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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski cleared to play by doctors, no PUP list

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Rob Gronkowski was cleared for practice by doctors.
Rob Gronkowski is ready to go for training camp. (USATSI)

Big news for the Patriots on Wednesday: Rob Gronkowski was cleared to play by doctors, Bill Belichick told reporters.

This means no PUP list for Gronk, who's recovering from ACL surgery in January after suffering an ugly knee injury against the Browns in December of last season.

"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.

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