On Thursday, agent Drew Rosenhaus told WQAM radio in Miami that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski still had not been cleared to play on Sunday against the Jets.
On Friday, Rosenhaus told PFT that the clearance has arrived.
“Rob has now been cleared by all his doctors to play Sunday in the Jets game,” Rosenhaus said via text message.
Those doctors include Dr. James Andrews, who recently was added to the team of doctors.
Gronkowski has been sidelined by lingering forearm problems. Though he had back surgery in June, concerns about the forearm had been delaying his clearance to play.
Clearance to play doesn’t automatically mean he’ll play. Coach Bill Belichick has to decide to use him.
If Gronkowski is cleared and if he has been as good in practice as reports have indicated, it’s hard to imagine the Patriots not using him.