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Gronkowski Won’t Practice Due to Injured Ankle

Rob Gronkowski won’t take the field today due to an injured left ankle.

Gronkowski, who set an NFL record for tight ends with 17 touchdown catches this season, limped off the field in the third quarter of Sunday’s 23-20 win over Baltimore in the AFC championship game but returned about five minutes later. On Monday he was seen wearing a removable boot on his left foot.

Coach Bill Belichick said that Gronkowski would not take part Thursday in the team’s first practice for the Super Bowl. Asked how Gronkowski was progressing, Belichick said, “good, good.”

He was noncommittal on how the Patriots would be affected if Gronkowski plays in the Super Bowl without practicing for it.

“We’ll just have to see, you know,” Belichick said. “He’s not going to practice today, so take it day by day. I’m not going to try to forecast where things will be 10 days from now. We’ll just take it day by day.”

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