Rob Gronkowski good to go at Patriots camp

AP

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.

51 responses to “Rob Gronkowski good to go at Patriots camp

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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

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

    Gronk soy Super Bowls !!

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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…

  12. 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 !!!!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. “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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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

  25. 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.

  26. 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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