Trainers, Gronk will collaborate on status

February, 2, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said Thursday that the final decision on whether he plays in Super Bowl XLVI will come as a result of collaboration between him and the team's athletic training staff.

"It's my body and I know how I feel the best," Gronkowski said. "I just communicate with the trainers on how I feel, what they think, and we just put all our knowledge together so we can get the best possible situation."

Gronkowski added that he wouldn't play if he felt it wasn't the right thing to do.

"I will make the final call. I listen to the trainer's advice, but it's how I feel," he said. "I'm just trying to get better. The trainer has helped me to get to a place where I need to be."

Gronkowski hasn't practiced since suffering a left high ankle sprain Jan. 22 in the AFC title game, and hopes to join his teammates for at least one practice before Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

Team sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Gronkowski was expected to practice Thursday for the first time since suffering the injury, though in a limited capacity. Gronkowski was also expected to play Sunday, barring a setback at practice, those same sources said.

"Obviously I want to be out there and get some practices in before a game. I want to do as much as possible before a game," he said. "We'll see. Our practice is in a couple hours [and] we'll see how I'm feeling, talk to the training staff, talk to the coaches, put it all together and we'll see what I can do today."

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Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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