Patriots hopeful for Gronk’s Return Ahead of Super Bowl 52

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By Katie Rhee 1/27/18
The big question for the New England Patriots continues to be the status of their big tight end. Rob Gronkowski did not participate in Thursday’s practice with just over a week until Super Bowl 52, where the Patriots will take on the Philadelphia Eagles.

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The All-Pro tight end exited the AFC Championship game in the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars with what was listed as a “head injury” following a huge hit from Jaguars safety Barry Church. He has since been placed under concussion protocol and will have to be examined by an independent neurologist before being permitted to play in the Super Bowl. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information, Gronkowski now has been listed on the injury report 50 times over his career, not including his many times on the injured reserve, but this marks the first time with a concussion.

This season, Gronk has 69 receptions with 8 touchdowns.  He also averaged 15.7 yards per reception, 77.4 yards per game and a total of 1084 receiving yards.
Regardless of Gronk’s status, the Eagles are preparing to face him in February.  According to the New York Post, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins referred to the 2 time Super Bowl champion as a monster in the red zone and that “Gronk is playing in this game.  At least that’s how we’re going to prepare for them.”
Super Bowl 52 will air on February 4th at 6:30 EST.