"He's been cleared to play," Belichick said, adding "Rob's always worked hard."
Rumors have been floating for weeks now the Patriots were targeting Week 1 as Gronk's return to the field. He might've fallen a little behind pace, but being cleared to play in training camp is massive.
The Patriots offense ran hot and cold last season with Gronk in and out of the lineup. New England averaged 32 points per game (2nd in the NFL last year) when Gronk played in 2013 from Week 7 through Week 13.
Without the hulking tight end on the field, the Pats averaged 24.6 points per game (13th in the NFL).
Gronk's a massive difference maker and things are trending well for New England to get him back at the start of the season.