Less than eight months after suffering a torn ACL, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is ready to go.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick confirmed this morning that Gronkowski has been cleared by the team’s medical staff and will not be placed on the physically unable to perform list at the start of camp.
That’s great news for the Patriots and Gronkowski, who has been plagued by injuries the last two years. Gronkowski played just seven games last year, but he recently said he expects to play 16 games this year.
The Patriots may take it easy on Gronkowski during training camp and the preseason in order to ensure that he’s 100 percent when Week One rolls around. But taking it easy on him is a choice, not a necessity. Gronkowski is ready to play.