A Week 1 return to the gridiron is a legitimate possibility as New England Patriots All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski continues to rehab from a torn ACL. The Patriots kick-off their regular season opposite the Miami Dolphins.
Gronkowski suffered the ACL injury last season during a Week 14 tilt with the Cleveland Browns. Browns safety T.J. Ward tackled Gronkowski low, delivering a direct blow to the knee. He missed a total of nine games last season.
According to Paul Perillo of Patriots.com, “all signs point toward” Gronkowski dressing and participating in the opener. Everything has gone according to plan throughout the rehabilitation process. He’s sustained no setbacks thus far, unlike the arduous forearm ordeal.
Let’s not hold our breathe though. We’ve seen the Patriots be extremely cautious with the big man. He’s a vital piece to the Patriots offense. Having him healthy for a full season would be a major boost, but it’s been a few years since he’s played in all 16 games.
Gronkowski snagged 90 balls and 17 touchdowns in his last complete year in 2011.