Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – The New England Patriots have announced that tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play by doctors.
With the development, coach Bill Belichick said Gronkowski will not be placed on the active/physically unable to perform list to open training camp, which will start Thursday.
With the clearance, Gronkowski is expected to see action when the Patriots open the season September 7 against the Miami Dolphins. He said last week that he plans to play the full 16-game schedule.
Gronkowski, who was limited to seven games last season, underwent surgery on his right ACL on Jan. 9. After playing in all 16 regular-season games in each of his first two seasons, he has played just 18 of 32 since because of forearm and knee injuries.
“It’s a positive,” said veteran offensive lineman Logan Mankins, one of the Patriots’ captains. “We were all hoping Gronk would have a good recovery, and so far he has. Any time you can have Gronk on the field, it’s great.”
“I’m happy to see his progress and see him coming into this season and staying healthy; obviously, that’s what everyone is talking about,” defensive end Rob Ninkovich said. “I don’t want to speak on his behalf, but he’s one of the hardest-working guys I’ve ever seen as well.”