Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) sits on the bench during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Texans 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Patriots expect Rob Gronkowski to be ready by Week 1

When it comes to the New England Patriots this summer, all eyes will undoubtedly be on whether or not tight end Rob Gronkowski will be ready to go by the time the regular season gets underway as he continues to rehab from knee surgery. According to, the Patriots have set a goal for Gronkowski to be ready and on the field with them during their Week 1 clash with the Miami Dolphins.

According to NFL Media’s Albert Breer, the goal is for Gronkowski to be on the field for the season opener at Miami.

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.

Obviously, it would be a tremendous help for the team to have one of their best offensive weapons on the field to start the regular season. However, it must not be forgotten that the story will not, and should not, end there.

Gronkowski being able to participate would be great, but then the questions becomes whether or not he can maintain that health throughout the course of the season and help the Patriots get back to the Super Bowl.

Even with that, though, there’s no doubt whatsoever that Tom Brady has to be in cloud nine, thinking about having one of his main targets on the field with him to start the season.

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