After dealing with a multitude of injuries in recent seasons and taking his time in recovery, there were whispers out of the New England Patriots camp suggesting that tight end Rob Gronkowski was milking his woes to stay off the field.
The accusations seemed rather baseless, though, appeared once again after Gronk told local media that he planned to take his time in recovery from his ACL surgery which he underwent on January 7th.
So far, so good on the recovery plan however as Gronk says he’s suffered zero setbacks in the months since.
For what it’s worth, the Patriots tight end hasn’t been participating in OTA’s this week though has been in attendance and doing his own thing on the side, so he’s at least with the team and working out even if he’s not joining them in more organized activities.
As for the Pro Bowl talents status for Week 1? That remains a mystery and will likely do so well into training camp if not further. New England is always over protective about injury news and given the nature of Gronk’s injury (and his own desire to keep his recovery quiet) we may not hear anything until the official injury report comes out before the Patriots season opener.
Regardless, assuming there are no setbacks, it sounds like we’ll see Gronk at some point during the first few games of the season which is a pretty speedy recovery time given it usually takes a full year of recovery to return from an ACL tear.