FOXBORO -- The Gronkowski questions won't stop until he sees the field. And even then, the questions will only change.
Head coach Bill Belichick gave an update on the tight end Wednesday morning: "He’s definitely made progress."
Forward progress was as apparent last Friday as it's been all year, when Gronkowski's game status was listed as "Questionable" instead of "Doubtful" for the first time this season.
Belichick said Gronkowski's football conditioning has improved. Despite rehabbing injuries to both a forearm and his back, the tight end has worked hard to do everything he's physically able to in regard to lifting and training.
"Like any player that’s not able to do some things, they do what they can do. The things they can’t do, they can’t do. Things they can do, they can do. Hardly anybody has a full body injury. If they have an injury in one part of the body, they can still train other parts of the body. If that’s the part of the body that’s injured, that’s the part that needs to be rehabilitated. But that’s a medical thing, it’s not a coaching thing, I don’t really have anything to do with that," the coach shrugged.
Gronkowski is stronger, that much Belichick would admit. The tight end's status for Sunday's game in Atlanta, however, remains in question.