Rob Gronkowski isn't going to let a little thing like ankle surgery prevent him from . . . well, from being Gronk.
He donned a Worcester Sharks jersey and did a spike of the puck Friday night before the Providence-at-Worcester game, even though his ankle cast prevented him from getting the full Gronk into his motion. Afterwards he sat with the media and discussed . . .
HIS POST-SUPER BOWL DANCE PARTY: "It just happened I was with my family, my friends, people I hadn't seen in over a year, and we were just having a fun time together."
LOSING TO THE GIANTS: "You don't want to lose that game. You don't play that long and go to the Super Bowl and want to lose . . . That's what's motivating us throughout this offseason. It's motivating me, definitely. I can't wait to get back. I mean, I can't do anything right now on my feet, but I'm doing everything I can on my upper body."
HIS SURGICALLY REPAIRED ANKLE: "Obviously, it's not 100 percent. Just every day, just getting better and that's all you can ask for . . .Within a couple of weeks, my goal is to be 100 percent and just keep on going day by day with it."
Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.
"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.
"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.
Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."
Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.