Nov 3, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) reacts after a pass interference call against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Gronkowski Says He’d Rather Have A Concussion Than An ACL Tear, Won’t Say If He Will Be Ready For Week One


Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) prior to the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier today, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski spoke with WAAF’s ‘The Hill-Man Morning Show’, and he had a few interesting comments. (Quotes via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald)

This was his response to a question asked as to whether he would rather have a concussion, or an ACL tear:

“That’s a pretty obvious answer,” Gronkowski told the show. “Would I rather have a concussion and be out for three days or rather have a knee injury and be rehabbing for six months? I would rather have a concussion and be out for three days anytime.”

Gronk was also asked about his estimated return to the football field, particularly if he would be ready for week one of the regular season.

“That’s too far away, man,” Gronkowski said. “I’m just improving every day right now.”

The common thought among fans and reporters is Gronk will be ready for the start of the season. But as you can tell, the big tight end won’t be saying anything about that until a much later date.

Here are a few more quotes from Gronkowski regarding his recovery, and the process that he has to go through to get back to where he wants to be.

“It’s going good, man,” Gronkowski said. “You know how it is. Working hard every day, and I’m actually improving every week. It’s feeling good and coming along very well.”

“You’ve just got to have a mindset basically every single day that you’re going to go in, work hard and you’re going to get better,” Gronkowski said. “Definitely going in when it’s the same thing 15 weeks straight, it starts to get tough, but you’ve got to stay mentally tough, stay physically strong. You’ve got to just keep going in and keep grinding.”

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