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Gronkowski misses Patriots practice Wednesday

Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:07 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 5:54 pm
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By Ryan Wilson

Update (5:50 p.m. ET): On Wednesday morning Belichick talked about what Gronkowski might be able to do in practice later in the day. We now know that answer: nothing. The Patriots sent out a practice report around 5:45 on Wednesday afternoon and Gronkowski was listed as did not participate.

Gronkowski now has two more chances to get on the field and see how his ankle responds in practice. If he can't even do that, it's going to make for a tough decision as to whether or not he can even contribute on Sunday during the Super Bowl.

INDIANAPOLIS -- It's hump day at Super Bowl week and head coach Bill Belichick continues to be in a good mood. In fact, his demeanor has been a storyline since the Patriots arrived. During Tuesday's Media Day session, wide receiver Wes Welker attributed it to the "lady in [Belichick's] life."

Whatever the reason, New England's head coach seems at ease four days out from the final game of the 2011 season.

During his Wednesday morning press conference, Belichick spoke on tight Rob Gronkowski, who continues to recover from a high-ankle sprain he suffered during the AFC Championship game. ("Rob's getting better … we're taking it day to day. … We'll see what he can do today [at practice] and go from there.") 

Belichick was also asked about the Giants' front four, a group that terrorized Brady earlier this year and did the same when New York upset New England in Super Bowl XLII.

"Those inside guys can really knock the line of scrimmage back," he said. "Their ends are a good combo of size and speed (and) I don't know if anybody can play like the Giants play -- they're so good."

Brady knows this too. Some Giants players have said that Brady can be rattled, and he might be more cognizant of pressure -- and it could affect the way he plays -- after having reconstructive knee surgery early in the 2008 season.

"It wouldn't be the Super Bowl if they (the Giants defense) weren't trying to knock me down or knock me out … but our offensive line gets paid too," Brady said. "We're going to try to eliminate (bad throws) … we had too many of those last time (against the Ravens). We're not going to be able to win the game playing like that."


Other notes from Wednesday's press conference…

-- Brady was asked about Chad Ochocinco, who was acquired just before training camp to give the Patriots a deep threat. Instead, he had just 15 catches and one touchdown in the regular season. He played a single snap against the Broncos in the Divisional playoff game and was inactive a week later against the Ravens in the conference championship. (Ochocinco missed practice time leading up to that game to attend his father's funeral.)

"Chad has worked hard everyday … and I've really loved having Chad on this team," Brady said. "He still has that childlike quality in terms of his enthusiasm for the game." And while Ochocinco's season hasn't gone well, Brady said that the former Pro Bowl wideout is still "willing to do whatever it takes to win."

-- Belichick was also asked about Julian Edelman, the college quarterback and former seventh-round pick who now plays just about every position but quarterback in New England.

"We saw Edelman as a good athlete at Kent State," Belichick said … "We didn't really think he was a quarterback but tough, quick, good with the ball in his hands with a desire to improve. … It's been a big transition for him (as both a returner and a slot receiver) … and we got in some injury situations and his skills as a slot receiver transferred into what we ask of our slot corners."

Belichick called Edelman "a smart guy" who's taken "a lot of plays in practice on both sides of the ball."

-- Brady may have said he "sucked" following the Ravens game but Belichick sounded unconcerned Wednesday. "I think Tom does a good job in his preparation every week. … He's one of our hardest workers. I meet with Tom at the beginning of the week and he's always seen as much (game film) or more than i have."

-- Belichick saved his best for last. He was asked about comments by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who said he was embarrassed by the NFC's effort in last weekend's Pro Bowl (the AFC won, 59-41).

"What I'm going to say probably shouldn't be what I should say to that question so I'm going to let it go," Belichick said as he fought back a smile. "What it was and what it is now … it's a lot different," he added before leaving the podium.

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Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:22 pm

Gronkowski misses Patriots practice Wednesday


Since: Feb 1, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:47 pm
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Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:09 pm

Gronkowski misses Patriots practice Wednesday

yeah homerj.  I'm pissed that Evans DROPPED to winning TOUCHDOWN .  That has nothing to do with the fact Brady was playing poor NOT of his choosing but because the Raven Defense played well.  When he says he will play better against the Giants, what the idiot doesnt realize is that he just DISSED the Giants defense.  Telling your boss that you will automatically play better against another SB team is plain stupid.  Yeah I'm pissed because in reality Brady and the Patriots are lucky Evans dropped the ball.   Giants will beat Pats because Giants and Eli are better.  Get over it.

Sterling Moore knocked the ball out of Evans'hands. And Brady admitted after that game that he sucked. And he expects better things from himself when he says he expects to play better. Furthermore, Brady said Tuesday that he is going to have to eliminate interceptions and other mistakes and the team is going to have to play 'its best game if they are going to beat the Giants ? Does that sound like he is dissing them ??

Only you could read a diss of the Giants into Brady's comments. Take your own advice and get over it.

Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:08 pm

Gronkowski misses Patriots practice Wednesday

Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:44 pm

Gronkowski misses Patriots practice Wednesday

The patriots will already know if gronk is playing or not,they just wont tell anyone till they have to announce the teams,its just a way for the patriots to think they are distracting the giants,wether they are or not we will never know.

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:35 pm

Gronkowski misses Patriots practice Wednesday

Patriots are going to lose this game and keep their streak of not winning a SB since being outed as the biggest cheating frauds in sports alive.

Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:20 pm

Gronkowski misses Patriots practice Wednesday

Look Vegas has a line and Vegas wants to win too. All i'm saying is the line was made immediately after the teams were determined. Nooone really knew much at that point about Gronkowski for instance, and since then no adjustments have been made other than for the odds going down a half point. 3 tof 1 it is then. I still say for the wrong team though.
     A tall man with a high ankle sprain ? Hmmmm... a tall guy with weight to boot. Physical mechanics and biomechanics dictate that it will be extremely tough to go without aggravating a sprain. We still don't know how bad it is , but it being Wednesday, and Gronk not putting any pressure or weight on it sez, its getting desperate. Maybe the Patriots are just  jinxed against these Giants, afterall in that last drive 4 years ago the Giants could have been easily intercepted but for a dropped ball, they could have easily not made it on 4th down on at least 2 occasions, and that hail mary to Tyrees, not to mention Manning getting away. At that point it still wasn't in, and yet they avoided all the pratfalls and obstacles to score the fateful and final TD. Giants just might be a Patriot krytonite. Either way hope its a good game with 3 or 4 final TDs in the last 2 minutes.
     Oh, Brady, it doesn't matter how hard Chad works, the elasticity, and spring is gone from the muscles. The speed is gone. There is no vertical leap left. The mind doesn't react in last second tips. Its called aging. Chad will play the Junior Seau role of this Bowl and be the veteran that was not invo;ved and on the bench, ineffective.

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:57 pm


Gronk had an amazing season, but Hernandez is as good as Gronk, so I believe Hernandez will have a HUGE day while everyone else is worried about Gronk.

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:53 pm

Gronkowski misses Patriots practice Wednesday

I hope he plays too, but it is getting late.  No practice yet, and if he doesn't practice by Friday, I would say he is out.  Remember last year, Pouncey was injured very similiarly and did not play, despite sying he would for 2 weeks.  Tough injury, but hopefully he can suck it up. 

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 7:40 pm

Gronkowski misses Patriots practice Wednesday

We'll wait and see about Gronk at game time BUT I think he will play.  If Big Ben can "suck it up and play with a severe high ankle sprain" then I think Gronk will too.  You don't want a QuarterBack show you up when it comes to pain tolerance even though Big Ben is the toughest QB in the league!  They both have severe high ankle sprains so we're comparing oranges to oranges.  Let's see if Gronk is as tough as Ben.  I hope so cause Gronk is a big part of that Patriot offense.

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