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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: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:43 pm

Belichick updates Gronkowski, talks Pro Bowl

Duffy, you really are a clown.  What do you want him to say, I'm going to suck like I did last game.  He said he was going to play better, big deal.  Wow he really "dissed" the Giants with that one.
I understand football a hell of a lot more then you do because  unlike practice, it's a little more difficult to make catches when someone is covering you.  Instead of giving credit to Moore for making a great play on the ball you chose to bash Brady like you do every week which in m opinion gives you zero credibilty when it comes to football.  You talk like you should be playing in the NFL instead of typing on your computer in your moms house.  We both know that you would trade Flacco in a second for "Cry Brady." 
That being said, you team lost to a better team get over it. 

Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:38 pm

Belichick updates Gronkowski, talks Pro Bowl

This is weird. Vegas is buggering everything up. They're doing it to screw up the wagers. Why ? Think about it. If the Giants lose to a man, we will all be stunned, if not shocked. Everyone I talk to, and follows football knows this. The Giants should be favorred, personally I think by 4 and a half to 5 to one. I actually think they will win big, and going away, as they will start carting Patriot bodies off of the field early, both on O and D. I do think the Patriots are afraid of the Giants as much if not more than their fans. I kno, they are pros, and grown men, but this is what this Giants team in top form does to people. Back to Vegas. Vegas knew the second the teams that were going to be involved in the super bowl, that it would be the biggest year ever, by far. Billions being wagerred, screw everybody up by picking the wrong team.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:37 pm

Belichick updates Gronkowski, talks Pro Bowl

bmoreduffy, you're the one that needs to get over it, son.  Your team got beat.  Your boy didn't drop the pass, it got defended.  Brady put up 23 points having a bad game against the Ravens defense, which is undeniably better than the Giants defense.  The Patriots are quite possibly the most disrespected 13-3 superbowl team ever.  The Giants were the beneficiaries of two muffed punts to win a close game in OT, but the Patriots were nothing but lucky to get past the Ravens?  Get real.  I know football better than many.  I have been a Patriots fan since long before Brady came to town.  Your team lost to the best team in the AFC.  There's no shame in that.  The fact that you can't even accept that the Patriots (Sterling Moore) made plays to win is evidence of a disconnect from reality on your part. Your QB played better than anyone thought he would.  Your RB got stacked up all game.  Your defense was the beneficiary of some uncharacteristically bad throws by Brady, without which Evans and Cundiff wouldn't have had the chance to be goats, because it wouldn't have even been close.    

The Giants don't have the pass rush the Ravens have, and that translates to Brady having more time to hit his short to intermediate route receivers and eat up clock.  Watch for a lot of hurry up offense early and often from the Pats to keep the Giants from making substitutions and to put pressure on the Giants D.  It's going to be a long day for the Patriots haters.  


Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:08 pm

Belichick updates Gronkowski, talks Pro Bowl

You get game ready with, or without Gronk. Giants will be fine, and I do wish Gronk plays cuz I'd like to see the Giants beat the Pats with Gronk. At best Gronkowski will be limited. There is the possibility of tearing up the ankle much worse if he plays, but, you can go entire careers , and never get here again, that's how tough it is. So, what do you do? Exactly what he is doing. He has gotta suit up, even for a down or two to check it out.
     Belichik will play it out with a grab bag of plays in hand, Flea Flickers aint out of the question. Double , and triple, handoffs in the backfield. Just a gut feeling. I've seen him pull some stunts before. Coughlin is all  fundamentals, and hard nosed football. Look for a big day from Manning, coming off that San Fransisco D. No offense to the Patriots D or pass rush, but, they ain't San Fran. You just get the feeling, that extra couple seconds, and extra looks downfield will give the Giants extra opportunities for big plays. This might not even be close should Eli open it up, and break out with that receiving corps.
      At this point, given the time since the games a week and a bit ago. I just cannot get past Evans, and Cundiff. Yeah, the players will say, to a man, I forgive you, it ain't your fault, we lose as a team, we're all in this together but...little by little, they are going to say ah thats all BS, you two are are worthless little pricks.
      Giants get this going away, and big.

Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:07 pm

Belichick updates Gronkowski, talks Pro Bowl

Wow.  I am shocked.  I really really thought Gronk wouldnt play, just like Beilicheck said....... Look for some new plays to #85 that havent been used all season.....look for something using edelman with a pass option also......

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:55 pm

Belichick updates Gronkowski, talks Pro Bowl

Why "should" the Ravens have won the AFC? A few more plays and the Patriots win easily, it's the same in any tight game. But even if the Ravens hit that last FG how does that indicate the Ravens would have won the game? They'd have tied it and then probably would have lost in the overtime period. Even if they got the ball first and managed to get into FG range that wouldn't end the game and the Pats would get a chance to win it.

Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:54 pm

Belichick updates Gronkowski, talks Pro Bowl

If you understood the nfl you would know you have to make your own "luck". Just eli like did after asante missed an easy int in his hands and he throw a hail eli that tyree caught on his helmet.

Just like the eagles did by letting desean jackson return a punt he had no buisness returning thus leading to packers in the playoffs. Just like brady beat the raiders on a rule he himself probably didnt know existed. Like Tim Tebow winning 7 of 8 games and a playoff win that no one gave the broncos a chance in. CRAZY things happen you have to make your own luck 

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:53 pm

Belichick updates Gronkowski, talks Pro Bowl

The Ravens are absolutely the best team in football.  The Patriots and brady are awful and are lucky to have jobs.  I hope this makes the Ravens happy while on the golf course watching all their putts miss wide left.

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:50 pm

Belichick updates Gronkowski, talks Pro Bowl

so you want your quarterback who is coming off of his worst game of the year to say he probably will struggle again. Obviously he is going to say he will play better. When Eli declared he was elite before the season started was he disrespecting all the teams he was going to play? They should be very confident. All of them.  Thats 1 of the things that makes them so great

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:48 pm

Belichick updates Gronkowski, talks Pro Bowl

Link is still broken. Maybe a Raven fan made it. Ohh look I'm so bad because I made the same joke!

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