Rob Gronkowski said Monday that he’s been cleared to play in the New England Patriots’ opener Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
Gronk: “I’m ready to go. I’ll be playing.”
— shalise manza young (@shalisemyoung) September 1, 2014
Gronkowski underwent surgery on his torn right ACL Jan. 9 and returned to full-team drills for the first time on Aug. 18.
Gronkowski says he’s playing Sunday. “It’s gonna be an honor to be back out there with my teammates.” pic.twitter.com/5E6INBnuz9
— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) September 1, 2014
Gronkowski said he won’t be playing every snap but that he’s ready to return.
Aside from perhaps Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints, there is no more dominant tight end in football than Gronkowski.
Gronk racked up 90 receptions for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2011, which was his last full season. Unfortunately, remaining healthy has been a major issue as he has missed 14 regular-season games since the 2011 campaign.
With that said, he is still just 25 years of age and has plenty of productive seasons left if he can find a way to stay on the field.