For the second straight year, Rob Gronkowski isn’t practicing with his teammates during offseason workouts as he recovers from surgery. But the Patriots’ star tight end doesn’t seem too worried about it.
“Just doing my own thing. Just getting healthy on the side,” Gronkowski said Wednesday at Igo Elementary in Foxborough, where Robert Kraft and Patriots players presented the school with a check for $60,000 for new playground equipment as part of the NFL’s Play 60 program.
“Just rehabbing every day, improving every single week, and that’s all I can ask for.”
Gronkowski is five months removed from surgery to repair the ACL and MCL in his right knee, which he injured in early December. Last year he had multiple surgeries to his forearm and back that held him out of the offseason, training camp, and the first six games of the regular season. He then suffered his knee injury in his seventh game back.
Gronkowski could open training camp in late July on the Physically Unable to Perform to list, and can come off at any time during camp. His availability in the first few weeks of the regular season is also in question, but Gronkowski said he is still involved with the Patriots’ offseason program.
“Right after this Play 60 event, I’ll be going right to the building and go work out with my teammates, go through the rehab, go study up and everything,” he said. “All I can ask for is to work hard every day and let the body heal and do what it does, and hopefully when it comes down to it, I’m ready to roll.”
Gronkowski is also staying busy off the field this offseason, appearing on an episode of “Whose Line is it Anyway” and partying in Las Vegas last weekend with Johnny Manziel and hosting a youth football camp this weekend in Melrose.
But Kraft doesn’t seem to mind Gronkowski’s endeavors, given his dedication to his rehab.
“I do my Play 60 every day and I am down in the training room, and he’s been there and he’s been very diligent and working very hard,” Kraft said. “He is such a well-intentioned guy and he’s a lot of fun. I’ve never seen Gronk, in all the time with us, ever say or do anything that had a negative overtone.”
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