Following New England's Super Bowl LII loss to the Eagles, Gronkowski said he would take some time off to determine his future in football and was unwilling to commit to playing in 2018. There have been rumblings that Gronkowski, who remains on a Hall-of-Fame trajectory despite having battled numerous injuries during his eight-year career, is interested in pursuing opportunities in the entertainment world, though the 28-year-old has yet to verify those rumors. While Rapoport's report provides some optimism that the Patriots will have their top red-zone target in the fold for at least one more season, a formal announcement from Gronkowski regarding his playing status doesn't appear imminent.
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 has cleared the NFL's concussion protocol and is slated to play in Super Bowl LII, NFL.com reports.
Per the report, Gronkowski is in line to meet with the media Thursday afternoon, with the level of his practice participation (to be revealed later) of note. In any case, whether he's listed as a limited participant or a full one Thursday, the star tight end is now in line to be available for Sunday's contest.
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.
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|2011||New England Patriots||16||16||90||1327||14.7||52||17||22||3||69|
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|2011||New England Patriots||16||16||1||2||2.0||2||1||0||1|
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|2013||New England Patriots||7||6||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
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|2011||New England Patriots||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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