Allen not worried about getting up there in age

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Allen not worried about getting up there in age

What's that old saying, "Age is just a number"?

Ray Allen is a strong believer in that -- which we have all benefitted from seeing over the last few seasons.

But while Allen doesn't buy into the age concerns, everyone else does.

Now, Allen and Kevin Garnett are even older, and both happen to be in the last year of their current contracts with the Celtics.

So in the words of Mike Gorman, is this a "one last dance kind of thing"?

"I embraced that when we first got here because then it was like we were 'old'. "When I was 31, 32, I was old to everybody. And now I'm old."

What Allen is saying is people have been ready to put him, Paul Pierce, and Garnett in a nursing home ever since they arrived here in Boston.

But Allen isn't ready to go anywhere but to the gym, and with the way he's talking he could be there for many more years to come.

"The interesting part is, I know people who compete in triathlons and run marathons that are twice my age. So I don't ever allow myself that I should be given an exemption because of my age. I can work just as hard as anybody else and continue to do what I've done my whole career."

A lot of older athletes get tired of the everyday grind. Reggie Miller admitted he couldn't bring himself to do it a couple years back. But Allen -- as of now -- has problems in an entirely opposite way.

"For me it's the downside of that -- just resting myself, making myself get he proper nutrients and rest that I need so I can recover and get to the points where I can play at my highest level."

Allen has always kept himself healthy, but in his older years has probably realized that he needs to give his body more time to heal than he used to.

So do his teammates.

"Paul and Kevin are doing the same thing," Allen said. "As long as we do that then we give ourselves a great chance."

Gronkowski healthy enough to participate during Patriots OTA practice

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Gronkowski healthy enough to participate during Patriots OTA practice

There's one where he makes a one-handed catch and celebrates with his arms outstretched as he glides into the end zone. There's another where he leaves his feet to go up and over safety Devin McCourty to come down with a pass. 

Judging by some of the pictures that have surfaced on Patriots.com of Rob Gronkowski participating in an OTA practice earlier this week, the All-Pro tight end seems to be feeling pretty good. 

Gronkowski, who agreed to an incentive-laden contract restructure for the upcoming season, is returning to action after undergoing season-ending back surgery last year so there was some question as to just how prepared he'd be to participate in practices this spring and summer. 

Again, judging by the photos, the answer is he's ready to ready to run routes on air and make contested catches against defenders.

Reporters will have an opportunity to watch the team practice on Thursday, the first workout open to members of the media, which will allow us to judge Gronkowski's mobility and his level of participation more fully.

Another takeaway from the photos on the team website is that Gronkowski was not required to wear a non-contact jersey during the session. Contact is not allowed during this phase of the offseason training program, but players returning from injury (and quarterbacks) will still wear red jerseys to inform their teammates they're not to be touched. For instance, Jonathan Freeny, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve about a month into last season, donned a red non-contact jersey in one image.