Kraft: Team behind Gronk's decision

October, 13, 2013
10/13/13
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was a guest on ESPN New York radio on Sunday morning, and was asked by host Mike Lupica about tight end Rob Gronkowski's potential return.

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Here is the Q&A from that part of the interview:

Q: Has Gronkowski's relationship with the team become complicated?

Kraft: "No, well, look, he's a young man that has had a number of different operations and I just want to make clear, because I know the media has a job to do, our first concern is his health and safety and doing what's in his best interest long-term. And he's the only one who can decide when he's ready to play and we're completely behind whatever his decision is. Obviously all of us would like him to come as soon as possible, but we're not going to let our short-term desire impede what's right for the long-term."

Also, Ed Werder and the "Sunday NFL Countdown Crew" discuss the report that the absence of Gronkowski is causing resentment and tension among teammates.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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