Rob Gronkowski expects to play Sunday

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Rob Gronkowski expects to play Sunday.

When asked whether he will play in Super Bowl LII, the Patriots tight end answered affirmatively.

“Yes,” Gronkowski said, via Schuyler Dixon of the Associated Press.

Gronkowski said he is close to clearing concussion protocol.

“Hopefully by tomorrow,” Gronkowski said. “We’ll see how it goes. I’m not the guy to say I’m out of the protocol. That’s the doctors’ calls.”

NFL concussion protocol rules kept Gronkowski out of Monday’s media session, but he attended XBox Live Sessions with Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount on Tuesday night.

Gronkowski caught 69 passes for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns during the regular season. He was concussed during the AFC Championship Game on a hit by Jaguars safety Barry Church, who was fined $24,309.