Patriots' Rob Gronkowski cleared from concussion protocol

Marc Narducci, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News on

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared from the concussion protocol and will be ready to face the Eagles on Sunday in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Gronkowski suffered a concussion in the second quarter of the Patriots' 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC title game on Jan. 21.

He was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

On Thursday he was a full participant.

"We got the word today that I was cleared and it was nice to hear from the doctors," Gronkowski said to a large press gathering. "We went through the whole process and we are ready to roll."

He said he knew all the time that he would return.


"They were more on the cautious side rather than putting me out there right away with the bye week in between, which helped big-time," Gronkowski said.

Gronkowski had another huge season with 69 receptions for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns in earning his fifth Pro Bowl selection.

When asked what he was able to do at practice, he replied, "Everything. I was cleared, I was able to do everything I was scheduled to do out on the field so I will be ready to roll in the game, will be full-go, ready to roll."

Also for the Patriots, defensive lineman Deatrich Wise (concussion) was also a full participant. Defensive backs Malcolm Butler (illness) and Brandon King (knee) were also full participants after practicing on a limited basis Wednesday.


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