Rob Gronkowski is back on the field

New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski is back on the field after missing last weekend’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, per Jeff Howe an Karen Guregian of The Boston Herald.

Gronkowski suffered a bruised right knee two weeks ago in New England’s game against the Denver Broncos and it was announced that he would be evaluated on a week-to-week basis.

Given how he is back on the field now, it’s looking like he is on the right path to returning to game action.

But just when that will be remains to be seen. As Howe and Guregian reported, Gronkowski was practicing with a “bulky plastic brace” on his knee despite wearing his helmet for much of practice. Moreover, the star tight end has said that he won’t return until he is at “100 percent.”

But the fact that he’s back at practice and absorbing contact is a good sign, and the Patriots would love to have him back sooner rather than later. New England’s receiving corps is absolutely depleted following injuries to Julian Edelman and pass-catching running back Dion Lewis as well as Gronkowski, and having him back for the playoffs would help the team’s odds of repeating as Super Bowl champions tremendously.

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