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Rob Gronkowski reportedly won’t attend start of Patriots’ offseason program

Rob Gronkowski has played eight seasons in the NFL.Mark Humphrey/AP

Tight end Rob Gronkowski will not attend the start of the Patriots’ voluntary offseason workout program on Monday, according to an ESPN report.

Gronkowski said after the Super Bowl he was considering his options and has not committed to returning for a ninth NFL season in 2018.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick acknowledged on Friday that not all Patriots players would be present on Monday.

“It will be heavily attended, but I know there are a couple players that I’ve talked to that have other commitments, but that’s the way it always is, too. So, not really anything new there,” he said.


Team owner Rober Kraft said in a recent interview with The Athletic that he wasn’t concerned Gronkowski might not return.

“It’s not even an issue for me,” Kraft said.

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