Patriots' fans may be seeing injured Tight End Rob Gronkowski in uniform Sunday Night against the 49ers. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Gronkowski practices, hopeful for Sunday night return?

New England Patriots’ All Pro Tight End Rob Gronkowski participated in practice today, the first such occurance since breaking his forearm on November 18th.

Of course, his presence at practice could mean nothing more than gamesmanship on the part of Bill Belichick, or perhaps the first step on a long road back from a broken bone.  With Bill Belichick calling the shots, it’s tough to know.

Because when it comes to the New England Patriots’ and their disclosure of information, they are almost as vague as a blank sheet of paper.  Regardless, we will know a great deal more about Gronkowski’s status for this Sunday night’s game when the league releases it’s injury reports late Friday afternoon.

If Gronkowski does come back to play just shy of a month from the injury occurrence, it would not be unprecedented.  Patriots’ fans will remember linebacker Mike Vrabel coming back from a similar injury after just 2 weeks…but the two positions require a different set of skills – and as Gronkowski would be running patterns and catching balls in addition to his blocking duties, protecting the break is a more difficult proposition.

The thought would be that Gronkowski would not be at the portion of practice that media members have access to were he not going to be upgraded to Questionable, but, again, we will have to wait for this afternoon’s injury report for confirmation of that.

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