Rob Gronkowski on the practice field, still in concussion protocol

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is still not cleared to play from the league’s concussion protocol, but he took a step closer today.

Gronkowski is on the field for today’s Patriots practice. He previously had not been practicing.

Although Gronkowski isn’t a full participant yet, getting on the field now represents progress through the protocol, and his ability to take the practice field eight days before Super Bowl LII strongly suggests that he’ll be ready to go by game time.

Gronkowski suffered his concussion during the AFC Championship Game. Jaguars safety Barry Church was flagged and fined for the hit that knocked Gronkowski out of the game.

69 responses to “Rob Gronkowski on the practice field, still in concussion protocol

  1. On further review, Church was leading with the helmet and looking to ring Gronk’s bell, deserved to be fined. Gronk has never been a dirty player, but opened himself up for cheap shots by delivering one against Bills. Hope he can play and stay in the game if the eagles are head hunting.

  2. Look, the Jags were making ‘statement’ hits on D attempting to intimidate NE. The Church hit had all the indications of very aggressive play; go at ’em, hit ’em hard as hell, and strut and boast afterward.

    It was not an accident that his head hit Gronks.

  3. Gronk wasn’t crouching or even flexing his knees when he was making that catch like you see in a lot of those helmet to helmet hits. He was standing upright. Now, tell me how exactly a safety that stands 5 inches shorter goes directly into the helmet of the best Pats player other than Brady on “accident”. If you have no conscience, then this move is a no brainer (no pun intended) to knock out star players for a mere 15 yard penalty

  4. Not a chance in the world he isn’t cleared, what I am saying here is he probably shouldn’t be cleared considering he really has his brain bucket rattled with that cheap hit to the head. But this is the Super Bowl and the powers to be will make sure he is cleared to play. Anyone that thinks otherwise is just foolish.

  5. When a player launched at the head and knocks them out it is a 15 yard personal foul and that player should have to stay out of game as long as the concussed player is out.
    If it is weeks then the game checks should go into the players medical fund until the concussed player returns.
    Also if players would be forced to wrap up when he makes a tackle the concussions
    Would most likely go down 75 to 80 percent.

  6. “Not a chance in the world he isn’t cleared, what I am saying here is he probably shouldn’t be cleared considering he really has his brain bucket rattled with that cheap hit to the head. ”

    According to the homer press last night the average time to clear the protocol this past season was 7 – 10 days. If he clears it he clears it, “probably shouldn’t be cleared” doesn’t matter in any way, shape or form.

  7. ayokel21 says:
    January 27, 2018 at 12:46 pm
    Sorry Gronk, with the PR hit the league has taken this year there’s no way you’re playing. Find yourself a nice, comfy couch.
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    Normal rules don’t apply to the patriots. Gronk will play and if someone hits him too hard they will be fined.

  8. After watching the Church hit a number of times now, I really believe he wasn’t trying to hurt him and didn’t launch at all. The helmet to helmet thing was called correctly, as it should have been, but I just didn’t see intent to injure there. Just one of those things in a tightly contested playoff game.

  9. I love how people pretend to know how serious someone’s concussion is. Concussions are case by case . Just because people hate the Pats doesn’t mean Gronk should or shouldn’t play.

  10. All in saying is Gronk had no clue where he was after that hit. Sucks because he is a beast and will go down as one of the best ever. But messing with your brain is no joke. He has a life after football to want to be in.

  11. Why wasn’t Church immediately sent into protocol? Refs flagged it as helmet to helmet, and the league proclaims we non-experts can’t tell simply by seeing the hit (up-close, from every angle, on our screens, far better than the refs in real-time). So surely refs should have blue-tented Church.

  12. remizak says:
    January 27, 2018 at 12:54 pm
    Deatrich Wise is in the concussion protocol too. I hope he’s doing OK
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    He’s back at practice today too, so looking hopeful.

  13. The league needs all the superstars they can get to make the Super Bowl a must-see event. Also, they probably need whoever is on the Eagles to show up too, I suppose.

  14. terripet says:
    January 27, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Once he takes one good hit he will fold
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    Dude has picked against NE in every game for about 6 years now. Maybe time to stop making predictions?

  15. The evidence concerning head trauma in the NFL suggests that repetitive sub concussive blows to the head are what causes CTE. While concussive blows are also potentially damaging they aren’t the sole determining factor in long term health. Playing concussion free is dangerous, it probably made worse when a concussion is added however. Either way, there is now a wealth of knowledge and every player knows the danger. I hope he plays because he’s fun to watch. He had assumed the risk way before Church delivered this blow and is in jeopardy even if his base line tests show enough improvement to play. Go Pats!

  16. A future NFL rule: You can only tackle from thighs to shoulder and this part of the uniform will be marked in a different color with hits outside that area, no matter how they happen, flagged.

  17. A lot of people are saying it. I’m hearing it a lot. That Gronk never got a concussion. It’s fake news. People are saying that a concussion is an injury to the brain. And Gronk has none. I don’t know. You tell me.

  18. Pats cheated and lied on the injury report
    Gronk wasn’t hurt and the Pats are creating drama
    NFL wants the Pats to win, if Gronk was on another team he wouldn’t get cleared.

    Get your popcorn ready, this is what we’ll all start hearing over the next week.

  19. Gronk has has great success running the seam route over his career. He’s also suffered some serious injuries and at least one season ending one. Maybe let Hollister or Allen run that route.

  20. Nofoolnodrool says:
    January 27, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Gronk got a payback for his cheap shot after the whistle. Stop whining ladies.
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    At least the Jags had the stones to try to play defense against him, unlike the Steelers who watched him race down the field like a knife through warm butter for the eventual winning points.

  21. The eagles want Gronk to be healthy, to be the best, you have to beat the best. I just dont think these guy match up well against a very good defense. Tom isnt the same QB he once was, and the Eagles will be looking to win the TOP battle as theyve done for most of the year. Win or Lose, the fact that the Patriots continue to dominate the AFC after so long – it is just unbelievable. Oddly enough, I think the Eagles have that capability for the NFC with looming end of the road for guys like Brees and Rodgers… and the emergence of Wentz.

    This year the trophy goes home with Philly – Final score Eagles 27, Patriots 21

  22. The best bet of the week will be that Gronkowski is the difference maker in this game. Potential MVP on Sunday.

  23. I really want the Eagles to win this game, but I really believe the Pats have too much leadership and experience for the Eagles to overcome. Hope I am wrong. Talent level it’s pretty even so I really hope the refs stay out of the game and let’s these guys play. It could be a great game for fans to watch also.

  24. Having Gronk on the field will strike fear in the hearts of hater fans every where and hopefully with yet another super bowl victory the Patriots will once again quiet these small minds till next season.

  25. This year the trophy goes home with Philly

    I heard all year how superior the NFC is, but I think the real Super Bowl was last week in Foxboro.

  26. terripet says:
    January 27, 2018 at 1:41 pm
    Once he takes one good hit he will fold.

    Not everyone is as tough as you, less the time you went to the emergency room with a paper cut.

  27. terripet says:
    January 27, 2018 at 1:41 pm
    Once he takes one good hit he will fold

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    Sounds like an apt description of your entire Colts team

  28. usmutts says:
    January 27, 2018 at 3:01 pm
    A lot of people are saying it. I’m hearing it a lot. That Gronk never got a concussion. It’s fake news. People are saying that a concussion is an injury to the brain. And Gronk has none. I don’t know. You tell me.
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    No, you tell us, you’re the expert on not having a brain.

  29. Nofoolnodrool says:
    January 27, 2018 at 2:16 pm
    Gronk got a payback for his cheap shot after the whistle. Stop whining ladies.

    Not a cheap shot. Solid clean hit, just unlucky for both. Stop whining about whining.

  30. Its funny how none of you have a leg to stand on when it comes to saying he’ll get cleared because its the patriots. Russell Wilson cleared himself and went right back on the field. Newton wobbles to the ground and we hear that its ok, he wasn’t concussed he was just cheating. This stuff happens all the time. In games. But please continue on in your fantasy land where the pats are you personal boogie man that drives you to lose your minds every single day in every single pats thread.

  31. Michael LaRocca, Technical Editor says:
    January 27, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    I like practice fields. They’re a good place for recording the other team’s signals,
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    And while you are at that practice field recording pee wee soccer Pats fans will be recording yet another Super Bowl. At this rate our DVRs are getting full. It’s a 1st world problem, wouldn’t expect you to understand

  32. donbat67 says:
    January 27, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    at what point in the second quarter will the Patsy’s get their first automatic first down ?
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    At the point where the Eagles commit a penalty that calls for it. Just one question back for you chip. If you really believe the refs are in the Pats pocket and the games are scripted then why do you continue to watch, getting mad when they win and ecstatic when they lose?

  33. TheWizard says:
    January 27, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    I heard all year how superior the NFC is
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    That was the narrative last year as well. I can’t recall – how did that turn out?

  34. Jacksonville had 1 penalty for most of the first half , suddenly they commit 5 penalties in 7 plays that ends with a Patsy touchdown and as quickly as it started they miraculously remember how to play football and have 1 penalty the rest of the game ? splain that sully

  35. You mean that delay of game penalty they got “after a timeout” and you have the nerve to say “they remembered how to play football”…really.Who gets a delay of game penalty after a timeout especially when your at the line with 15 seconds on the play clock?In 2014 the Patriots were tied for 4th with the most penalties and won the Superbowl…explain sully.

  36. You haters do know that gronk scored 100% on his SATs right..let me guess some of your favorite players include all those that are either now broke or have been fired by various sports channels.

  37. Gronkowski will play no doubt about it. The Patri*ts would just pay off the doctors or anyone else to be sure of it even if he wasn’t healthy enough to play. It’s just how things are done in this country these days. Especially in New England with the TB12 Money Laundering Center errr… the TB12 Wellness Clinic I mean.

  38. 5 steps when in concussion protocol.
    1.rest…check
    2.light aerobics…check
    3.weight training….check
    4.football specific duties…check
    5.full football activities

    I will let you haters figure out which one he is in now…you got all week…read slow.

  39. denverdude7 says:
    January 27, 2018 at 9:53 pm
    Gronkowski will play no doubt about it. The Patri*ts would just pay off the doctors or anyone else to be sure of it even if he wasn’t healthy enough to play. It’s just how things are done in this country these days. Especially in New England with the TB12 Money Laundering Center errr… the TB12 Wellness Clinic I mean.

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

    This is what happens when your team loses to the Patriots. It makes you delusional. “Money laundering” lol

  40. weepingjebus says:
    January 27, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    We are coming. This will be your only warning. Storm warning.

    jackamus51 says:
    January 27, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Haters just can’t accept that the Pats are the greatest sports franchise ever.

    TheWizard says:
    January 27, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    This year the trophy goes home with Philly

    I heard all year how superior the NFC is, but I think the real Super Bowl was last week in Foxboro.

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    It seems these jackwagons need to make these ridiculous claims just to convince themselves. Because no-one with any sense believes them.

    I got news, slappies. Only team that might have a chance getting their doors blown off is only one team….and it rhymes Sew Fingland. Realize that as truth, because it could easily happen. Cut and paste that. Boldface it. Highlight it. Remember who said it too. Aside from one obvious position and maybe a push at LT, as it stands right now, Philadelphia outclasses EVERY single position on that Patriot roster. With ease. And it’s not even close.

    Keep thinking this is a one player game. That’s perfect. That’s when you see who has the better TEAM.

  41. Gronk is a dirty player and got what he deserves. At least Church hit him during the play. Unlike Gronk.

  42. “Gronk is a dirty player and got what he deserves. At least Church hit him during the play. Unlike Gronk.”

    Gronk has made a single dirty play in his whole career. Yes it was a blatant one, but that does not make him a dirty player overall.

    Now if he starts repeating that sort of thing than I would agree with you, but not based on 1 play in 8 seasons.

  43. I heard Tom Brady had Alex Guerrero smear Gronkowski’s head with salve made from Avocado and it has sprouted. He looks like a cross between a Chia Pet and the Great Gazoo from the Flintstones but he should be ready for the SB.
    Go TB12!

  44. TheBisonCometh says:
    January 27, 2018 at 11:25 pm
    weepingjebus says:
    January 27, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    We are coming. This will be your only warning. Storm warning.

    jackamus51 says:
    January 27, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Haters just can’t accept that the Pats are the greatest sports franchise ever.

    TheWizard says:
    January 27, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    This year the trophy goes home with Philly

    I heard all year how superior the NFC is, but I think the real Super Bowl was last week in Foxboro.

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    It seems these jackwagons need to make these ridiculous claims just to convince themselves. Because no-one with any sense believes them.

    I got news, slappies. Only team that might have a chance getting their doors blown off is only one team….and it rhymes Sew Fingland. Realize that as truth, because it could easily happen. Cut and paste that. Boldface it. Highlight it. Remember who said it too. Aside from one obvious position and maybe a push at LT, as it stands right now, Philadelphia outclasses EVERY single position on that Patriot roster. With ease. And it’s not even close.

    Keep thinking this is a one player game. That’s perfect. That’s when you see who has the better TEAM.

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    Better at every position and it’s not even close? Let’s start at QB….you are claiming that Foles is a better QB than Brady?

    Ok…..

  45. nhpats says:
    January 28, 2018 at 11:19 am
    TheBisonCometh says:
    January 27, 2018 at 11:25 pm
    …..Aside from one obvious position and maybe a push at LT, as it stands right now, Philadelphia outclasses EVERY single position on that Patriot roster. With ease. And it’s not even close….
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    Better at every position and it’s not even close? Let’s start at QB….you are claiming that Foles is a better QB than Brady?
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    To be fair, as seen above he or she did say ‘Aside from one obvious position’ which, we assume, is QB.

    The Eagles have a lot of talent, but they are not ‘obviously’ better at every position than the Pats outside of QB and LT as the poster surmised. Even if we ignore that Gronk is clearly the best TE in the NFL, we cannot ignore that Zach Ertz is a fine TE. If the Eagles players do their jobs better on Super Bowl Sunday they will win the game, and vice versa.

    There is no question that the two best teams in the NFL this season will be playing in the Super Bowl. That is something we can all look forward to.

  46. For his sake I hope Gronk is really healthy enough. No one needs to see someone become punch drunk. Dude lead with his helmet but Gronk kind of tried to get down to protect himself from the hit and it became a no doubter head to head. Now the offensive weapons need to learn to defend themselves against dirty players and questionable hits.

  47. What kind of protocol permits a concussed player to be on the field? Is there any rule the
    Patriots won’t violate?

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