Exactly 11 months to the day after breaking his forearm, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is finally cleared to play. This, according to a text message from his agent Drew Rosenhaus to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio Friday morning.
“Rob has now been cleared by all his doctors to play Sunday in the Jets game,” Rosenhaus said via text message.
Gronkowski first broke the forearm November 18 against the Indianapolis Colts. Instead of allowing the bone to heal naturally, Gronkowski and team doctor Thomas Gill decided to insert a plate in an effort to speed the recovery, a fairly procedure for such injuries.
Gronkowski returned to the field in December and re-broke the bone two games later. The break then developed an infection, ultimately requiring three additional surgeries, the last of which took place in May.
Patriots team doctors have already cleared Gronkowski to play but a report from WEEI last Friday said the tight end’s camp has “serious concern” regarding Gill’s handling of the initial forearm surgery.
As a result, the Patriots agreed to allow a team of doctors picked by Gronkowski’s camp to evaluate their 24-year-old star and make the final decision on when he is fit to return.
That decision, according to Rosenhaus, has finally been made. In his Friday press conference head coach Bill Belichick refused to comment on the Pro Football Talk report, stating only that, “We'll list the injuries at the end of the day like we always do on Friday.”
Gronkowski has been practicing with the team for weeks now and according to the Friday practice report is officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. Reports are that he has looked terrific in practice so it stands to reason he is likely to make his season debut Sunday.