Jul 24, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) runs through drills during training camp at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Gronkowski not participating in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills Thursday

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is trying to recover from an ACL/MCL injury suffered during the 2013 season. He was cleared by doctors ahead of training camp and avoided getting put on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list.

It is pretty remarkable considering he is just a little over seven months removed from suffering the injury, but it looks like the Patriots aren’t risking Gronkowski’s health early in training camp.

Gronkowski did not participate in any team work, 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills on Thursday, according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.

By not being put on that list, he is not eligible for the reserve/PUP list to start the season, which would hold him out for six games. The Patriots desperately need Gronkowski back in their line up after lacking weapons in the passing game last year.

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