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Rob Gronkowski tweets that CTE is 'fixable' in debate with BU CTE center co-founder Chris Nowinski

Rob Gronkowski tweets that CTE is 'fixable' in debate with BU CTE center co-founder Chris Nowinski

Rob Gronkowski has been unafraid to speak out about head injuries and CTE since his retirement. Recently, Gronk admitted that he had suffered at least 20 concussions during his football career. And recently, he breached the subject of CTE on Twitter.

Gronkowski tweeted a response to BU CTE Center co-founder, Chris Nowinski, who challenged Gronkowski's notion that CTE is "fixable".

In his response, Gronk doubled down and said that he had fixed his CTE.

Nowinski eventually would respond as well and offered Gronkowski a chance to discuss the "nuances" between brain plasticity and curing neurodegenerative diseases.

Given that Nowinski is a doctor, it's probably safe to take his word over Gronk's on this matter. As Nowinski pointed out in his response, it's great that Gronkowski is feeling good right now. But that doesn't necessarily mean that any neurodegenerative diseases he may possess have been cured.

Perhaps Gronkowski will take up Nowinski on his offer and the two can discuss ways to collaborate and work to find a cure for CTE.

UPDATE (3:20 p.m.): Now, Gronkowski is engaging with NFL Network's Mike Giardi over the issue. Gronk is clarifying that he does know that he didn't cure any CTE that he may have, but he found some "unconventional methods" to improve his condition.

Gronkowski did recently announce a partnership with a CBD company, so perhaps this is the unconventional method he is referencing.

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Rob Gronkowski gives most definitive answer yet about possible NFL return

Rob Gronkowski gives most definitive answer yet about possible NFL return

Rob Gronkowski wants to set the record straight, it seems.

The former New England Patriots tight end has alternately insisted he's not coming out of retirement and hinted he may come back at some point down the road.

But during Gronkowski's appearance Tuesday on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show," a caller asked him point-blank to give a "yes" or "no" answer about returning to the Patriots. And he chose the latter.

"I'll give an answer," Gronkowski said. "When I retired, I retired for a reason: because I needed to step away. So it would be a no. There it is."

So, how to explain him leaving the door open for an NFL comeback and dropping occasional bread crumbs?

"I never say no, because I've said no, and everyone's like, 'Yeah, he's kidding. He's coming back,' " Gronkowski said. "But it's a no. In my mind, that's how it is. It's a no."

The 30-year-old (ex) tight end, who made his FOX broadcast debut last week and also is a spokesman for a line of CBD-based medical products, claimed he doesn't miss playing football, even when his former team is playing.

"No, man. I'm very satisfied where I'm at," he said. "I say it all the time: I would have never left the game if I was going to be itching every single day. I've said that before, many times.

"I had those thoughts, too. 'Would I be missing it?' And I just knew that it needed to be done. I'm very satisfied where I'm at."

Gronkowski is entitled to change his mind, and if he loses interest in his business ventures or re-develops that "itch," maybe he'll return to the field one day.

But as of October 15, 2019, Rob Gronkowski has no intentions of coming out of retirement.

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Tom Brady pleads ignorance on Ben Watson's expected return to Patriots

Tom Brady pleads ignorance on Ben Watson's expected return to Patriots

Tom Brady isn't counting his chickens before they hatch.

The New England Patriots reportedly are expected to re-sign tight end Ben Watson after releasing him last week, which would give Brady a veteran target in a thin position group.

But when Westwood One's Jim Gray asked Brady how he feels about Watson's return Monday night, the Patriots quarterback pleaded the fifth.

"I don't know if that's true or not. I haven't heard anything," Brady told Gray. "I'm kind of proceeding as usual. I don't know what the status of those positions are."

Brady seemed upset by Watson's initial release last week, telling reporters he'll miss the 38-year-old tight end and adding, "Whoever's out there, that's who I gotta play with."

The two formed a bond during Watson's six-year stint in New England from 2004 to 2009, so it's hard to imagine Brady is completely oblivious to his tight end's expected return.

But the Patriots' personnel department has been very active lately -- they reportedly worked out a wide receiver and a cornerback and plan to sign another tight end in Eric Tomlinson -- so perhaps Brady just wants to let the dust settle.

"It's a lot of moving parts at this time of year," Brady added. "There's a lot of workouts that are taking place. New players coming in and working out for our team, working out for every team."

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