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New England Patriots to take it slow with Rob Gronkowski, ready for week 1

Gronkowski suffers torn ACL
Gronkowski suffers torn ACL
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The New England Patriots have decided it’s better to have Rob Gronkowski healthy and ready to go for Week 1 of the NFL season. While that statement in itself is no surprise, the way New England gets their stud tight end on the field may be. At this moment, it seems that Rob Gronkowski will be in tip top shape for the opening game.

According to Sportsline.com, Gronkowski could be ready for the start of camp as well. Usually, it’s great news when one of your star players are there from the beginning. However, New England will have no problems sitting “Gronk” out until it’s absolutely necessary.

He’s played in a total of 17 games in two years with various injuries. In 2012, Gronkowski broke the forearm on an extra point attempt. Although he came back for a postseason run, Gronkowski broke the arm again trying to make a diving catch.

After missing the early portion of the 2013 season, it looked like Rob Gronkowski was back and as great as ever. That was until T.J. Ward took out Gronkowski’s legs on a pass attempt. The hit resulted in a gruesome torn ACL and “Gronk” was once again not available for the Patriots’ playoff run.

There’s no doubt that it’s better for the Patriots to have a rejuvenated Rob Gronkowski, but injuries can come on any play. It will be hard for Gronkowski to recreate the rhythm early on with Tom Brady if he’s not working at full speed during the preseason. Still, you want to see him running onto the field on opening day.

Last season, Rob Gronkowski had 39 catches and four touchdowns in seven games. He was extremely productive with 15.2 yards per catch.

The Patriots open the season against Miami on the road. Their only home game in September is against Oakland in week 3.

We know the Patriots want Rob Gronkowski to start the season, but what they really want is to see him at full strength in the 2015 postseason.

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