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Rob Gronkowski plans to play all 16 games for the New England Patriots

Rob Gronkowski is considered to be among the best tight ends in the NFL by nearly every analyst, pundit, and fan you may ask. The issue, however, is that Gronkowski has had limited playing time over the last two seasons due to a penchant for getting injured.

After two years straight of playing in all 16 games of the NFL season, Gronkowski has played in a total of 18 games in the last two seasons. Although Gronkowski still put up impressive numbers during his limited time on the field, he wants to prove that he can play and stay healthy throughout the rigorous NFL season.

Gronkowski is still nursing his ACL injury he incurred last season with only a few weeks to go before the New England Patriots open up their season against the division rival Miami Dolphins.

Today, Gronkowski played in his first 11-on-11 scrimmage of the season, and he felt good on the practice field. Afterwards, Gronkowski spoke with the media and shared his ideal plan, which includes playing all 16 games for the Patriots this season, according to RotoWorld.

It should not come off as shocking that Gronkowski would like to play the entire season, but the chances seem unlikely that he will do so. At this point, there is no word as to whether or not Gronkowski will even be fit to play in the regular season opener.

As September inches ever closer, Gronkowski will have to prove his health on the practice field if he wants a chance to play in all 16 games this season.

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