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Patriots Injury Update: Rob Gronkowski participating in 11 on 11 drills

By on 8/21/2014 11:00:00 AM

Rob Gronkowski's return to the playing field took another big step today, as he participated in 11 on 11 drills for the first time this preseason. Mike Reiss first reported the story, this is encouraging news for the Patriots and fans.

Gronkowski tore his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament of the knee in December in a game against the Cleveland Browns. The rehabilitation period for a torn ACL and MCL is around six - eight months. Gronkowski is on record saying he would take his time in the rehabilitation process and not rush back onto the field.

The past off-season and season for the All-Pro tight end have been plagued with injuries. Gronkowski battled a broken forearm in the previous season, and infections in his forearm in the off-season which required two surgeries. He also had back surgery last off-season which affected his playing time last off-season.

Keeping Gronkowski healthy will be the primary focus for the Patriots this season. Gronkowski has not participated in contact drills up to this point in the preseason, so this is a big step forward with his progression through the rehabilitation process.

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