Patriots practice Friday: Rob Gronkowski in attendance again, no Will Svitek
|09.06.13 at 10:58 am ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots practiced in shorts and shells on the upper grass fields outside Gillette Stadium Friday morning. It was the final full practice before the Patriots open the season Sunday in Buffalo. The team will go through a light walkthrough on Saturday before leaving for Western New York.
Like Thursday, all players except offensive lineman Will Svitek were accounted for and on the field. Unlike Thursday, there was no sight of Rob Gronkowski or anyone else during practice, which usually includes red zone work on Friday. Gronkowski was running the field during warmups with the rest of the team. It was the fifth consecutive practice Gronkowski attended this week, as the team began practice on Sunday. The team practiced in pads on Sunday and Wednesday and shorts and shells on Monday, Thursday and Friday. Players were off on Tuesday.
Gronkowski, who was again listed as limited in practice Thursday, ran short pass routes with the first team offense on Thursday, catching a touchdown pass from Tom Brady with no defense on the field.
When asked Friday morning before practice, there was no indication from coach Bill Belichick as to whether Gronkowski will travel with the team on Saturday and be available on Sunday.
“I’d like to think that every player out there is making progress every day,” Belichick said. “I think we all are. That’s why we’re out there practicing.”
Is Gronkowski’s health improving?
“That’s a question you’d have to ask him,” Belichick said. “But as far as every one of our players goes, we’ll do the same thing we do every week, on Friday, or two days before the game. We’ll go out we’ll practice and based on how things go today and where those players, we’ll list them on the injury report the same way we do it every week. That’s the same for every player. That’s what it is.”
Does he have a legitimate chance to play?
“We’ll list every player based on what their condition and situation is at the end of Friday’s practice on a Sunday game. We’ll do the same thing every week. Based on what we know at that point in time, that’s how we’ll list them. That’s what we’re going to do today.”
As for Svitek, he has been absent all week with a right knee injury.