Gronkowski Full Participant in Practice for First Time Since Surgery
Tight end Rob Gronkowski was a full participant in practice for the first time since he had surgery on his right ACL in January. Gronkowksi had been taking part in camp before Monday, but had not participated in any contact drills.
The Patriots have yet to clear Gronkowski for full contact, but he remains optimistic about his recovery.
“More, more reps, and then blocking, everything like that,” Gronkowski said, after what he called a successful practice. “Just gotta keep gradually working into it coming off an injury like that and get my body ready for when it’s time to go.”
Gronkowski played just 7 games in 2013, tallying 39 receptions for 4 touchdowns. Injuries have followed Gronkowski throughout his career, but when he’s been active, he’s been as good as anyone.
The Patriots have yet to announce whether Gronkowski will suit up for Friday’s preseason game against the Carolina Panthers.