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Friday, August 15, 2014

Patriots Injury Update: Gronk still optimistic to play week 1

By on 8/15/2014 02:30:00 AM

 New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is yet to be cleared for contact, is hopeful about playing week one this regular-season.

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter commented that he would be surprised to see Gronk play at all this preseason yet remains optimistic for the opener.

Report started to trickle in earlier this week that Gronkowski is a 50-50 shot for an appearance in week one as he continues to recover from ACL and MCL surgery. Gronkowski's road to recovery has been one of the top stories in the NFL this off-season since undergoing surgery at the beginning of this year.

Gronkowski is no stranger to the injury bug as he has been fighting injuries the last couple of years. After missing the first six games of last season due to an injured arm and back, he suffered a final blow with a season-ending knee injury back in week 14. He also missed five games into 2012 due to injuries, missing a total of 14 games in the past two seasons.

There's no doubt that when healthy, you could argue that Gronkowski the best tight end in the league. However, he is nowhere close to 100 percent, and has yet to really test out that knee since getting cleared to practice.

Gronkowski needs to get himself healthy if he wants to have a chance to duplicate the numbers he put up in his incredible 2011 season where he pulled in 90 receptions for 1327 yards and 17 touchdowns.

New England will need Gronkowski, in order to have a effective and consistent offense that struggled in the beginning of last season with his absence. If the price for the Patriots to pay is to have Gronkowski sit out now in order to play a healthy 2014, I'm sure they are willing to wait.

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