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Patriots still unsure when Gronk will be ready for contact

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was medically cleared to practice before the start of training camp, but he still hasn’t participated in any full-contact work.

According to the Patriots’ website, it remains a mystery when Gronkowski will be able to go all-out in contact drills, and whether he will play at all in the preseason. But Gronkowski sounds confident about his recovery from the torn ACL that ended his 2013 season.

“I’m going full-speed in the drills I’m doing, but they’re just limiting the drills I can do. Most likely, when I’m cleared for contact, it will be full-go, too,” Gronkowski said.

Gronkowski said he and the team just want to exercise caution to make sure that he’s fully healthy when the season starts.

“Just a little time off to let the knee heal a little bit more. You know, you can’t always be grinding on it 24/7 off an injury. You have to let it heal,” he said. “I’m feeling better since the time off, so, it’s going well. My body kind of needed it, my knee needed it, that rest, when they went to Virginia. It was good progress.”

In the two years since Gronkowski’s breakout 2012 season, he’s been so plagued by injuries that he’s missed as much playing time as he’s participated in. But when Gronkowski is on the field, he’s one of the best offensive threats in the league. The Patriots just want to make sure Gronkowski is healthy when the games count.

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61 Responses to “Patriots still unsure when Gronk will be ready for contact”
  1. bubbybrisket says: Aug 10, 2014 7:06 PM

    Aaron Hernandez is a free agent.

  2. bostonbadass says: Aug 10, 2014 7:08 PM

    Que all the idiotic I jury prone comments from the patriot Haters in 3-2-1 ok nit wits go.

    Hope you have a healthy season Gronk you deserve it & earned it.

    Go patriots. ..

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 10, 2014 7:09 PM

    So let it heal 24/7 between now and whatever time it is when the play clock starts for the first play of the first offensive drive of the season. The game of football is far more interesting when a team has all of their best players healthy and available to play. Shake off the rust on the first route and blame the defender for contact and not adjusting if you can’t cut clean free for that first one.

  4. barsfordays says: Aug 10, 2014 7:09 PM

    Kenbrell Thompkins is a gem. Brady loves throwing to the guy. As long as he tightens up on his drops he’ll be a legit No.1 WR

  5. filthymcnastyi says: Aug 10, 2014 7:12 PM

    Suck it!

  6. passmeabruschi54 says: Aug 10, 2014 7:15 PM

    There is no reason to rush Gronk into everything, especially with another joint practice session coming up…some rookie FA for the Eagles looking to make his mark diving at Gronk’s knees. He’ll probably get worked in the week leading up to preseason game #3 and maybe play then. Either way I’m just hoping he’s around for the playoffs because the guy is a difference maker and a match-up nightmare.

  7. Steeler Nation is so far above you and your lowly franchise. We built this league. Pittsburgh's three rivers are made from the tears of our opponents. Bow to your supreme overlords. says: Aug 10, 2014 7:16 PM

    Gronkowski = Humpty Dumpty

  8. mackcarrington says: Aug 10, 2014 7:16 PM

    Look, people are paying full price for these preseason games. If a guy can’t get out there and go full speed in these games, then it’s safe to say he’s a slacker. Sounds like Gronk is getting soft.

  9. floratiotime says: Aug 10, 2014 7:19 PM

    You have to pretend he doesn’t have injuries issues or you’re a hater.

  10. thndrgrv says: Aug 10, 2014 7:21 PM

    Buttercup.

  11. justsomerandomguy24 says: Aug 10, 2014 7:27 PM

    Hope he gets and stays healthy. Fan or the team or not, he is a pretty fun player to watch.

  12. crawfish2011 says: Aug 10, 2014 7:28 PM

    Games missed since over the last 2 seasons.
    Jimmy Graham – 1
    Rob Gronkowski – 16

  13. beattention says: Aug 10, 2014 7:40 PM

    Please get rid of him, please!

  14. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 10, 2014 7:43 PM

    I find Gronk amusing…

    much more likely to spend time dancing shirtless with guys than playing football with men

  15. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 10, 2014 7:44 PM

    just watched Longest Yard, maybe Gronk is taking the wrong steroids

  16. 6ball says: Aug 10, 2014 7:45 PM

    .
    @Steelernation

    Humpty Dumpty had 9 catches for 143 yards and one TD vs the Steelers last year. Perhaps you should sign all the king’s horses and all the king’s men and drop them into coverage?
    .

  17. patriotsarespygaters says: Aug 10, 2014 7:59 PM

    The patriot and gronk haters are pathetic …if u have nothing good to say stop commenting on this articles about him and them go to his twitter page and hate there

  18. jlpats says: Aug 10, 2014 8:01 PM

    55 points on the steelers last year steeler nation

  19. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 10, 2014 8:10 PM

    ohh the pats fans don’t like haters..

    well, sorry, we don’t like scummy cheating organizations

    live with it

  20. pats1944 says: Aug 10, 2014 8:12 PM

    What a poor title. The patriots know when gronk will be ready they just don’t tell anyone

  21. jlpats says: Aug 10, 2014 8:14 PM

    Steelers haven’t been relevant for years

  22. unislaya says: Aug 10, 2014 8:14 PM

    I’m pretty sure that Gronk is 3 for 3 in his last three appearances. That’s: 3 injuries for 3 appearances.

    he can’t help it, he’s just glass. Maybe he should drink some milk?

  23. VenerableAxiom says: Aug 10, 2014 8:15 PM

    It’s not easy to come back to full form the next season following a serious knee injury. Especially a nasty one at the end of the previous season. RG3 is a good example, and his wasn’t as bad.

  24. bospat says: Aug 10, 2014 8:48 PM

    Steelers last playoff appearance was a loss to Tim Tebow

  25. kissmytaintpatriotsrule says: Aug 10, 2014 8:56 PM

    I doubt the Patriots have any question about when Gronk will be ready they just don’t want to tell the media.

  26. akboot says: Aug 10, 2014 9:06 PM

    patriotsarespygaters says:
    Aug 10, 2014 7:59 PM

    The patriot and gronk haters are pathetic …if u have nothing good to say stop commenting on this articles about him and them go to his twitter page and hate there
    ================================

    They get that from the packer clowns. They are obnoxious morons too.

  27. jammer101 says: Aug 10, 2014 9:07 PM

    I can’t see the Pats taking the chance in a pre-season tilt with Mr.Glass, regular season it is!!

  28. ncarolinabluze says: Aug 10, 2014 9:19 PM

    In this weeks edition of Patriot Games….

  29. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 10, 2014 9:21 PM

    People who make the glass comments about Gronk are ridiculous.

    Two of his 3 injuries have come from brutal dirty low hits that would have cause a serious injury to any player in the NFL period.

    SMH

  30. rebosprj says: Aug 10, 2014 9:35 PM

    Most of the Patriot haters that talk about “SPYGATE” on a regular basis have NO IDEA what it was about, or the time table in question. It’s funny to me that they think it was cheating, or in anyway,
    negates the Pats 3 rings… Here is a history lesson for you so the next time you want to talk about “SPYGATE”, you actually know what happened!

    “SPYGATE” is in the reference to the illegal taping of defensive signals from the sidelines, for viewing AFTER THE GAME, which was deemed against the rules back in 2006.

    This new rule was established in a memo from Roger Goodell’s office and sent to ALL teams in the NFL. Not just the Pats… Let me repeat… This memo was sent to ALL TEAMS IN THE NFL…

    The reason being is because “SPYGATE” had likely been done by several teams in the NFL for DECADES, and NO WHERE IN THE RULE BOOK did it say it couldn’t be done.

    The rules clearly stated that you couldn’t tape from the sidelines t use that information for assistance DURING the game. It said NOTHING ABOUT TAPING FROM THE SIDELINES TO REVIEW THAT INFORMATION AFTER THE GAME. Which is EXACTLY what we are talking about!

    With that being said, the actual “SPYGATE” controversy is about the Patriots continuing to tape these signals from the date the memo was sent out in 2006, to their 2007 season opener against the Jets on 9/9/2007.

    Anytime, before this memo in 2006, including their 3 Super Bowl titles, IS NOT WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT.

    What is in question is the 2007 preseason and the 2007 season opener against the Jets. THAT IS ALL,, So if you want to call the Pats cheaters during that 1 year time frame, but all means. They were CHEATERS. Too bad for your hater narrative, all of the Pats 3 rings were won before 2006. So what they were doing at that time WAS NOT CHEATING!

    Fox NFL Sunday, September 16, 2007.

    Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson said, “This is exactly how I was told to do it 18 years ago by a Kansas City Chiefs scout. I tried it, but I didn’t think it helped us.” Johnson also said, “Bill Belichick was wrong because he videotaped signals after a memo was sent out to all of the teams saying not to do it. But what irritates me is hearing some reactions from players and coaches. These players don’t know what their coaches are doing. And some of the coaches have selective amnesia because I know for a fact there were various teams doing this. That’s why the memo was sent to everybody.”

    Oh also, as for the AFC East being a cake walk, do some real research before ya’ll spout off looking and sounding totally clueless, and a mere make believe football fan

    Winning percentage per division since 2002:

    AFC East: .525
    NFC East: .518
    NFC South: .515
    AFC South: .512
    AFC North: .509
    AFC West: .488
    NFC North: .480
    NFC West: .453

    So deal with it, most successful NFL franchise in over a decade. The funny thing with these blogs are the ones that complain the most have never even been in sniffing distance of a championship.
    PS. I am not a Pats fan, just a fan of football period….

  31. bostonbadass says: Aug 10, 2014 9:37 PM

    Funny Gronk would be a BEAST, FREAK OF NATURE, UNSTOPPABLE, THE BEST TE I. THE HISTORY OF THE NFL if he played for anyone but the patriots. ..
    Get a life Haters this kids gonna come back with a vengeance. ..

  32. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 10, 2014 10:10 PM

    more likely.. w/o steroids and lax academic institutions, Gronk would never have made it to the NFL

  33. 4thqtrsaint says: Aug 10, 2014 10:13 PM

    Lot of jealousy here. A healthy Gronk is a great player. The Graham/Gronk debate makes the game fun. They are both fun to watch. I’d rather the guy be healthy.

  34. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 10, 2014 10:14 PM

    LOL at guy pitching Pats as most successful NFL franchise…. now, if talking AFC, while still not true, would not be as ridiculous a statement

    AFC East is by far the worst division in the league…. 3 of the teams are among the worst 10 in the league… greatly diminish’s Pats record… and Pats have not won a thing since being caught cheating… so don’t tell me how successful Pats are

    Pats are the least ethical org in the league and nothing more than a nice AFC team

  35. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 10, 2014 10:16 PM

    Gronk is a true man’s man…… know what I mean?

  36. tebowbrokesteelers says: Aug 10, 2014 11:25 PM

    I love watching the patriots put whoppings on the Steelers and I am not even a patriot fan. Haha

  37. atp123 says: Aug 10, 2014 11:28 PM

    politically correct – math (or logic) is not exactly your strong suit.

    When two teams in a division play each other, the division’s entire record is 1-1 since one team won and the other lost (assuming it’s not a tie).

    I know it’s tough for you to admit, but since the NFL went to the current 8-division format, yes, the AFC East does indeed have a better record than any other division in football.

    Even if you only look at 2013, the AFC East was far from the worst division; they had a better record than the AFC North, AFC South, NFC East or NFC North.

    “3 of the teams among the worst 10 in league”? Draft order is determined by how bad a team is, and those three were 9th, 18th and 19th – so no, another fail in logic.

    While it’s true that there’s no championships “since”, that’s more due to no longer having Law, Milloy, Harrison, Vrabel, Bruschi, McGinest, etc. than anything else. The team has actually had a better won-lost in that time, so you’re argument fails yet again.

    But hey, keep repeating these myths every day if it makes your sad existence feel better.

  38. championshipcentral says: Aug 11, 2014 12:23 AM

    @politicallyIncoherent
    Keep your head firmly planted in the sand.

  39. scw1993 says: Aug 11, 2014 12:28 AM

    politicallyincorrect…do you ever count how many times you troll on each NE thread? You’re obsessed, seek help, seriously…or better yet, worry about the redskins.

  40. Steven Keys says: Aug 11, 2014 12:39 AM

    If Rob Gronkowski does not make a serious contribution to the 2014-15 season, it’s time for Patriots to cut ties with their All-Pro tight end.

    Regardless of public cmt, Rob’s on-going, sorry state most certainly alters strategies of both Brady and Belichick and prevents full pursuit of alternatives. Pats are coming up short of late and can ill afford unreliability in a key position as tight-end.

  41. bigwii says: Aug 11, 2014 2:10 AM

    Looks like PoliticallyIncorrect tries so hard to find ways to criticize the Pats, give it up dude while you still have some shame. Al this hate makes you look petty.

  42. sumkat says: Aug 11, 2014 2:23 AM

    The day after never

    Ashame, all the talent in the world, but the guy just keeps getting hurt, and with his style of play, I doubt that is going to change going forward. He probably won’t be right most of this season (few guys are after a full tear, and those are usually the guys that do it in camp and have the full year to rest), and between that and the forearm/shoulder, just too long of a list for a guy his age, with his hard nosed style

    Pats need him to have a big season though, the lack of other weapons on that team is glaring. When defenses are geared towards Gronk in the middle, average guys on the outside are going to get 1 on 1s, and with Brady, going to be able to take advantage. Without him, or without him playing well, even Brady is going to have a tough time making that team a top 15 offense. If Gronk has a big season, they could be top 5

  43. sumkat says: Aug 11, 2014 2:34 AM

    VenerableAxiom says:
    Aug 10, 2014 8:15 PM
    It’s not easy to come back to full form the next season following a serious knee injury. Especially a nasty one at the end of the previous season. RG3 is a good example, and his wasn’t as bad.

    ____________

    You consider RG3 last year to be “back to full form” compared to his rookie year? If he played his rookie season the way he played last year, he wouldn’t of had half the hype he did. Guys have better recovery time than they did in the 80’s when this was a career ender, and 15 years ago, when it was 18 months, 2+ years before fully healed, but it’s not like it’s a 9 month thing now either. So although recovery time is improved, RG3 was a bad example. AP a few years ago would of been a good one

    Basically, it’s to the point where you need a year to recover, if you can get 14 months to recover, you may come back 100%, but that is only happening if you get hurt in the off-season, or very early in camp. If you get hurt during the season, you can come back for that next year, but you are not going to be 100%. You may get to a point during the year where it gets to 100%, but by then, you’ll have all the other bumps and bruises of a season.
    Plus, most guys seem to not like to remove those big braces mid season for whatever reason. They seem to wear them until the season is over, then get the feel back for playing without it on. I guess it makes that much of a difference in range of motion, that they don’t like to make that change on the fly

  44. lanman11 says: Aug 11, 2014 3:04 AM

    The Patriots are easily the most successful team in the NFL over the last generation (the 21 years since Kraft bought the team). An entire generation of kids has grown up knowing nothing but Patriot Excellence since 1993, and it shows no sign of letting up.

  45. mungman69 says: Aug 11, 2014 5:28 AM

    No

  46. rebosprj says: Aug 11, 2014 7:33 AM

    Mungman69 says NO, ok well then that settles it

  47. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 11, 2014 7:47 AM

    Pats fans are scary ignorant and biased

    your team is the least classy team and ownership in the league.. it is what is is folks, BB is a fraud, as soon as Brady gone, so are the Pats… and I maintain they have been nothing but a nice AFC team for the entire century w/ no real accomplishments

  48. unlimitedcriticism says: Aug 11, 2014 7:57 AM

    thestrategyexpert says:
    Aug 10, 2014 7:09 PM
    So let it heal 24/7 between now and whatever time it is when the play clock starts for the first play of the first offensive drive of the season. The game of football is far more interesting when a team has all of their best players healthy and available to play. Shake off the rust on the first route and blame the defender for contact and not adjusting if you can’t cut clean free for that first one.

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    I’m guessing you’ve never played football. Resting is not how you recover from injury. Working out and strengthening surrounding muscles is how you get back on the field.

  49. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 11, 2014 7:57 AM

    Pats haven’t won a thing that I remember… nice little AFC team

    cheaters and scum organization….. who else gave $40M to a murderer and lost a championship ring to a Russian and… and…

  50. footballfan58 says: Aug 11, 2014 8:17 AM

    Hey, Politcallyincorrect: Seriously, you are the proverbial girlfriend who got dumped and just can’t get over the boyfriend (Patriots). Your obsession with them is worse than any junior high broken romance I’ve ever seen. But I get a good laugh when I read your comments!

    Still the best form of flattery for New England!

  51. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 11, 2014 8:36 AM

    Pats are becoming the new Cowboys…. becoming irrelevant but, unlike Cowboys, they are still topical

    and… why should we not hate the Pats… they are the least classy org in league and completely worthy of hate

  52. phillyphil005 says: Aug 11, 2014 8:39 AM

    The Pats have been helped out more than any other team in the league. I don’t know how many games were handed to them by the officials. Goodell is in Krafts pocket.

    No way you can claim that the Pats are this incredibly great franchise.

  53. patriotsarespygaters says: Aug 11, 2014 8:40 AM

    Everybody @politicallyincorrect is a bitter jets fan hahaha

  54. TheWizard says: Aug 11, 2014 9:19 AM

    well, sorry, we don’t like scummy cheating organizations

    Sounds more like you don’t like consistent excellence, if it’s not your team.

    Fair enough, but we see it for what it is.

  55. bullcharger says: Aug 11, 2014 9:20 AM

    Aug 11, 2014 7:47 AM
    Pats fans are scary ignorant and biased

    your team is the least classy team and ownership in the league.. it is what is is folks, BB is a fraud, as soon as Brady gone, so are the Pats… and I maintain they have been nothing but a nice AFC team for the entire century w/ no real accomplishments

    ————

    It’s kind of ironic that you started by saying that Patriot fans are ignorant and biased and then wrote something ignorant and biased right after.

  56. sumkat says: Aug 11, 2014 9:21 AM

    lanman11 says:
    Aug 11, 2014 3:04 AM
    The Patriots are easily the most successful team in the NFL over the last generation (the 21 years since Kraft bought the team). An entire generation of kids has grown up knowing nothing but Patriot Excellence since 1993, and it shows no sign of letting up.

    ___________

    Well, it is showing some “signs of letting up”, you know, like not winning since they got caught cheating more than a decade ago? If that’s not “slowing down”, after winning 3 in 4 years, I don’t know what slowing down would be

    You are only a few years out of being cowboys fan delusional

  57. bullcharger says: Aug 11, 2014 9:23 AM

    phillyphil005 says:
    Aug 11, 2014 8:39 AM
    The Pats have been helped out more than any other team in the league. I don’t know how many games were handed to them by the officials. Goodell is in Krafts pocket.

    No way you can claim that the Pats are this incredibly great franchise.

    ————

    That opinion is based on nothing. for every time you think they were helped by the officials I can give you two examples for when they were jobbed by the officials.

  58. bullcharger says: Aug 11, 2014 9:28 AM

    politicallyincorrect says:
    Aug 11, 2014 7:57 AM
    Pats haven’t won a thing that I remember… nice little AFC team

    cheaters and scum organization….. who else gave $40M to a murderer and lost a championship ring to a Russian and… and…

    ———

    It must be hard to spend every waking minute hating the Patriots and knowing despite your hatred, they will continue to get accolades and their Super Bowls will stay in the record books asterisk free forever.

  59. tb12eatitbitches says: Aug 11, 2014 9:54 AM

    The playoffs.

  60. madddogg365 says: Aug 11, 2014 12:24 PM

    I thought this was a story about the Patriot’s TE? He needs to fully heal. He had major injuries. & FYI, you said all of that & bottom line proved the HATERS right. “So if you want to call the Pats cheaters during that 1 year time frame, but all means. They were CHEATERS.” Sometimes a short & sweet explanation is best. Just saying rebosprj.

  61. lanman11 says: Aug 11, 2014 2:27 PM

    Best NFL Franchise of The Last Generation, and It’s Not Even Close:

    Overall Regular Season Record: 224-128

    Super Bowl Record: 3-3

    Playoff Appearances: 15

    Playoff Record: 21-12

    Seasons At Or Above .500: 18

    This one was actually a pretty easy call. The Patriots have been to six Super Bowls in 20 years. They built a legitimate dynasty at the turn of the century. They had a 16-0 regular season and near-perfect year on the resume, and they have finished below .500 just one time (2000) over the last 15 years.

    Yeah, I think most fans would take that.

    New England has won 100 games over the last eight years (between 2004 and 2012), an average of 12.5 per season, and they are a championship threat going into every season.

    New England had a stretch of 10 straight postseason wins and have gone 21-12 during the time period covered. Those 21 postseason wins are more than the bottom eight teams on this list combined!

    There really aren’t enough superlatives to hurl at this franchise, which is actually pretty amazing considering that in the first year considered, 1992, the Patriots went 2-14 and were in the midst of a half-decade spiral in which they went 19-61 and were the absolute doormat of the league.

    (Some say) Enter Bill Parcells, master chef, and really the rest is history. (The pivotal change was actually Robert Kraft, who has hired Parcells, Pete Carroll, and Bill Belichick to run the football operation over the last 21 years. If Parcells was the answer then why haven’t the Jets, Dolphins, and Cowboys emulated the Patriots success?).

    I would wager these stats will increase this year. They will not let up.

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