New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) reacts after his touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts 59-24. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Gronkowski Injury: Patriots TE "Improving A Lot"

New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski hasn’t spoken about his injury in a few months, and he finally spoke to the media about his injury today and stated that he is “improving a lot”. Gronkowski isn’t expected to play in the first two weeks of the regular season, but it would be a surprise for him to be out past Week 4. The current target date for Gronkowski is still likely Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but, based on a couple of reports this week, we shouldn’t rule out the chance of Gronk playing against the New York Jets in Week 2. While that is unlikely, it isn’t impossible.

Here’s what Gronkowski said about his recovery, “Right now, we just take it day by day and [I'm] improving a lot. I’ve been improving since last week, I’ve been improving since three weeks ago. The only thing I can ask out of myself, the coaches ask out of me, the trainers ask out of me, is just to take it every day at a time and just to improve every day.”

Gronk predictably did not indicate a timetable or even give a percentage of how healthy he feels, but it certainly sounds like he has made significant progress and is on track to play in Week 3. Not only did the Patriots place him on the 53-man roster, but they also cut Jake Ballard and Daniel Fells, which showed confidence in Gronk’s health. There have been nothing but good reports coming out of Foxboro regarding Rob Gronkowski, and he was able to practice in the last three days.

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