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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Patriots' Rob Gronkowski unsure if he'll be ready for season opener

By on 4/30/2014 03:45:00 PM

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski told WAAF Radio Tuesday that his rehab is going well. However, Gronkowski also said he was unsure if he would be ready for the Patriots' season opener against the Miami Dolphins.

"Oh man. That's too far away man," Gronkowski said. "I'm just improving every day right now."

Gronkowski's 2013 season was cut short when he suffered a torn ACL against the Cleveland Browns on December 8th. Browns safety T.J. Ward dove helmet-first into Gronkowski's knee attempting to make a tackle in the third quarter.  He didn't play until Week 7 last season after recovering from back and forearm surgeries.

The fifth-year tight end's recovery time was set back because he did not undergo reconstructive knee surgery until January. Gronkowski's knee surgery was delayed because he needed to wait for his MCL to fully heal.

Just a couple of years ago, the Patriots had arguably the best tight end tandem in the league with Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. However, with Gronkowski's injury history and Hernandez currently in jail for his pending murder case, the tight end position is one of New England's most questionable positions. Still, the Patriots will likely proceed cautiously with Gronkowski. Gronkowski serves the Patriots much more value at full health for a playoff push than he does in the early stages of the season.

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