The latest news on one of the most talked-about ankles in Super Bowl history is a mixed bag, but on the whole the updates do seem to be progressing well for the Patriots.
Rob Gronkowski Ankle Injury Update
The good news is that not only was Gronkowski walking again without a boot in the morning, per multiple sources, he also took part in practice on a limited basis yesterday.
Via Pro Football Talk, relaying reports from pool reporter Alex Marvez, here is what Patriots coach Bill Belichick had to say about Gronkowski’s injury and how he looked at practice:
“It was good,” Belichick said. “It was fine. We’ll see where he is tomorrow — whether that set him back, whether it didn’t and whether he’s able to continue to progress on a daily basis. But it was a good test for him, too, at least. At least he was out here and did some things to see how it feels. We’ll see how it goes.”
As you might expect, Belichick essentially reveals nothing. We don’t even really know what Gronkowski was able to do at practice, though several of the guys on NFL 32 yesterday speculated that it was probably some light work in individual drills and catching passes from Tom Brady, but certainly nothing strenuous that could potentially put him in any harm’s way and set him back.
Regardless, I take reports of Gronk practicing as a small positive. At least he’s out there, even if more for smoke screen value than anything. At least he can move somewhat.
Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, provided a little more insight later in the day.
Rosenhaus, clearly trying to protect the interests of his client and hedge against a poor or incomplete performance on Sunday night, told NBC Sports Talk that Gronkowski’s ankle injury is “sufficiently bad” that he would not be playing were this any game other than the Super Bowl.
While this is probably information that most of us assumed, it does serve as a reality check and splash of cold water on the reports of Gronkowski’s return to practice for anyone holding out hope of him being close to 100%.
Sure, it’s all speculation, connecting the dots, and reading between the lines at this point, but I think we know enough about Gronkowski’s injury by know to be able to state the following:
- He has a relatively serious high ankle sprain.
- He is not immobile because of it.
- He has made it onto the practice field.
- He will suit up and be on the field Sunday.
- He will be a fraction of his beast mode self from the regular season.
How much of a fraction will he be? We’ll find out. But something tells me he won’t be scoring any touchdowns like this on Super Bowl Sunday: