Jun 5, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski (87) and Michael Hoomanawanui (47) warm up during organized team activities at the Patriots Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski To Return By Week One?

If the New England Patriots want any chance of getting back to the Super Bowl in 2014, they will need tight end Rob Gronkowski completely healthy. The big man has undergone a number of procedures over the last year or so, none bigger than the ACL operation he had done this past season.

Gronk’s rehab has gone well, according to Albert Breer and Chris Wesseling of NFL.com, much better than last offseason’s rehab, where he had to recover from arm and back surgery.

Gronkowski’s rehab has been a lot smoother than last offseason’s. The Patriots aren’t going to take any risks, though. Gronkowski will spend a portion of the next month rehabbing near Foxboro.

Per Breer, the Pats goal is to have Gronkowski back for week one against Miami, although training camp is not out of the question.

It’s possible that Gronk’s knee will be ready for the start of training camp in late July, but the Patriots won’t do anything to jeopardize his chances of being ready for Week 1.

Rob Gronkowski is such a dynamic offensive weapon for New England, and when he is on the field, it is almost like Tom Brady has a whole different unit on the field with him. Having Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman tearing apart the middle of the field is great, but come playoff time, you need a mismatch that you can take advantage of. Yards and points are just so tough to come by in January and February.

Hopefully Gronk will be ready for week one, but more importantly, he will stay healthy all year long, and into the postseason.

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