Gronkowski: Game day status still up in the air, but 'satisfied' with improvement

Gronkowski: Game day status still up in the air, but 'satisfied' with improvement

FOXBORO -- Rob Gronkowski has missed his team's first two regular-season games, and he won't commit to playing in the third Thursday night against the Texans. But he is "satisfied" with how his injured hamstring is progressing.

"Feeling decent," Gronkowski said on Tuesday. "Yeah we'll see. Definitely gonna be a coaches decision, trainers decision, we'll all come together. But [I'm] just doing everything I can right now to be as healthy as I can be. Improving every single day, and basically just day-by-day right now and taking it one day at a time." 

Gronkowski injured his hamstring on Aug. 15 in a joint practice with the Bears and he hhas been limited in practices during the regular season. In his absence, the team has leaned on tight end Martellus Bennett, who has played in 99 percent of the offensive snaps through two weeks.

"Feeling better every single day that goes on, every single week," Gronkowski said. "That's all I can ask for. Obviously you don't just wake up and you're 100 percent, but I'm improving every day. I'm satisfied with the improvements and every day getting better."

Gronkowski explained that it's been hard not being able to play on game days. He has maintained that if he could play, he would, and he said he was doing everything possible to make his return as quickly as possible. Especially with quarterback Tom Brady out, and now with fill-in starter Jimmy Garoppolo injured, the return of their All-Pro tight end would be a boon for the Patriots offense.

"It's super tough watching your guys," he said. "They work hard, they work super hard every single week. It's tough not to be out there with them, but I'm doing everything I can to be out there as soon as possible.

"We'll see when it is. But just gotta keep on working. It's great just to see the boys around here, the guys, the team, work hard every single day and as much as I can do with them, it's great."

Gronkowski had a light moment early in today's practice when he was the only player to walk onto the field in full pads. After a quick conversation, coach Bill Belichick told Gronkowski that he was not allowed to wear the pads, and Gronkowski took them off and tossed them aside.

"I havent been in full pads for a while," Gronkowski said with a laugh. "I kind of felt like I wanted to get used to it. Full pads is different. It feels different than having nothing on. That's part of the training process. Obviously I wasn't allowed to wear them. I just had to take them off. Really no big deal. I just like to feel it. You want to just get the feel of your shoulder pads when you haven't been in them that much."

Former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead announces retirement

Former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead announces retirement

Former Patriots running back Danny Woodhead has announced his retirement after 10 years in the NFL.

The 33-year-old took to Instagram to make it official.

10 years! Wow, God had crazy plans for a small little kid from North Platte, NE! It’s been a wild ride and feel so blessed He allowed me to do what I loved for so long. But now it’s time to say goodbye to the game I love. First, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Without Him my career wouldn’t have been possible. He blessed me with the gifts and He paved the way. All I had to do was follow His plans for my life, and His plans were crazy awesome! Next, I want to thank my wife who has been by my side since freshman year of high school. She has been a rock through all the ups and downs. Sis, Willy, Mae Mae, and Hopie your daddy is going to be home a ton more and I can’t wait! Thanks to my Dad and Mom for always supporting me and showing me that God is first, then everything else will fall into place. Ben, Joel, and Anna thanks for preparing me for the NFL in our backyard games growing up. The dreaded in-laws Steve and Suzie for always being there for me. Chris Gittings (agent) you’re the best and thankful your my brother/uncle! Thank you Jets, Patriots, Chargers, and Ravens! Thanks to all my head coaches (Bob Zohner, Brad Smith, Bill O’Boyle, Eric Mangini, Rex Ryan, Bill Belichick, Mike McCoy, and John Harbaugh) who believed in me! To my rbs coaches (coach skiles, coach reiners, Jimmy Raye, A Lynn, Ivan, Ollie, Ridge, and Thomas) thanks for putting up with me. Thanks to all my teammates from high school till now. Without you guys I never would’ve become who I was as a player. To all my olinemen, you guys deserve the credit for anything that I received credit for. I thank you for helping make my career. To all the trainers, team docs, strength coaches, chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, body gurus thanks for making sure I was on the field. To all the people who made my life easier at the facility (ops, pr, equipment staff, cafe workers, custodians) thanks and your work doesn’t go unnoticed. And how could i forget all my fans?! You’re the best and have always felt the love and support! I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few but know that I’m thankful for everything everyone has done on my journey.

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Thursday, it was reported the Patriots reached out to Woodhead for a possible reunion. 

The last two seasons have been challenging for him, as he dealt with season-ending injuries in both 2016 with the Chargers and 2017 with the Ravens.

Woodhead finishes his career with 2,238 yards rushing, 2,698 yards receiving, 15 rushing touchdowns and 17 receiving touchdowns.


NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: C's win despite injuries, Pats make additions

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: C's win despite injuries, Pats make additions

1:20 - Despite throwing a depleted roster out there, the Celtics were able to get back in the win column vs. the Magic. Michael Holley and Tommy Heinsohn break down the win.

6:17 - Finally, the Patriots have done something! On Friday night it was reported that New England signed defensive end Adrian Clayborn as well as running back Jeremy Hill. Tom Curran, Alex Giaimo and Ben Volin discuss the impact these additions will have on the team.

11:05 - While the Celtics were able to pull out the win on Friday, the team did announce that Marcus Smart is expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing thumb surgery. A. Sherrod Blakely expresses his optimism on Smart’s return for the playoffs.