Rob Gronkowski said he hasn’t had any setbacks with his surgically repaired knee, but he’s not ready to get back on the field and test it, either.
The Patriots tight end appeared at an elementary school function Wednesday, and said he was still optimistic about his condition.
“It’s coming along [well],” Gronkowski said, via Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com. “Just rehabbing every day, improving every single week, and that’s all I can ask for.”
A month ago, Gronkowski was merely on schedule (not ahead of schedule like every other rehabbing player) in his recovery from a torn ACL, so it’s reasonable to wonder when he’ll be ready to return and to what degree.
“All I can [do is let] the body heal and do what it does and hopefully when it comes down to it, I am ready to roll,” he said.
Owner Robert Kraft vouched for his efforts, saying he saw Gronkowski on a regular basis, and always upbeat.
“He is such a well-intentioned guy and he’s a lot of fun,” Kraft said. “I’ve never seen Gronk, in all the time with us, ever say or do anything that had a negative overtone. He is always up and when you are building a team atmosphere with people from different backgrounds and different places and it’s a physical game, having someone like Gronk in the system is uplifting, especially if he is on the field all the time.”
Of course, that last part has been the problem in recent years.