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Monday, July 28, 2014

Patriots Injury Update: Rob Gronkowski progressing toward Week 1

By on 7/28/2014 05:04:00 PM

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has advanced to half-to-3/4 speed 11-on-11 drills, according to Albert Breer of

Here’s more from Breer:

"Based on everything you're seeing out here, everything is going to according to plan," said Breer. "Now, for the first few days of camp, he wasn't in 7-on-7 drills and he wasn't in 11-on-11 drills. But what we just saw out here a few minutes ago, that might be changing. They actually had him out there for some half-speed 11-on-11 work, so it looks like he's continuing to take those steps forward toward Week 1.”

Gronkowski is recovering from a knee injury that ended his 2013 campaign. At this point, it would seem that the tight end is going to be ready for Week 1. This would be a boon for the Patriots, who have been without Gronk for much of the past two seasons.

The Patriots’ offense took a noticeable step forward once Gronkowski returned to the lineup last season, as quarterback Tom Brady put up league-high totals in passing yards and points. While the position was once considered a strength for New England, Aaron Hernandez’s legal issues and Gronk’s injury woes have left the team wanting more at tight end.

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