Gronkowski coy about playing opener

Putting the pads on, just having them on, man, made me happy again, Gronkowski said of returning to practice. I love this game, definitely miss it, football, just going out there and practicing with my teammates. Miss doing the grind with my teammates, miss being out there with the coaches and everything, so its just awesome to be back out there with the team and focusing and getting things done. But asked about when hell play, Gronkowski didnt give any detail. I approach every single day to the max of my ability, preparing every day to do the best I can. When my numbers called, thats when Ill play, he said.

He was listed as having limited participation in the first practice report pf the season Wednesday. Gronkowski said there are no movements that he is wary of performing as he continues his rehab. “No, that’s the whole point of the rehab system,” he noted, before later saying, “Obviously I’m doing way more things than I was six weeks ago and that’s why it’s a whole process of rehab.” While Gronkowski didn’t want to discuss the emotions of going through a difficult offseason, he did concede that he’s not where he would normally be from a physical standpoint. “Do I feel physically prepared? I mean that’s kind of an obvious answer,” he said. “I couldn’t really do what I usually do all offseason, but that’s what this time is for right now, just progressing and working hard right now to the max of my ability.” He added that the process of building back up his strength extends beyond his injured forearm and back, as he also needs to get his full-body conditioning back up to the level it has been at in previous seasons.

Rob Gronkowski Injury: Updates on Patriots TE’s Status, Likely Return Date

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”Another couple days,” coach Bill Belichick said. ”We’re trying to keep stringing them together, trying to keep heading in the right direction, just trying to keep taking it day by day.” There may be no rush to get Gronkowski back since the Patriots’ first two games are against AFC East opponents who they should beat, the Bills and the New York Jets . Their third game is on Sept. 22 at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers . When Gronkowski had back surgery, it was reported that the recovery period for a player to return to a game was about 12 weeks.

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A source told Schefter two weeks ago that Gronkowski playing Week 1 isn’t a realistic expectation: It is not realistic to expect Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski to be ready to play regular-season opener at Buffalo, per source. Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 19, 2013 The closest thing to a concrete return date thus far has come courtesy of NFL .com’s Albert Breer. He initially reported that a late September return was the expectation, and he confirmed that recently: Anyway, the timeframe for Gronk’s return has been, as we said last week, right around late September. Makes the PUP call a tough one. Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 27, 2013 According to sources close to theBoston Herald’s Karen Guregian , however, Gronkowski may be able to return a bit sooner than that. Guregianreported that Gronk is doing so well that playing against Buffalo in Week 1 isn’t outside the realm of possibility, but Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is more realistic.

The New England Patriots Do Not Need To Rush Rob Gronkowski

NFL fans are aware of the disaster both the Bills and the Jets QB situation has been this preseason, and both teams look like they will struggle overall. Though the AFC East is not that strong after New England, the Bills and Jets will most likely be fighting for last place this year. With that said, rushing Gronk back for these two games would be foolish. The Patriots defense is much improved and Tom Brady has looked good this preseason throwing to his new receivers. Though Gronkowski would have an impact, the risk of injury is not worth it for these games in which the Patriots should win easily. The real question comes into play when the Patriots will have back to back games against NFC South opponents when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers week three and are the Sunday night matchup week four against the Atlanta Falcons . Tampa Bay is a team with a lot of questions around them, but they look to be a promising young team.

Rob Gronkowski: Putting Pads On ‘Makes Me Happy Again’

He re-injured it early in the Patriots first playoff game against the Houston Texans, and he had to watch as the Patriots came up short against the Ravens the following week. Gronkowski underwent multiple surgeries to fix his arm, and he also underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back. While it was difficult for Gronkowski to miss out on so much playing time, he wasnt willing to give a recap of his feelings when he spoke on Wednesday. Its all in the past now, he said. I dont really want to get to that where all of last year, how I felt and everything like that. That doesnt matter anymore, its irrelevant now.