Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will be “good to go” for Super Bowl
The two-week break in between the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl LII is a good thing for the New England Patriots. For one, it gives their star tight end in Rob Gronkowski ample time to recover from a head injury. According to sources of Kirk Minihane of the Kirk & Callahan show, Gronkowski is going to be on the field on Feb. 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Sources: Gronkowski “will absolutely be good to go” for Super Bowl. Already working out in facility.
— Kirk Minihane (@kirkmin) January 25, 2018
Gronkowski has been placed in the concussion protocol after sustaining a concussion during the Patriots’ 24-20 come-from-behind victory at Foxborough over the Jacksonville Jaguars in a conference title match on Jan. 21. In that game, the hulking tight end absorbed a huge hit from Jaguars safety Barry Church in the second quarter before getting ruled out for the rest of the contest with only 21 receiving yards on one catch.
The 28-year-old Gronkowski has yet to practice following the Jaguars game, sitting out the Patriots’ practice session Thursday, but New England may very well just be being extra careful.
Although Tom Brady managed to tow his team to a win against the Jaguars minus Rob Gronkowski, an absence by the tight end in the Super Bowl would be a blow to the Patriots’ offense that is averaging 317.5 passing yards this postseason. The Pats also finished second in scoring offense (28.6) and first in total offense (394.2) in the regular season with Gronkowski playing a significant role. The former Arizona Wildcat paces the Patriots in both receiving yards and receiving touchdowns with 1,084 and seven, respectively.
As of this writing, the Patriots are 5.5-point favorites to win their Super Bowl in a row.