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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: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:48 pm

Belichick updates Gronkowski, talks Pro Bowl

B more duffy is a biast tool. Evans didnt catch the ball he got it knocked out. Flacco is NOT GOOD his defense and special teams got him 3 turnovers and he heads his offense to...........20 POINTS. Heck against the texans his defense got him 3 turnovers and he turned it into 20 POINTS. Good qbs lead there teams to 20 points even if there defense has no turovers.

Brady lead his offense to 23 points while he himself turned the ball over twice. YOu know nothing of football stop pat bashing and worry about your own team because the Steelers had it right. THe ravens WONT win with joe flacco as qb.  

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:46 pm

Belichick updates Gronkowski, talks Pro Bowl

and the giants are 1 romo bad pass away from missing the playoffs!! Whats your point Jackass??

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:16 pm

Belichick updates Gronkowski, talks Pro Bowl

I agree with Duffy that the Ravens should've won the AFC, but give the Pats credit because they made the plays when it counted. Also Brady did unintentionally did Diss the Giants D guaranteeing he'd play better. Brady only "sucked" vs the Ravens because of how the Ravens D played. The Giants are even better with their front 4 pressure so it's a pretty hollow guarantee that Brady will play better. QB's are supposed to "suck" at this level (AFC Championship/SB) playing against the best Defences. Well not really suck, but suck relative to their normal stat line. A "sucky" Brady is still better than 95% of the QB's in the NFL.

Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:09 pm

Belichick updates Gronkowski, talks Pro Bowl

if evans had secured the ball properly, the patty cake slap would NOT have made him drop it.  How many times have you seen a defender TRY to slap the ball loose after a catch and the completion still intact.  Watch the pregame warm=ups. ALL recievers catch and wrap up during that practice. If you knew anything about football youd understand.  Brady is your hero because he is a prettyboy but you wont admit it.  I understand you have love afair with a sissy.

Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:03 pm

Belichick updates Gronkowski, talks Pro Bowl

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.

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:02 pm

Belichick updates Gronkowski, talks Pro Bowl

Fix the link you lazy sob's/. I clicked on the link regarding jacobs comments about plax.


Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:57 am

Belichick updates Gronkowski, talks Pro Bowl

All the smack you were talking before the game and Sunday you're going to be watching the Patriots play.  Look at the bright side, at least you can look forward to the Orioles season, haha!!!

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:57 am

Belichick updates Gronkowski, talks Pro Bowl

More sour grapes from the Baltimore fans.  Brady was merely pointing out that he played poorly against the Ravens and that he expects to play better this week.  Take it for what it's worth.  He wasn't suggesting that the Giants are an easier team than the Ravens. He was merely suggesting that he expects more from himself than he gave against the Ravens.  Incidentally, the Patriots beat the Ravens despite Brady's poor performance.  That HAS to hurt from a Ravens fan's perspective.  

Oh, and your boy Evans didn't drop a pass in the endzone, Sterling Moore slapped that pig right out of his hands.  The Ravens played a very good game.  Alas, it wasn't enough to beat the best team in the AFC.  


Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:53 am

Belichick updates Gronkowski, talks Pro Bowl

How can you tell someone's a Jets fan?

They're stupid!!

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:50 am

Belichick updates Gronkowski, talks Pro Bowl

How can you tell when Billl Belicheat is lying?
. . . . . .
. . . . . .

His lips are moving

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