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Gronk expects to play a 16-game season

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has missed almost as many games as he’s played in the last two seasons, and he’s entered two straight offseasons with significant injuries. But Gronk thinks this year will be different.

Gronkowski told Mike Reiss of ESPN that his recovery from a torn ACL is going well enough that he expects to play in Week One. And Gronkowski expects to play in Week 17, and every week in between.

“I’m planning on playing the whole season this year,” Gronkowski said. “I just want to play football. I love playing the game.”

Gronkowski said, however, that he’s not sure if he’ll be good to go when training camp opens, and he understands if the team’s medical staff wants him to ease into things.

“I don’t know yet until I report, so I’ll sit down with the coaches and training staff and we’ll see,” he said. “I’m just working with the trainers right now, improving every single day and whenever it starts up, whatever the trainers have, whatever the coaches have for me, whatever we feel comfortable with [we'll be] doing as much as possible every day that I can do.”

Having Gronkowski on the field every Sunday would be a big boost to the Patriots.

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  1. 1952vikefan says: Jul 19, 2014 3:52 PM

    there’s way more than 16 different games in Vegas

  2. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Jul 19, 2014 3:55 PM

    Calvin Pryor will look forward to seeing you on the field, if you’re lucky enough to make it to Week 7.

  3. freddiec8 says: Jul 19, 2014 3:56 PM

    Cut your loses and get ride of this guy he finds time for partying and vegas. I don’t think he cares about football after he got paid.

  4. nite2al says: Jul 19, 2014 3:56 PM

    And so does Danny Amendola…

    Once you are deemed injury proned, you stay injury proned…ain’t gonna happen!

  5. rrhoe says: Jul 19, 2014 3:57 PM

    I’ll believe it when I see it…..

  6. fthrvic says: Jul 19, 2014 4:00 PM

    So does Michael Vick. But I think we all know how that’s going to go.

  7. lingsun54 says: Jul 19, 2014 4:01 PM

    It’s not likely.

  8. logast says: Jul 19, 2014 4:02 PM

    Hope so! Just be healthy.

  9. pastabelly101 says: Jul 19, 2014 4:03 PM

    That means 16 Touchdowns for the big guy.

  10. otistaylor89 says: Jul 19, 2014 4:03 PM

    Gronk has missed the last two post seasons and was a shell of himself due to injury the year prior to that. That has more to do with Pats either not winning SB or at least making it the other two years than anything else.

  11. tommiepickles says: Jul 19, 2014 4:04 PM

    Gronk want ball. Gronk catch ball. Gronk touchdown.

  12. logicalvoicesays says: Jul 19, 2014 4:08 PM

    The Patriots haven’t won a Superbowl since Spygate. #Cheaters

  13. tedmurph says: Jul 19, 2014 4:12 PM

    How about a 19 game season? The Pats are good enough and the division has been bad enough for the Pats to almost walk into a bye. Not having him in the postseason is the killer. (Don’t give me the Super Bowl against the Giants. He was useless).

  14. butteredbreadced says: Jul 19, 2014 4:12 PM

    And I continuously expect to win the lottery when I buy a ticket, and yet here I sit.

  15. raidersfourlife says: Jul 19, 2014 4:15 PM

    Well duhh, you think he wouldnt? You think Darren Mcfadden doesnt plan to play 16 games. They both cant help being made of glass.

  16. garlandchapko says: Jul 19, 2014 4:18 PM

    I expect the Lions to make the playoffs, doesn’t mean its gonna happen.

  17. ilovecostcobut says: Jul 19, 2014 4:20 PM

    I’ll take that bet

  18. gln9213 says: Jul 19, 2014 4:21 PM

    Well good for him……

  19. nflfan1 says: Jul 19, 2014 4:26 PM

    The Patriots haven’t won a Superbowl since Spygate. #Cheaters
    ——————————————————–
    And neither have the Jets Bills Dolphins Lions Bears Vikings Niners Chargers Cardinals Broncos Raiders Texans Cowboys Eagles Washington Jags Bucs Titans Bengals Browns Chiefs Panthers Rams or Falcons

  20. mnsadsportsfan says: Jul 19, 2014 4:29 PM

    No way it aint happnin

  21. mogogo1 says: Jul 19, 2014 4:39 PM

    He played 16 games in each of his first 2 seasons. But he’s had a bad run the last two. Scary part is some of his injuries occur on plays where nothing abnormal really happens, like he just falls down and somehow gets hurt.

  22. boyshole25 says: Jul 19, 2014 4:45 PM

    Could be the Bo Jackson of tight ends

  23. brokebackbrees says: Jul 19, 2014 4:46 PM

    He should go spend training camp in Seattle.. They got all the “tools” a player needs to play a 16 game season. Or maybe Browner still has “tools” left over from playing in Seattle?

  24. ccc23454 says: Jul 19, 2014 4:53 PM

    AND Romo doesn’t want to throw interceptions at critical times, Chris Johnson wants to rush for 2000 yards, blah blah blah and none of these things will happen; history proves it!!!

  25. mattryansnoodlearm says: Jul 19, 2014 4:54 PM

    Talk is cheap. Dudes missed 14 games since entering the league.

  26. thethunderofgunns says: Jul 19, 2014 5:03 PM

    Yeah, well I hope for him and DMAC to play a 16 game season and so far it’s only happened on Madden.

  27. dickshotdogs says: Jul 19, 2014 5:14 PM

    Hey, my fellow Patriots fans, it’s gonna be an awesome year! I love how Jet fans troll our stories. Can’t you just picture their heads exploding as they post these messages? New England Patriots, this years Superbowl Champions!

  28. descendency says: Jul 19, 2014 5:23 PM

    I think he means 13 regular season games, A division playoff game, AFC Championship game, and the Super Bowl. That’s 16 games right?

  29. nostalgicsound says: Jul 19, 2014 5:48 PM

    Couldn’t help but chuckle when I read the headline.

  30. mzim2756 says: Jul 19, 2014 5:52 PM

    Maybe on Madden

  31. bobc74 says: Jul 19, 2014 5:57 PM

    If I were an owner, GM or coach I’d be really worried if any of my players expected anything less than to play every game of the season. And I’d also be looking to get rid of any players that expected to play less than every game as soon as I possibly could.

  32. sportsfan18 says: Jul 19, 2014 6:00 PM

    nflfan1 says:
    Jul 19, 2014 4:26 PM
    The Patriots haven’t won a Superbowl since Spygate. #Cheaters
    ——————————————————–
    And neither have the Jets Bills Dolphins Lions Bears Vikings Niners Chargers Cardinals Broncos Raiders Texans Cowboys Eagles Washington Jags Bucs Titans Bengals Browns Chiefs Panthers Rams or Falcons

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    But NONE of the teams you mentioned had won 3 of of 4 Super Bowls (2001, 2002 & 2004) and then been shut out of Super Bowl wins with the same HOF coach and the same HOF QB still prowling around.

    Pre syp gate

    Bill B. Tom B. Super Bowl wins 3

    Post syp gate

    Bill B. Tom B. Super Bowl wins 0

    so those other teams you mentioned are NOT like the Pats were just before Spy gate, it’s not an apples to apples comparison.

    Also, how many of the teams you listed still have the same starting QB and coach from then (2001, 2002, 2004) and still have them both?

  33. armchairqb says: Jul 19, 2014 6:00 PM

    /laughs

  34. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 19, 2014 6:06 PM

    I think Gronk has better odds of starring in a Chippendales male revue than he does of playing 16 games….. though roids do help healing process…

  35. stealthscorpio says: Jul 19, 2014 6:06 PM

    China Doll…

  36. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 19, 2014 6:07 PM

    I guess he is assuming the Pats don’t make the playoffs….. with their division, even I think they play 17 games

  37. thefiesty1 says: Jul 19, 2014 6:09 PM

    Not going to happen. Injury prone. He’ll be lucky to make 3-4 games.

  38. tedmurph says: Jul 19, 2014 6:20 PM

    But NONE of the teams you mentioned had won 3 of of 4 Super Bowls (2001, 2002 & 2004) and then been shut out of Super Bowl wins with the same HOF coach and the same HOF QB still prowling around.

    But not the same defense. The difference was the defense was championship caliber during SBowl wins and not even close since(until this yr). Nothing to do with spygate.

  39. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 19, 2014 6:24 PM

    LOL at Pats fans

    IMO, they have NO legit SB wins…. damn lucky team to play in AFC East and AFC to inflate record and make it easy to get to playoffs

    No wins since Spygate speaks volumes, part with Brady still there (and I do think he is great)

  40. bostonbadass says: Jul 19, 2014 6:51 PM

    # BEAST

  41. tedmurph says: Jul 19, 2014 6:51 PM

    Copy and paste again. Real interesting. Almost read halfway thru this time.

  42. patr1ots says: Jul 19, 2014 6:56 PM

    Ok, to the “no wins since spygate” crowd.

    I think we can all agree 07 SB, if Tyree doesn’t make that catch, pats win. 10 SB, if Welker makes that catch and/or Manningham doesn’t make that sideline catch, pats win.

    That’s 2/3 plays from winning TWO since spygate. You’re telling me your whole argument is based off the fact that those 2/3 plays didn’t go in there favor?

    I’m sure if they were “cheating” Tyree doesn’t make that catch, and Welker does. Right?

  43. TheWizard says: Jul 19, 2014 7:02 PM

    IMO, they have NO legit SB wins

    Simply a case of mind over matter bro.

    We don’t mind, cause you don’t matter.

  44. bcgreg says: Jul 19, 2014 7:04 PM

    I understand the uninformed, blind hate about the not winning SBs since Spygate, but generally speaking, a successful season in any sport is when you make the league’s final four. So:

    4 AFCCGs and 3 SB appearances before Spygate (2001-2006). 4 AFCCGs and 2 SB appearances after Spygate (2007-2013). 2 MVPs after Spygate (one of them being the first unanimous selection in NFL history and ironically, zero MVPs before Spygate). Most wins in the league before Spygate (2001-2006). Most wins in the league after Spygate (2007-2013).

    So what exactly was Spygate? NUTHIN’. It was the most overblown story in the last 25 years by far. And lastly, I have one question for the uninformed haters. If the Pats haven’t won a SB since Spygate, which is your own loser argument, then why didn’t they win every SB before Spygate? If Spygate was why they won, then they should have won in 2002, 2005, and 2006. Hey, it’s your logic…

  45. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 19, 2014 7:14 PM

    I stand by my comments

    someone has to rep AFC and get to SB… Pats lost twice to NFC wildcard team….. they probably lose to other NFC teams as well if they made SB

    and fact is Pats cheated..not a debate.. so also fair to discount the long time ago SBs

    and also fair.. Pats play in extremely weak division which almost guarantees they make playoffs every year… then they are in AFC and have shot to go to SB

    be fair

  46. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 19, 2014 7:16 PM

    and you also can not deny that Pats have very low ethical standards.. they sign players no one else will… their owner, by own admission, is not smart

    how do you alibi all this “I was duped” stuff

  47. elitekane says: Jul 19, 2014 7:29 PM

    I’m sorry about all you patriots haters that your teams haven’t won. You guys mad bro?

  48. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 19, 2014 7:36 PM

    real curious to hear rational dispute to my comments

    yes, mad.. Pats demean the league, yet are promoted and protected…. you know darn well what they are

  49. bcgreg says: Jul 19, 2014 7:53 PM

    @politicallyincorrect

    How did they cheat? They stole signs? Every team steals signs weather it’s by using binoculars, taking notes, or filming. Yes. Filming. Jimmy Johnson and the Cowboys did it (by Johnson’s own admission). The Chiefs did it (Johnson learned this practice from the Chiefs, who had a coaching staff consisting of Dungy, Cowher, and Herm Edwards). All 3 of those guys have said they knew of the practice around the league and never had any use for it meaning they didn’t get anything out of it. Cowher is on record as saying Belichick was guilty of arrogance not filming. So, from people involved in the league at a coaching level including 3 potential HOF coaches, no competitive advantage was gained from it.

    The “cheating” aspect of filming comes from the ancillary aspect of the videotaping rules of not being able to watch in game film during that game (ie watching game film at halftime), which btw is done in the other 3 major sports. There was no evidence showing that the Pats did this. So, if you want to believe they did without evidence then be my guest. But, if you show me proof that Belichick was watching in game film, then I am with you 100%. They cheated.

    So again, how did they cheat? By having a camera on the sideline instead of in an “enclosed” location, which the rules allow? Yes, they broke a camera placement rule. However, there are no rules regarding what can be filmed only where they can be filmed from.

    I will never say that the Pats didn’t break the rules. But I will also never say that they flat out cheated to gain some perceived advantage when it is perfectly legal to film what they filmed.

    And who have they signed that no one else will? Corey Dillon? They traded for him. Moss? Traded. Ocho? Traded. Haynesworth? Traded (and never played a down for them). So I don’t get that point.

    As for the owner “being duped”? Other than Jerry Jones, how many owners do you think know the everyday minutia (including gameday) of the team (and some would argue that Jerry Jones doesn’t know)? As a matter of fact, Kraft called Belichick a moron for what he did. So, again, I don’t get your point on that.

    And, I’ll stand by my words too because I have done my homework on this because as a Pats fan, I wanted to know what the outcry was about when this happened because I didn’t like the initial reports either. But in doing some research, it was very easy to see that this story was overblown beyond belief.

  50. bcgreg says: Jul 19, 2014 7:57 PM

    And funny how everyone mentions the weak AFC East when talking about the Pats. Another loser argument.

    No one dares mention the weak NFC West that the 49ers and Joe Montana had to go through in the 80s. Think of the Rams, Saints, and Falcons of the 80s. My good God! Awful!

  51. kissbillsrings says: Jul 19, 2014 8:05 PM

    So they not only cheated but also are protected by the league….
    I almost laughed myself to years… Your pain brings me such happiness…truly!!!
    I’m so happy to be a patriots fan & read all the hate posts…. I think I look forward to those more than the logical thought out ones ….
    Kraft basically saved football & you think he’s not smart…. By your own admition yup believe everything the media says & you are duped as well ….. 33 pages of texts became 34 texts over months of time…. I’m guessing you believe Kraft had Roger destroy all the non existsnt pages too….
    Go back to your Kennedy & Roswell conspiracies or better yet keep crying on every Patriots post so I can just keep on smiling…
    I really enjoy knowing that the Patriots own you like most every team out there …
    Go Patriots!!!!

  52. atthemurph says: Jul 19, 2014 8:34 PM

    Expects to but won’t.

  53. kissbillsrings says: Jul 19, 2014 8:35 PM

    My post above…tears not years & you not yup … Sorry didn’t check what my spell check incerted on me

  54. kissbillsrings says: Jul 19, 2014 8:40 PM

    Man if GRONK can play a full year & post season to completion that would be HUGE!!!
    Hope Dobson takes a big leap this year as well as Boyce….
    & if the new rookie RB White & Vareen are both in the back field on play action things could get real exciting!!

  55. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Jul 19, 2014 8:49 PM

    LOL at all the in denial cheater fans. uMAD that your team hasn’t won a legitimate super bowl? Umaddddd?????

  56. kissbillsrings says: Jul 19, 2014 9:01 PM

    Thrilled we got 3 actually…but disappointed about those 2 losses to the Giants…. They hurt for sure but excited to see if we can get a fourth this year!!!

  57. rextraordinaire says: Jul 19, 2014 9:10 PM

    So does Amendola, and Derrick Rose, and Jay Cutler. These things happen

  58. tedmurph says: Jul 19, 2014 9:21 PM

    Time to change up the old screen name I guess, eh buff

  59. FinFan68 says: Jul 19, 2014 9:24 PM

    Game, set, match. Winner: bcgreg.

    Spygate was blown out of proportion and was basically a procedural error/deviation. Teams try to steal signs/plays all the time. There is a reason the coaches cover their mouths when sending in the plays. If the Pats were viewing the film during the games then, hey, call them cheaters. Mangini (original complainer) never even accused them of that.

    Now the snow plow game back in ’82…that was cheating!!!! :)

  60. mistrezzrachael says: Jul 19, 2014 9:55 PM

    Gronkowski, is one of the NFL’s unstoppable players.

    Both his injuries were freakish, especially the arm.

    If, he stays healthy, Patriots one of top 3 teams in NFL, especially the way they have loaded up on defense. They now have some studs, and may have best team since 2004.

  61. mistrezzrachael says: Jul 19, 2014 9:59 PM

    FinFan68 says:
    Jul 19, 2014 9:24 PM
    Game, set, match. Winner: bcgreg.

    Spygate was blown out of proportion and was basically a procedural error/deviation. Teams try to steal signs/plays all the time. There is a reason the coaches cover their mouths when sending in the plays. If the Pats were viewing the film during the games then, hey, call them cheaters. Mangini (original complainer) never even accused them of that.

    Now the snow plow game back in ’82…that was cheating!!!! :)

    I lived in NE in 1982, was @ that game…one of greatest scenes I’ve ever seen…hilarious.!!!!!

    Met Don Shula 6 years ago…and he still BURNS when you mention the snow plow game…LOL, Dolphins beaten by convict on work release. Good ole Ron Meyer was known to bend rules, especially @ SMU.

  62. bobl242 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:15 PM

    nflfan1 says:
    Jul 19, 2014 4:26 PM
    The Patriots haven’t won a Superbowl since Spygate. #Cheaters
    ——————————————————–
    And neither have the Jets Bills Dolphins Lions Bears Vikings Niners Chargers Cardinals Broncos Raiders Texans Cowboys Eagles Washington Jags Bucs Titans Bengals Browns Chiefs Panthers Rams or Falcons
    ————————————————————-
    None of those teams you mentioned were accused of cheating, therefore giving them the upper hand.

  63. patsbrat says: Jul 19, 2014 10:19 PM

    The goal is to play 19 games, not 16.

  64. kissbillsrings says: Jul 19, 2014 10:26 PM

    Or at least be healthy for & playing in the 19th game….if he starts the season on pup I’d be fine with that if that were the case!!

  65. patsbrat says: Jul 19, 2014 10:28 PM

    @finfan68 – Thanks for your post. Have to love that story. The guy driving the tractor, Mark Henderson, was on work release from prison. After the game a Miami reporter told him Shula was PO’d. Henderson says “What are they going to do, throw me in jail?”

    Haters should have a field day with this one…

  66. thereyougo2 says: Jul 19, 2014 10:44 PM

    Brady is old. He goes bad that’s the end of pats excellent run.

    Defense is improved when proven. Let the games begin.

  67. kissbillsrings says: Jul 19, 2014 11:03 PM

    Garropollo to the rescue…. 4 years from now when Brady retires with 2 more rings!!

  68. charmcitychampions says: Jul 19, 2014 11:26 PM

    I’ll take my Ravens two LEGITIMATE SB trophies to your 3 tarnished and shameful ones.

    #peopledontforget

  69. hpeters77 says: Jul 19, 2014 11:44 PM

    Hum out of the 3 TE’s in that draft which one was the best value? Gronk (glass boy), Hernandez (please dont shoot me boy, Graham. which one will you choose

  70. patsack69 says: Jul 20, 2014 2:22 AM

    Gronk….owski lets call him by his full name. He seems to buy into that nickname alter ego bs. Play football and stop fooling around

  71. lanman11 says: Jul 20, 2014 4:02 AM

    The NFL is a better place when Gronk is playing. He does nothing wrong. He’s a fun guy.

  72. bearsoxass says: Jul 20, 2014 8:29 AM

    Broke his leg week 3, too much steroids.

  73. clelek05 says: Jul 20, 2014 9:24 AM

    I love reading the AFC East is weak. It’s not. The Patriots make it look weak because they are that much better than the Bills, Jets and Dolphins. But is it just me or do the Bills, Jets and Dolphins beat teams from the other “good” divisions each week? Such a lame argument. This is the NFL. It is called parity, and the division strength fluctuates every year.

  74. quickdraw85 says: Jul 20, 2014 9:41 AM

    That’s all I would expect too Gronk. Regular season only. Forget about the playoffs. Patriots are on the decline fool!

  75. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 20, 2014 10:18 AM

    The AFC East is beyond weak…. they have 2 teams in this poll among bottom 5 in the league…. and the Jets should be right there as well but they play in this division….. Pats almost guaranteed playoffs every year.. but this does not make them any good… they are a nice AFC team, nothing more

  76. cityclub13 says: Jul 20, 2014 10:39 AM

    Wow, you expect to do what you get paid to do. I expect to eat food and breathe air.

  77. elitekane says: Jul 20, 2014 11:10 AM

    Even if the Patriots won again, you’d haters probably say were cheating again. You guys are definitely mad lol.

  78. kissbillsrings says: Jul 20, 2014 12:03 PM

    GRONK all day over Grahm!!!
    Pats play #1seed in each division they play every year & just about win all those as well… Weak argument about AFC east…
    Also they draft nearly last every year & still are one of the best teams in entire NFL year after year & if making the AFC championship game time & time again is on the decline you are just a clueless fan… But don’t feel bad, from what I can tell from many of the other posters you aren’t alone!!
    Pats are gonna be great a loooooong time still
    Choke on that !!!

  79. bradysjock says: Jul 20, 2014 1:01 PM

    Charm city champions, people don’t forget your best defensive player in both of those wins was a murderer..

  80. bcgreg says: Jul 21, 2014 7:53 AM

    What year did the Ravens win the Super Bowl? I forget.

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