Rob Gronkowski says he's healthy

Updated: October 23, 2013, 2:03 PM ET
By Field Yates | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who made his season debut in Week 7 and finished with a team-high eight catches for 114 yards, said Wednesday that everything checked out well related to his health and that he's going to put his injuries in the past.

"I felt good," he said. "Everything checked out well. And all with the injury stuff and everything, I'm going to tell you guys now that that's all going to be in the past, so I won't be answering any more questions about that and the focus now is about the opponents coming up on the week.

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Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY SportsPatriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had a productive season debut Sunday against the Jets, hauling in eight receptions for 114 yards.

"So my focus now is the Miami Dolphins."

Gronkowski, who donned a large brace over his surgically repaired left forearm, suggested he'll continue to wear it for the duration of the season.

"Yeah, that'll be all year, probably," he said.

The 24-year old conceded that making his return to game action gave him the "jitters," but that he's ready to move forward.

"You always get the jitters [the] first game back, but it's just football now, and this is my fourth year," he said. "I just gotta go out there and do what I can do."

After playing 51 of 79 offensive snaps in Sunday's overtime loss to the New York Jets, Gronkowski anticipated that he'll be able to up his workload as the season progresses.

"Yes, definitely," he said. "Whatever the coaches present that week, whatever the game plan is they got, I'll follow along."

After weeks of speculation regarding whether or not he would return to the field following offseason forearm and back surgeries, Gronkowski acknowledged it was a relief to be able to get back to a "normal" week and not answer questions about his availability.

"Yeah it is, actually, it feels good," he added. "It's a normal week, I'm just preparing, I just can concentrate on the Dolphins now all week."

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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