The big news of the day is Patriots TE Rob Gronkwski’s return to practice. The news is huge for the Patriots and Patriots fans. Much of the discussion throughout the last two weeks has been whether Gronk would play or not and if he did, how effective would he be. Most expected Gronk to not practice at all before Super Bowl XLVI, so his presence today at practice is surely a boost and a good omen in terms of his availability.
How was Gronk’s first practice back?
Bill Belichick said that Gronk had a good practice, but the real test is how the ankle responds tomorrow.
“It was good [Gronk's first practice],” 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.”
Here’s the complete injury report for Thursday: