Gronkowski nearing a return

Gronkowski nearing a return
August 31, 2013, 1:00 am
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It sounds like good news for fans of big-time endzone spikes.

When the Patriots released Jake Ballard and Daniel Fells on Friday, they signaled that Rob Gronkowski is likely closer to returning than previously thought.

The move leaves the Patriots with only two tight ends, a position they likely wouldn't put themselves in if Gronkowski were going to miss more than a few weeks.

While it's highly unlikely that the big man would be ready to go in Week 1 against Buffalo, it's not beyond belief to think that he could be back for Week 4 against the Falcons.