Gronkowski (concussion) brought in nine of 15 targets for 116 yards and two touchdowns during the Patriots' 41-33 loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII on Sunday. The star tight end got off to a slow start before coming on in the second half, logging touchdown receptions of five and four yards from Tom Brady in the third and fourth quarter, respectively. The second score afforded the Patriots a short-lived 33-32 advantage and gave Gronkowski three touchdowns for the fourth consecutive postseason. Despite the fact he's only 28 years of age, the 2010 second-round pick's extensive injury history is notably leading to some rumblings of a possible retirement as per Paul Perillo of the team's official site, but Gronkowski is on record as saying he'll take several weeks to evaluate his future. Ironically, the multi-time Pro Bowler just wrapped up a strong bounce-back season, one that saw him haul in 69 of 106 targets for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns over 14 games.
Gronkowski practiced fully Thursday after clearing the NFL's concussion protocol, per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. When asked if he'd have any limitations while playing in Super Bowl LII, Gronkowski relayed that he's "ready to roll, full speed." In addition to Gronkowski, the other three New England players listed on the Patriots' injury report all practiced fully Thursday, setting the stage for the quartet to be available for Sunday's contest against the Eagles.
Gronkowski (concussion) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports. Gronkowski had been raising hopes that he was approaching the end of his journey through the concussion protocol, practicing this past weekend and even making statements in recent days. As evidence, he told Mike Reiss of ESPN.com on Tuesday that he hoped he would clear the protocol Wednesday with an eye toward playing in Sunday's Super Bowl. While Gronkowski appeared at the start of Wednesday's practice in full pads, per Reiss, the tight end hasn't been cleared for more than individual drills at this point. On a positive note, Gronkowski has ditched his red no-contact jersey, according to head coach Bill Belichick. No matter, the Patriots withheld Gronkowski from Wednesday's media session, which likely will continue until he gets the all-clear from an independent neurologist.
Gronkowski (concussion) was present at Wednesday's practice. On Tuesday, Gronkowski expressed hope that he would come out of the other side of the concussion protocol, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. In the end, an independent neurologist will make the final decision, but Gronkowski appeared to be taking part in warmups Wednesday, at the very least. His activity level will become clear once the Patriots release their first injury report of the week later in the day.
Gronkowski, who is still in the NFL's concussion protocol, is not expected to participate in Super Bowl Opening Night, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Though the injury report the Patriots were required to submit this past Friday lists Gronkowski as out, the tight end seemed to participate in practice again Sunday in some capacity, which is a step in the right direction with regard to his availability for this coming weekend's Super Bowl against the Eagles. As long as Gronkowski resides in concussion protocol, it can't be taken for granted that he'll suit up Sunday, but apparent back-to-back practice appearances, beginning Saturday, per Boston.com, signify that he continues to progress health-wise, a notion that should be further confirmed by his listed level of participation, likely limited, once the Patriots submit their next official practice/injury report later this week.
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