Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said over the weekend that there was no rift between the team and tight end Rob Gronkowski about the pace of his return to game action this season.
Gronkowski’s agent Drew Rosenhaus echoed those sentiments, as well as those of Patriots coach Bill Belichick on the difference between practicing and playing in a game on Thursday.
“There’s a huge difference between being cleared to practice and being cleared to play in a game,” Rosenhaus said on WQAM in Miami, via Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com. “I’ve had great dialogue with Coach Belichick and the Patriots’ medical staff and Rob and his family. Everybody’s on the same page, except it’s gotten a lot of play in the media and all these unsubstantiated sources.”
Last weekend, PFT reported that Gronkowski was likely to miss one more game, at most, before making his long-awaited 2013 debut. Rosenhaus said that Gronkowski still has not been cleared by Dr. James Andrews, but that he’ll “hopefully” be back soon and that this Sunday’s date with the Jets remains a possibility should Gronkowski get the necessary medical clearance.