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Rob Gronkowski will try to practice

Rob Gronkowski is one of the toughest players in the NFL today, and a recent report from Shalise Manza Young helps prove the New England Patriots star tight end’s determination. She tweeted that Gronkowski will try to practice this week after breaking his forearm just three weeks ago against the Indianapolis Colts (November 18th).

That would be a huge comeback for Gronk, who was expected to return in Week 16 at the earliest. Reports from Tom Curran about a week ago suggested that he would even be out for the entire regular season. A few days after his injury, there was one report from Albert Breer stating that Gronkowski would try to return in time for the games against the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers.

Apparently he is trying to return in time for the 49ers game or more likely the Week 16 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. I highly doubt he plays against the Niners, and that would be extremely imprudent of him. I love the toughness, but Gronk recently had surgery and should only be returning against the Jags at the earliest.

Man, is Gronk one tough hombre. We’ll see if he practices on Thursday or Friday, because I highly doubt he participates in a walkthrough/light practice session today. If he does practice this week, then we will likely see the TE in shells on Friday.

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