Gronkowski: 'Significant' progress since Week 2

Gronkowski: 'Significant' progress since Week 2
September 18, 2013, 3:15 pm
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FOXBORO -- When Bill Belichick was asked, for something like the 100th time, about Rob Gronkowski's status Wednesday, he decided to have a little fun.

"We haven’t practiced today. We’ve just been sitting in meetings; he looked great sitting in the meeting," the coach smirked.

Later in the day, Gronkowski was jokingly prodded about his excellent classroom attendance. The tight end absolutely grinned.

"Definitely! I've been there every single day in the meeting rooms. You've got to stay up mentally on this game, with how [quarterback Tom Brady] runs it, how [offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels] presents everything to us and how he wants it run out on the field."

He was less enthusiastic when pushed about a potential return date. Gronkowski hasn't seen the game field since January 13; he's still working to come back from multiple forearm procedures and a back surgery performed this offseason.

With New England scoring just 18.0 points per game and Brady hurting for reliable targets, the team has to be anxious for the tight end to return. Will Sunday's home game against Tampa Bay be the day Gronkowski gets his first snaps?

If he knows he's playing, he's not telling.

"So far, there's nothing really new to report. I'm just day-to-day."

His answers truly haven't changed much. From the sounds of it, you can consistently move him closer to a return. But it's hard to quantify how many paces Gronkowski has moved when you don't know exactly where he last stood.

"I've progressed significantly since last week," he said. "That's all I can ask for out of myself and that's what  the coaches and training staff are asking for -- improving every single week, working hard, progressing, and doing the best of my ability."