Rob Gronkowski: ‘I’m not going to just make a decision [to return] by myself’
|10.17.13 at 1:30 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Rob Gronkowski made one thing perfectly clear Thursday. Whenever he returns, it will be a group decision.
Gronkowski said when he does return it will be a decision made in conjunction with the team’s medical staff and coach Bill Belichick.
“It’s basically myself, the doctors and just talking with the coaches, especially coach Belichick to see how everything is going. We talk all the time on how everything is going. Me and him have been on the same page the whole time, ever since the beginning and the decision will be made eventually.”
Gronkowski was wearing a black jersey in practice, handed out to players who stand out for their work during the week of preparation. His locker mate Matthew Mulligan was also wearing one.
Gronkowski was asked if he would be back on the field if the decision to return was his alone.
“I wouldn’t say that because you have to go through the process of asking the doctors and everything,” Gronkowski said. “So, I’m not just going to make a decision by myself. That’s why you have a whole organization to work together.”
As for his agent – Drew Rosenhaus – going on WQAM Radio in Miami and saying that the tight end has yet to be cleared, Gronkowski referred all questions to his coach.
“Gotta ask coach, coach Belichick on that one. He’ll know,” Gronkowski said.
Gronkowski said, in general, nothing has changed about the status of his left forearm.
“No, nothing. Just improving every week. That’s all, really. Like I said, nothing’s changed, man. The thing that has improved is that I’m improving every week and that’s good,” he said. “Just out there on the practice field, seeing how everything goes and that’s all.”
Is he tired of questions?
“Yeah. Yeah, for sure. It’s the same thing every week. Nothing’s changed. I’m day-to-day. Just working hard, that’s what I do, I work hard, rehabbing hard, practice hard. That’s all,” he said with a smile. “Obviously, I want to be out there. I love the game of football. I love playing. I love playing the game. It’s great being out there with my teammates, practicing out there, getting on the same page, getting the chemistry down and we’ll see.
“You have to be strong there, strong mentality. I believe that’s what I’ve got. When my number is called and when I’m ready to go, I’m going to be out there rolling like I have been before. So, I can’t wait and I’m excited whenever.”