Rob Gronkowski Participates In First Contact Drills, Plans On Playing All 16 Games In 2014

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 | 0


After returning from several surgeries on his forearm and back to re-assume his mantle as one of the finest tight ends (TEs) in the NFL in 2013, the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski was quickly dealt yet another maddening injury setback in Week 14 when a low hit against the Cleveland Browns tore his ACL and MCL, requiring season-ending knee surgery.

“Gronk” has understandably been ushered along carefully in his return to action. Last week, reports had him favoring his injured knee while running with a slight limp.

However, news to the contrary has surfaced this evening, as ESPN’s Mike Reiss revealed on Twitter that Gronkowski participated in his first 11-on-11 practice session today and plans to play the full season this year:

If that is indeed true, it’s cause for celebration for Patriots’ fans, as the team undoubtedly enjoys the huge red zone presence that Gronkowski brings star quarterback (QB) Tom Brady.

Gronkowski insisted to reporters that his practicing in light contract drills and running a few routes wasn’t anything major, but he did focus that there had been no setbacks with his injury.

Despite his progress, Gronkowski will be kept out of the Patriots’ two remaining preseason games as a precaution.

Still, the Patriots are notoriously secretive about their injury reports, so if you’re planning on drafting Gronkowski in your fantasy draft, make sure to keep an eye focused on TSM Plug for any and all developing news concerning the injured Patriots star.

If you decide against selecting the talented but oft-injured “Gronk,” here are five lower-priced tight ends that could propel you to victory.

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