Rob Gronkowski says he’ll return “when I am 100 percent”

AP

The Patriots and Rob Gronkowski put out a joint statement about his injury yesterday, saying he was “week-to-week” with a bone bruise and hoping to make the questions go away for the moment.

But Gronkowski himself added to the conversation, posting a video on Bleacher Report that added a slight wrinkle.

I am thankful that it is nothing serious,” Gronkowski said, via Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal. “I love playing the game of football. Whenever it is taken away from you, you definitely get a feeling that you appreciate the game so much. I’m just week-to-week. I’ll be working hard to get back out on the field as soon as possible. When I am 100 percent, feeling good, cleared by all the doctors, the team, that is when I will be back.

“There’s no timetable for that. I’ll just be working hard and trying to get 100 percent as soon as possible. I can promise you that. I’ll be definitely going hard in the rehab. I appreciate all the support. Let’s go Pats. I can’t wait to be back with my teammates and I’ll see you when I get back out on the field.”

While it doesn’t offer much more in terms of clarity, it does suggest that he’s not going to rush himself back into the lineup, regardless the team’s dire need for pass-catchers, with Julian Edelman out and Danny Amendola’s status up in the air.

47 responses to “Rob Gronkowski says he’ll return “when I am 100 percent”

  1. Can’t blame him after the rush back from the broken arm fiasco. If you rewatch the game, you will see him limping prior to the injury play thanks to another shot to the knees he took earlier in the quarter. Put him in bubble wrap until the playoffs, that’s all that matters.

  2. DON’T want to see you until January Gronk.
    No need to play Gronk before then. He is far too valuable.

  3. .
    The Patriots roster is not nearly as formidable as it was early in the season. However, if Edelman and Gronkowski are healthy at the start of the playoffs, then they have a legitimate shot.
    .

  4. I hope it doesn’t turn out like the day-to-day knee bruise that Perriman of the Ravens is sitting on IR with.

  5. it does suggest that he’s not going to rush himself back into the lineup, regardless the team’s dire need for pass-catchers, with Julian Edelman out and Danny Amendola’s status up in the air
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    Sounds like he said two different things here: when I’m 100% and when I’m cleared by team, doctors etc.

    Don’t think he’s going the Derrick Rose route of ignoring doctors clearance and sitting out longer.

    “Sorry Bill, I know I’m cleared but I think I’m gonna take a couple extra weeks just to be sure”? We all know that’s not the case.

    The Pats are in great shape still to land home field throughout. With many of their banged up guys scheduled to trickle back over the coming weeks, it’s hard not to have full confidence in BBs plan to do what’s best for the team.

  6. Was the big baby still bawling like a newborn ?
    Gronk= drama queen.
    I’ve seen men in combat take shrapnel to the gut and they didn’t even flinch. I’ve personally broken my femur and didn’t even shed a tear or make a sound.
    #Diva
    #SofterThanAWetKleenex
    #Crybaby
    #Weakness
    #GronkIsSoft

  7. The playoffs are five weeks away. I want Gronk, Edelman, and Amendola at 100% at that time. The next five opponents are stiffs going nowhere.

  8. His injury was the ref’s and Goodell’s fault.If goodell had suspended the Bronco’s starting secondary for the game and the ref’s had flagged the remaining Denver players for unnecessary roughness every tackle they made. Gronk would not have been injured.
    #integrity of the game

  9. Why bother rushing him back??

    They have the Eagles, Texans, Titans, Jets, and Miami left on the schedule. They could probably still lose 2 of those games and get a first round bye.

  10. For those saying Gronk is a wimp, soft, pansy, etc… he’d probably kill you with one hand. My assumption is that he felt the same pain as he did when Ward previously hit him 2 years ago making him pissed off because he thought his season was over. Yes it was dramatic, but none of you play professional football. You’ve never been hit by a pro athlete’s helmet in the knee.

  11. Another non-story. All of these guys should just tell the reporter that they’ll “be back on the field as soon as I’m 77% healthy”… Not 76%… 77%.

  12. Based on Gronk’s reaction to the injury, it was the most painful moment in the history of mankind. No human has ever been in more pain. Must have been a bad bruise.

  13. It’s going to be fun hearing what many Patriot fans refer to as the best qb of all time struggle. What Patriot fans will see is an average old qb that can’t push the ball down the field.

  14. The rest of crybaby nation better be hoping and praying that Edelman, Gronkowski, Amendola, Hightower, and Collins don’t make it back for the playoffs.

    Unfortunately for you, they will. And good luck when they return.

    Yes it’s true, The Patriots are playing with backups, no exaggeration.

  15. Disagree with those that say sit out til the playoffs. To get to the Superbowl (with the # of starters on IR already) they’re going to need that 1st rd bye and home field adv. They need Gronk as soon as he’s ready!

  16. titanfanforlife says:
    Dec 2, 2015 9:58 AM
    I swear if i ever happen to run into Rob on the junky streets of Boston i would jack him right in his jaw and watch the glass shatter everywhere. Then i would pick up one of the shards and shove it up Belichick’s boy toy Tom Brady’s loose rear end

    Yeah, no you wouldn’t!!
    You would ask for an autograph and a pic.

  17. I would ask for an autograph. Then would laugh my tail off when he broke his wrist. Then laugh even harder watching Tom Brady throw a hissy fit cause he cant get a reach around from Rob

  18. qbarrel says:
    Dec 2, 2015 10:23 AM

    A 100% healthy Gronk is a weapon to be feared.

    The Pats should win home field with or without him, so no need to rush back into the lineup.

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    DEN was the last formidable opponent on the Patriots schedule. They’ll be fine in the short term without his services if need be.

  19. It’s going to be fun hearing what many Patriot fans refer to as the best qb of all time struggle. What Patriot fans will see is an average old qb that can’t push the ball down the field.
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    Brady was fine against the Broncos. 22/43 for 280 and 3 TDs is a solid line against that unit. The defenses he’ll be facing the rest of the year pale in comparison to Denver’s D – including Miami. Amendola will be back this week. Gronk will be back in a few weeks. Edelman a few after that. All the while the backups and depth we get reps with TB and they’ll grow more comfortable and gain his confidence. Rest assured chipwood: Miami will probably have nothing to play for in week 17 – not even as a spoiler.

    One other thing: the last drive of regulation was vintage Brady – about 50 yards in a minute to set up a field goal.

  20. Is bone bruise a euphemism for double compound fracture?
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    It’s a euphemism for a compressive internal fracture.

    You get a bone bruise when you get hit hard enough that the bony lattice inside the bone gets a little crushed, but not so hard as to break the outer layer of bone.

  21. jchipwood says:
    Dec 2, 2015 9:48 AM
    It’s going to be fun hearing what many Patriot fans refer to as the best qb of all time struggle. What Patriot fans will see is an average old qb that can’t push the ball down the field.

    I know right!!!

    If only he was as good as Tannehill.

    Poor Chippy, you really thought this would be your year

  22. Big Ben get hurt …he is a drama queen…Pat’s fan

    Gronk gets hurt….he is a really tough guy…Pat’s fan.

    Reality is one mans whine is another’s man’s sour grapes.

  23. 100 % of those around lady brady need to be out. Or better yet lady brady herself. Fulfill the curse.

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