The presence of tight end Rob Gronkowski on the field during the portion of Monday’s practice open to the media generated a flurry of tweets and reports indicating Gronkowski, whose most recent surgery was on his back, may soon be ready to play.
For coach Bill Belichick it was no big deal.
“He’s been out there every day,” Belichick told reporters on Tuesday. ”He hasn’t missed a day of camp.”
That answer prompted from a reporter the one-word verbal equivalent of a spit take: ”Gronkowski?”
“He was here the first day of camp,” Belichick said. ”He’s been doing the same thing every day.”
Those last four words quickly became the chorus to a song.
Question: ”How has he looked recently?”
“He’s been doing the same thing every day.”
Question: ”He’s been out there every day?”
“The same thing every day. For those of us who have been here, it’s been the same thing every day.”
Question: ”He was out in view of the media yesterday.”
“Same thing every day.”
Earlier in the press conference, Belichick was asked in general terms the question he’ll face come Saturday when the time comes to put Gronkowski on the active roster or shut him down for at least six weeks by leaving him on the PUP list: What happens if the player otherwise destined for the PUP list would miss only the first two or three games?
“Every decision we make on a player comes down to two things really: What’s best for the player and what’s best for the team. When those are the same, it’s easy. When they’re not, something has to give and you have to make a call one way or the other. That’s the way it is with everything.”
It’s unclear how Belichick will resolve that issue with Gronkowski. Until then, Gronkowski presumably will do the same thing every day.