Rob Gronkowski Officially Cleared to Practice
The good news keeps coming for Rob Gronkowski and the New England Patriots. Despite tearing his ACL and MCL just over seven months ago, the star tight end has already officially been cleared to practice. It signals a remarkably quick recovery from a serious knee injury and also keeps him off of the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list to kickoff the season.
Gronkowski was long feared to grace the PUP list to start the 2013 season due to back and arm issues, but was able to stay off of the list then, too. Gronkowski still wound up missing the first seven games of the year, however.
That doesn’t seems to be the likely path for “The Gronk” going into 2014, as he’s already been cleared to practice and should slowly gear up to be ready for week one. Gronkowski himself has already stated that he’s committed to trying to play a full 16-game season this year – something he hasn’t done since his first and second seasons in the league.
Gronkowski has been bitten terribly by the injury bug over the past two seasons, as his run with poor health started with a mangled ankle in a 2011 playoff run and continued with arm, back and knee injuries in 2012 and 2013.
While his health is still going to remain under a microscope until he can shed “injury-prone” talk for good, the latest news is extremely positive and should have him ready for New England’s first game of 2014.
That’s encouraging news for Patriots fans, considering New England is at its very best with their best offensive weapon in the lineup. In fact, Gronkowski has been a monster red-zone presence almost at all times when healthy, scoring 42 touchdowns in the 50 games he’s appeared in. After missing 14 of a possible 32 games the past two years, Gronkowski is back on track to playing good, healthy football again. The rest of the league has been warned.
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