Rob Gronkowski in full pads, Leon Washington and two others out

New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski has been progressing well from offseason back and arm surgeries, so much so that the Patriots have kept him on the 53-man roster instead of placing him on the reserve/PUP list. Gronk’s recovery has been quick to this point, and he remains on track for a return in Week 3. While it is still not realistic to expect him to play against the Buffalo Bills or against the New York Jets in Week 2 (short week), it is very encouraging to hear news that Rob Gronkowski is back at practice today in full pads. He isn’t just doing agility drills and catching passes on the sidelines; he’s taking reps.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe adds that in addition to Gronkowski being at practice in pads, there are three notable absences at practice. Returner and running back Leon Washington is out, cornerback Marquice Cole was not spotted, and swing tackle and emergency guard Will Svitek is also absent.

Below are a series of tweets from ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss regarding what Rob Gronkowski is doing at practice right now, and it’s more encouraging stuff for the Patriots and the star TE.

 

 

This is definitely great news, and I would definitely feel safe in saying that Gronkowski is going to play in Week 3. He seems to be making excellent progress, is already in full pads, and the Patriots were totally fine with cutting both Jake Ballard and Daniel Fells whilst placing Gronk on the 53-man roster.



Topics: Leon Washington, Marquice Cole, New England Patriots, NFL Preseason, Rob Gronkowski, Will Svitek

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