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Ailing Gronkowski Returns to Patriots Practice

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rob Gronkowski is practicing again with the New England Patriots.

The All-Pro tight end recovering from a high sprain in his left ankle participated on a limited basis Thursday, his first practice for the Super Bowl since being injured Jan. 22 in the third quarter of the AFC championship victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

He wore a removable boot for a week before discarding it Monday. Teammates had expressed confidence that he would be ready for the game against the New York Giants on Sunday.

Gronkowski, who set an NFL single-season record for tight ends with 17 touchdown catches, missed two practices last week and two more Monday and Wednesday. The Patriots did not practice Tuesday.

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