Rob Gronkowski says he, Patriots are 'on the same page' about return

Everything's good between Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots. (USATSI)
Everything's good between Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots. (USATSI)

New England tight end Rob Gronkowski hasn't been on the field once this season for the Patriots, but that's all part of the master plan, according to Gronkowski.

Over the weekend, reports suggested that New England wanted Gronk on the field in Week 4, but he didn't think he was ready to play yet. Not so, says Gronk. Gronkowski maintains that there's no rift between his camp and the Patriots, and as far as his rehab and return go, everyone's on the same page. 

"We were on the same page from the very get-go. And [we're] still on the same page and it's going good," Gronkowski said, via ESPN.com. "I'm progressing every week, I'm feeling better every week, getting stronger every week and better conditioning every week. Just still sticking to the motto 'day by day.'"

Gronkowski has been listed as questionable on the Patriots injury report since Week 3 -- meaning the team felt there was at least a 50 percent chance he would play -- but Gronkowski says he's not feeling any pressure from the team to suit up. 

"No, not at all," Gronkowski said of feeling pressure. "Everything's great around here. Just going out to practice with the team and practicing with the team, it's helpful every single week to get the chemistry back down and get the timing of football back down." 

As for the reports that Gronkowski is targeting a Week 6 return, "When I'm ready, I'm ready," Gronkowski said. "If it's this Sunday, next Sunday, the Sunday after that, it's just going day-by-day. So I really couldn't tell you when it's going to be."

So basically, Gronkowski will be on the field at some point this season and whenever that is, the Patriots will be OK with it. 

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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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