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Asked before Thursday’s game about the possibility of Rob Gronkowski returning to the Patriots, owner Robert Kraft appeared to keep the door wide open for a possible return for the tight end.

“We all love Gronk and I think the bottom line is, he hasn’t put his retirement papers in. We can pray and hope,” Kraft told the NFL Network. “I think that’s a good academic argument that there is hope with Gronk.”

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Because Gronkowski hasn’t filed his retirement paperwork — according to Kraft — it could pave the way for his return. Many players wait to officially file with the league. However, given that Gronkowski has been coy when asked about a possible return, it certainly doesn’t do anything to tamp down the rumors.

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Later on in the broadcast, Gronkowski was asked about the possibility of a return, and the tight end said, “I’ll always leave the door open.”