Feb 1, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; A view of a mock locker set up for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) during Play 60 Kids Day at the NFL Experience at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Rob Gronkowski Returns to Practice

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:

Player Injury Designation
Rob Gronkowski Ankle Limited
Marcus Cannon Ankle Limited
Patrick Chung Knee Limited
Dane Fletcher Thumb Limited
Kyle Love Ankle Limited
Logan Mankins Knee Limited
Rob Ninkovich Hip Limited
Brandon Spikes Knee Limited
Sebastian Vollmer Back/Foot/Flu Limited
Wes Welker Knee Limited
Tracy White Abdomen Limited
Dan Connolly Groin Full
Matthew Slater Shoulder Full
Deion Branch Knee Full
James Ihedigbo Shoulder Full
Matt Light Flu Full

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