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Rob Gronkowski cleared to play

Rob Gronkowski cleared to play. (Photo By Rich Schultz)

Rob Gronkowski cleared to play.
(Photo By Rich Schultz)

Patriots tight end, Rob Gronkowski, is cleared to play, head coach Bill Belichick said today.

The veterans reported to camp today, and the first practice will be tomorrow.

“He’s been here,” coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday at Gillette Stadium. “He would be ineligible to (appear on PUP list) because he’s been cleared to play.”

This is great news for the Patriots and the fans because this means we will all see Gronk in training camp and he will NOT start the season on the PUP list.

“Rob has always worked hard,” Belichick said. “He worked hard as a rookie, so he has always worked hard when he’s here. I can’t speak for the rest of the time, but from what we’ve seen he has been consistent.”

Gronk tore his ACL against the Browns week 14 last year.

The news of Gronk’s return has sent a jolt through the locker room.

“It’s a positive,” guard Logan Mankins said. “We were all hoping Gronk would have a good recovery and so far he has. We’ll just see where he is and how good he is right now. It’s great to have him out there. He’s a dynamic blocker. He does a great job blocking and he’s a big target for Tom [Brady] to get the ball to when he gets open. Any time you can have Gronk on the field, it’s great.”


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