FOXBORO -- Rob Gronkowski has progressed slowly but surely through training camp. He's gone from rehabbing, to running routes and catching balls from Tom Brady, to performing blocking drills on an opponent with a hand-held pad. For the first time this summer he participated in 7-on-7 work on Monday.
New England's top tight end is still limited, however, as he returns off of a torn ACL that ended his 2013 season. And according to Pro Football Talk, there's a good chance that Gronkowski won't be out on the field with the Patriots when they play their first game of the season in Miami on September 7.
From PFT: Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gronkowski’s anticipated Week One availability sits at 50-50, with perhaps a shade above the even-money proposition. It’s not a surprise; given the many surgeries and complications Gronkowski has endured in the past two years, there’s no reason to be reckless with his health.
We will continue to monitor Gronkowski's participation in Patriots practices as the team nears its season-opener. He was limited in his work during New England's first joint practice with the Eagles on Tuesday, not participating in any of the 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 work against the Eagles. He did participate in individual drills with his teammates.