Rob Gronkowski stayed behind in Foxboro when the Patriots traveled to Richmond, Va., for three joint practices with the Redskins. But next week, when the Eagles visit Gillette Stadium for joint practices leading up to a preseason game on August 15, the star tight end is expected to be back on the field and practicing.
"I expect that we will see him back on the field next week against Philadelphia working like he did before we left there," Patriots coach Bill Belichick told 98.5 The Sports Hub on Thursday, "and hopefully continue to make good progress."
Gronkowski was a limited participant in two weeks of training camp practices leading up to the joint work with the Redskins. While he ran routes and caught passes from Tom Brady and the team's other quarterbacks, Gronkowski was not on the field for 11-on-11 or 7-on-7 work.
While the Patriots were in Richmond, Gronkowski kept up with the rehabilitation plan for his surgically-repaired knee, according to Belichick.
"This week was an opportunity for him to re-up the treatments and less on the field work," Belichick said.
Once the Patriots are back on the practice fields, we'll see just how much Gronkowski participates.