New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is practicing and feels like he is closer to returning to the field in a real game situation after multiple surgeries in the off season. Although there appears to be a 50-50 chance Gronkowski will play this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the star tight end is keeping quiet on exactly when he will appear in a game. As the Boston Herald reports on September 19, Gronkowski has certainly taken a step in the right direction.
“I feel way closer than three weeks ago. Feeling way closer to playing, and it feels good. And it feels good to be on the team with the teammates, running around catching balls with Tom (Brady). Feels good to be with all the tight ends again, doing drills with them.”
This is welcomed news from Tom Brady and the Patriots but although the team can use Gronkowski’s skill and presence, it is important not to rush him back. Both the team and Gronkowski understand the possible setback of rushing him back on the field, so there is some caution. For now, Gronkowski is excited and having a blast with his teammates.
“We’re just collaborating together as a team - the training staff, the doctors, myself and what’s best for everyone. We just take it day-by-day and we talk every day (about) what’s going on. So far (I’m just improving every day, and that’s all we can ask for.”
Whenever Gronkowki returns, it will definitely give the entire Patriots team a big jolt. The most valuable thing Rob Gronkowski has learned in his absence from the game is how much he appreciates the game and how much he loves the game he had to be away from for so long.