Gronkowski cleared to play vs. Jets

Gronkowski cleared to play vs. Jets
October 18, 2013, 9:45 am
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No more "day-to-day" for Rob Gronkowski.

The Patriots tight end who has been recovering from surgery on his forearm and his back has been cleared to play for Sunday's game against the New York Jets, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Rosenhaus sent a text to multiple national media outlets, including PFT, that read, "Rob has now been cleared by all his doctors to play Sunday in the Jets game."

Bill Belichick declined to comment on Gronkowski's status Friday morning, saying the team would list the injury report at the end of the day.

Gronkowski was not put on the PUP list to start the season, signaling that the tight end would return by Week 6. But his forearm recovery became a concern to doctors, including Dr. James Andrews, who would not clear him for game action until this Sunday.

There's no word yet on just how many snaps Gronkowski will play. The Patriots may bring him along slowly in his first game back, much like they did with Danny Amendola in Week 5 against the Bengals.

But just being cleared to play is an obviously huge step, and a big help to Tom Brady and a Patriots offense looking for a boost.