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Friday, January 27, 2012
Gronkowski's dad says high ankle sprain

By James Walker


With the New England Patriots predictably less than informative about tight end Rob Gronkowski's left ankle, the news was bound to get out somehow, and it may have come from an unexpected source.

Rob Gronkowski's father, Gordy Gronkowski, told Buffalo television station WIVB that his son has a high ankle sprain. Gordy Gronkowski is not a doctor. But he obviously keeps in close contact with his son.

The Patriots are holding the Pro Bowl tight end out of practice this week and only saying he's making progress. Gordy Gronkowski said he believes his son will play. Bu high-ankle sprains can take 2-4 weeks to recover and puts Rob Gronkowski's status in question.

Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey suffered a high ankle sprain before last year's Super Bowl and wasn't able to play. Will Rob Gronkowski be different?