Agent says Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski cleared to play

Gronkowski has missed the first six weeks of the season recovering from surgery. (USATSI)

On Wednesday, Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Rob Gronkowski said that the Patriots tight end "has not been cleared by Dr. (James) Andrews." By Friday, Rosenhaus told PFT "Rob has now been cleared by all his doctors to play Sunday in the Jets game."

When asked about it Friday morning, coach Bill Belichick would only say that the team would release an updated injury report at the end of the day.

Still, we assume this means that, for the first time all season, Gronkowski will take the field. He has been sidelined since undergoing forearm surgery this summer, and as recently as last week, there were reportedly "serious concerns" about how Gronk's recovery was coming along.

Now, seven weeks into the season and a month after Gronkowski was originally thought to return, he has finally been cleared to play -- although you wouldn't have known it to hear him talk to reporters Thursday.

"Obviously, I want to be out there,” he said. "I love the game of football. I love playing. I love playing the game. It's great being out there with my teammates, practicing out there, getting on the same page, getting the chemistry down. We'll see.”

This is goods news for a sputtering Patriots offense, one that had Tom Brady throwing to exactly none of his top-five receivers from a year ago. That all changes with Gronk's return.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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