Pats may still preserve Gronkowski for playoffs

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Pats may still preserve Gronkowski for playoffs

FOXBORO - Rob Gronkowski is ready to play Sunday against the Dolphins.Whether or not he does play is a different story, according to a source. Saturday, I received word -- and reported --that the Patriots tight end, who's missed five games with a broken forearm, would play in a limited capacity in the regular-season finale. But Sunday, I was told that the initial plan to keep Gronk out of harm's way until the postseason may still be in effect.Gronkowski participated more extensively in practices this week and also met with the media, two signals that he would play. Bill Belichick said that Gronkowski's availability was a medical decision, not a coaching one. Of course, once a player moves from being a medical decision, it becomes a coaching call. We reported earlier in December that the Patriots would keep Gronk down until the playoffs. The decision on that, it seems, will be drawn out a bit.

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Rob Gronkowski appears to thoroughly enjoy himself at Daytona 500

Rob Gronkowski appears to thoroughly enjoy himself at Daytona 500

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski attended the Dayton 500 in true Gronkowski form.

He appeared to be there promoting Monster Energy drink, and was therefore hanging with the Monster Girls, who were also promoting the drink. Gronkowski's herniated disc injury, which required surgery in December 2016, does not seem to be slowing him down as he gets warmed up for the Summer of Gronk.

During the race coverage on FOX Sports, Gronk delivered a speed limit joke, which is sure to make the 13-year-old in you chuckle. (You can watch it here.)

[H/T NESN.com]