Belichick on Gronkowski: He's not ready yet

Belichick on Gronkowski: He's not ready yet
December 26, 2012, 5:10 pm

FOXBORO -- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gave something of an update on Rob Gronkowski Wednesday. 
"He did more last week than he did the week before," Belichick said. "We'll see where he's at today and tomorrow when we go out there. We'll see what he can do. We'll take it day-to-day. We make decisions day-to-day, based on where he's at. 
"He's moving along; not ready yet."

The tight end, who fractured his left forearm in New England's November 18 win over the Colts, returned to practice December 14. 
Last Sunday's game against Jacksonville marked the fifth consecutive contest Gronkowski's missed. The Patriots' match up with Miami this weekend will be the last chance he has to get competitive reps in before the postseason. 
Will he? Won't he? 
Belichick made it sound like the choice is not yet his to make. 
"I think those are really decisions that are made medically," Belichick said. "If players are able to play, then we play them; if they're not, then we don't. It's the same for every player. We treat them all the same. 
"There's nothing more important than a player's health and safety. When they're clear to play, we make a playing decision. If they're not clear to play, there's no decision to make. Once it's a competitive decision, then that's a coaching decision; if it's a medical decision, it's made by medical people."