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Rob Gronkowski good to go at Patriots camp

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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.

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51 Responses to “Rob Gronkowski good to go at Patriots camp”
  1. dcpatfan says: Jul 23, 2014 8:48 AM

    SUPERBOWL!!!!!

  2. floratiotime says: Jul 23, 2014 8:49 AM

    It always starts well … but in a few weeks he’ll be dancing shirtless on the IR list.

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Jul 23, 2014 8:49 AM

    Nice. Now he and the Patriots will once again, finish another Season with no Superbowl because they can no longer cheat and have illegal tapes burned for them. #ZeroSuperbowlsSinceSpygate

  4. cpitch12 says: Jul 23, 2014 8:52 AM

    great news….lets take it one week at a time with him…..he hasnt put a full year together in a long time………only time will tell….hope he stays healthy

  5. bonnovi says: Jul 23, 2014 8:52 AM

    Headline three weeks from now: “Gronkowski tears ACL, done for season.”

  6. deanvernonwormer says: Jul 23, 2014 8:55 AM

    He’ll be good for a few games, sure.

  7. nostalgicsound says: Jul 23, 2014 8:56 AM

    Jus don’t trip on a rubber mat!

    ~ Kevin Kolb

  8. billswillnevermove says: Jul 23, 2014 8:58 AM

    Until he shows up to a team meeting and gets a nose bleed. Glass.

  9. ironyisadeadscene says: Jul 23, 2014 8:58 AM

    I don’t get the injury prone moniker for Gronk….he broke his forearm, had an infection as a result of the surgery, and tore his acl/mcl. It’s not like he’s sitting out due to a groin injury, chronic hamstring, sprained toenail..etc

  10. orthomarine says: Jul 23, 2014 8:59 AM

    He’s so happy, he plans to take everyone dancing tonight

  11. doublezero74 says: Jul 23, 2014 8:59 AM

    this isn’t a news flash, gronk is a primetime difference maker. Brady is going to have an excellent year.

  12. ampats says: Jul 23, 2014 9:05 AM

    Be very afraid AFC. Last year with all the injuries this team somehow made it to the AFCC.

    Gronk soy Super Bowls !!

  13. dcpatfan says: Jul 23, 2014 9:06 AM

    hope u don’t mind the correction Rob….but plan on playing 19.
    Go Pats!!!

  14. cmoney20 says: Jul 23, 2014 9:10 AM

    Of course he is going to be ready to play. The team might try to be vague and tricksters about it but mark my words “He’ll be ready for camp” #ThePatriotWay

  15. patriotsarespygaters says: Jul 23, 2014 9:14 AM

    Here come the haters hoping he will be out by week 3 he played more than16 games 2 out of his 4 years in the league tj ward took a dirty shot on his knee

  16. deadlevelbest says: Jul 23, 2014 9:17 AM

    Good to go on IR maybe.

  17. jnbnet says: Jul 23, 2014 9:19 AM

    Here is to Gronk putting the injury bug behind him and returning to form. A healthy Patriot team will be able to “hang” with any other team in the NFL.

  18. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Jul 23, 2014 9:26 AM

    Until Calvin Pryor hits him.

  19. tommyribs says: Jul 23, 2014 9:31 AM

    For 8-10 games a year, he is a difference maker.

    I love Gronk, but the guy’s body does not have much left I am afraid.

  20. usa98j30t4 says: Jul 23, 2014 9:32 AM

    Best tight end in football. The Saint is a fraud.

    Rev up the steamroller!!!!

  21. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 23, 2014 9:47 AM

    Gronk was taken out by two intentional dirty hits that no player in the NFL could have survived. He is not made of glass and as long as other teams don’t target his legs as they have in the past he’ll play a full season.

  22. pastabelly101 says: Jul 23, 2014 10:04 AM

    A healthy Gronkowski and the 4 new receivers with a year under their belt bodes well for a big season from Brady and the Pats-never mind big upgrades in the defense looks like another big season— by the way no super bowl for the Washington franchise since Bush the first.

  23. jamaltimore says: Jul 23, 2014 10:13 AM

    Big whoop. QB is old and tired hasn’t really won anything lately. Coach may be in jail once the Hernandez texts are made public. Lastly, They play in the same conference as Joe Flacco and the Ravens so they have no chance. Joe owns the patriots!

  24. coldwater32301 says: Jul 23, 2014 10:14 AM

    Without an Aaron Hernandez like counterpart… Gronk is above average TE at best… But he is still top 5 threat in the red zone though… but in order to see great numbers from Gronk he needs a help from another equally or average TE…Indeed…

  25. bostonbadass says: Jul 23, 2014 10:22 AM

    This kid just loves to play football & enjoys life big time so haters keep hating but everyone knows that the kid & he is still a kid deserves to return to health & have a great season.
    I think his hard work & staying in Foxboro to rehab says a lot …

    Good luck Gronk !!!!

  26. bradyisyourdaddy says: Jul 23, 2014 10:26 AM

    Let the Patriot Hater training camp begin…

    13-3

  27. mrphelps01 says: Jul 23, 2014 10:31 AM

    The most dominant (non QB) players in the NFL:

    1) Calvin Johnson
    2) Rob Gronkowski

  28. pointywilliams says: Jul 23, 2014 10:34 AM

    Love Gronk!!!.. What a cartoon!!

  29. bcgreg says: Jul 23, 2014 10:51 AM

    Jimmy Graham is not a “fraud” as mentioned above, but if both are healthy, I’ll take Gronk all day!

    It’s like in the 90s between Shannon Sharpe and Ben Coates. For sure, Sharpe had a better career, but if I had a choice of either guy healthy and in their prime, I’d take Coates at TE 10 out of 10 times.

  30. gayforbrady says: Jul 23, 2014 10:51 AM

    Take the first 8 weeks off. Come back for Denver game. And ride the gronk to the super bowl.

  31. kissbillsrings says: Jul 23, 2014 10:54 AM

    BEST TE IN FOOTBALL

  32. mrphelps01 says: Jul 23, 2014 10:56 AM

    Gronk is above average at best? He caught a record 17 TD passes as a tight end in 2011. In 7 games last year (after multiple surgeries on his back and forearm), Gronk had 39 receptions for 591 yards and 4 TD’s. That works out to 90 catches, 1,350 yards and 8 TD’s over a 16 game season. Yeah. Above average at best.

  33. doubleogator says: Jul 23, 2014 11:04 AM

    At least for now…

  34. noahpft says: Jul 23, 2014 11:08 AM

    I cannot wait until Feb when Tommy and BB are polishing Lombardi #4 and proving to all you haters they’re the best at what they do….

    #BradyIsTheG.O.A.T

  35. kd75 says: Jul 23, 2014 11:37 AM

    Arrrrrggggg! Its clobberin time…

  36. sb44champs says: Jul 23, 2014 11:42 AM

    Graham > Gronk

  37. micknangold says: Jul 23, 2014 11:44 AM

    “I don’t get the injury prone moniker for Gronk….he broke his forearm, had an infection as a result of the surgery, and tore his acl/mcl. It’s not like he’s sitting out due to a groin injury, chronic hamstring, sprained toenail..etc”

    That’s not what injury prone means. It means he’s prone to getting injured, which can’t be denied. The implication (made by plenty on PFT) that he’s getting hurt because he’s not “tough” is absurd, however. I’ve seen him put quality run defending linebackers on skates in the run game. Soft football players, especially tight ends, don’t/can’t do that.

    That said, I hope his injuries have turned him into a shell of his former self, or the Jets are getting swept by the Pats. We haven’t been able to find an answer for him. Not that anyone has.

  38. justintuckrule says: Jul 23, 2014 12:03 PM

    Terrible decision. The pats don’t need him to make the playoffs. But, they need him to win the SB. Because of those facts alone, I’d PUP him just to protect him then I’d activate him in December for some tune ups before the REAL season begins. Without him, they win the division at 11-5. With him, maybe they get the 2 seed. Not worth it.

  39. hurricanes88 says: Jul 23, 2014 12:12 PM

    Gronk happy! Gronk dance, yes!

  40. spoilerfutbol says: Jul 23, 2014 12:39 PM

    Hard to believe how people still calling Gronk “injury prone”, come on….. 2 of the 3 injuries were freak injuries,
    1. A man falling on his ankle
    3. A big hit on the knee

  41. CKL says: Jul 23, 2014 12:44 PM

    I love the guy but at this point, I look at him as a lottery ticket. If they get him back healthy for the year, it’s gravy. But they sure better plan to live life without him. Even if he is back in game 1, ACL injuries usually take their toll the first year a guy is back and they aren’t the same player. 2015 though? Heck yes!

  42. justintuckrule says: Jul 23, 2014 12:54 PM

    Strategically…..It makes more sense for them to rest his knee for a few more months and have him 100% for the stretch run than risk a re-injury.

    They should learn a lesson from the Skins rushing back Griffin.

    The Pats can’t win the SB without Gronk. FACT.

  43. j0esixpack says: Jul 23, 2014 1:37 PM

    Teams better HOPE Gronk gets injured again

    The Pats have yet to have him healthy for the playoffs. If they had you’d not see fans chortling that the Patriots “only” have 3 Super Bowl rings in 5 appearances in the Belichick/Brady era

    When he’s healthy we know the current team can come from 24 points behind to beat the AFC leading Broncos.

    When he’s injured we know the results are not as good.

    A healthy Gronk plus an improved D with Revis (and the Broncos have been shown to be vulnerable to a good D) indicates good things for the Patriots.

  44. madddogg365 says: Jul 23, 2014 2:12 PM

    usa98j30t4 says:Jul 23, 2014 9:32 AM

    Best tight end in football. The Saint is a fraud.

    When he can play at least 12 games a season then talk.

  45. tigerlilac says: Jul 23, 2014 3:21 PM

    I love watching Gronk play football. He blocks, gets open, catches the ball, gets major YAC, and scores touchdowns. Best of all, he has fun doing every one of them. No true football fan enjoys to see Gronk get hurt. I wish him well.

  46. penthousepauper1960 says: Jul 23, 2014 3:22 PM

    I almost feel bad for logicalvoice…ALMOST!

  47. kdppatriots says: Jul 23, 2014 5:02 PM

    I dont understand how they say that Gronk is made of glass. The reason he tore his ACL was because TJ Ward Launched at his knee.

  48. bobsnygiants says: Jul 23, 2014 6:44 PM

    Play him like nothing happen, if you don’t and he gets in the first game you be second questing

  49. pukinbuzzard says: Jul 24, 2014 10:45 AM

    Gronk’s a gamer and will be a go all season and post season, #1 or #2 better watchout cuz he’s baaaack! pedhawks will get caught in 2014, Carroll will be fined and banned and niners will implode with all the egos fighting for PRIMETIME highlight reel catches Kaep will get ink poisoning from TAT’s and Welker will drop the big one again, just my opinion and I know it stinks like everyone elses but I’m entitled to it just like everyone else.

  50. patsarethegoat says: Jul 24, 2014 12:05 PM

    Gronk would’ve played in 19 games last year if it wasn’t for TJ “Dirty” Ward. The 19th game they played would’ve been a W too

  51. revren10 says: Jul 25, 2014 2:24 AM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Jul 23, 2014 8:49 AM
    Nice. Now he and the Patriots will once again, finish another Season with no Superbowl because they can no longer cheat and have illegal tapes burned for them. #ZeroSuperbowlsSinceSpygate

    The redbums zero superbowls since 1991.

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