Gronk to consider specialized shoe

INDIANAPOLIS -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said Wednesday that the team is looking into a specialized cleat he could wear in Super Bowl XLVI to make it easier for him to play despite a high left ankle sprain.

"I think we're going over that tonight, so we will see with the training staff," Gronkowski said.

Gronkowski added that he was unsure if he would practice today, while Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn't reveal the team's practice plans for Gronkowski, only saying that he is getting better.

It is widely assumed that Gronkowski will play Sunday night. The bigger question figures to be his effectiveness, and even Gronkowski acknowledged he's not sure how his time away from the practice field would affect him.

"I’m just staying at weight and doing what I possibly can do to stay in shape," he said.