Rob Gronkowski: 'Nothing's changed'

October, 17, 2013
10/17/13
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski didn't have any updates on his status when addressing reporters on Thursday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

"No, nothing," he said. "I'm just improving every week, that's all, really. I mean, like I said, nothing's changed man, and nothing has changed the whole time. And just the one thing that has changed actually is that I'm improving every week and it's going good."

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Earlier in the day, Gronkowski's agent said that his client has yet to be medically cleared for game action. Gronkowski, who has had multiple surgeries on his forearm and one on his back over the past year, noted that the decision on when he'll return is ultimately a medical one, but will be made by a group.

"It's basically myself, the doctors and just talking to the coaches, especially with coach Belichick to see how everything's going," he said. "We talk all the time on how everything's going and me and him have been on the whole page the whole time since the beginning and the decision will be made eventually."

He conceded that having to miss game action is frustrating.

"Obviously I want to be out there," Gronkowski said. "I love the game of football, I love playing. I love playing the game and it's great being out there with my teammates, practicing out there, getting on the same page, getting the chemistry down and we'll see."

While the decision is not solely his own to make, the question was posed to Gronkowski of whether he would play if it was only up to himself.

"I wouldn't say that, 'cause I mean, you've got to go through the process of asking the doctors and everything so I'm not just going to make a decision by myself," he replied. "That's why you got a whole organization to work together."

As has been the case throughout the regular season, Gronkowski was on the practice field with teammates on Thursday, which was conducted in shells and helmets. His status for this Sunday's game against the Jets is still unknown.
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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