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Zolak: Rob Gronkowski 'hasn't lifted' since retirement, feels like 'a different guy'

Zolak: Rob Gronkowski 'hasn't lifted' since retirement, feels like 'a different guy'

Will Rob Gronkowski return to the New England Patriots?

In the absence of any other news, that's been the main obsession of Patriots fans this summer. And Scott Zolak offered another clue Monday.

During Monday's episode of "Zolak & Bertand," Zolak shared some insights into Gronkowski's retirement workout regimen, courtesy of the ex-tight end's girlfriend, Camille Kostek.

"I talked to his girlfriend, Camille Kostek, down at that cheerleading thing. He hasn't lifted anymore," Zolak said, as aired on NBC Sports Boston. "And it's not like he hasn't lifted since he retired. She goes, 'He has not been putting weight on his back for a while now.' He's been doing the band training, and he feels like a different guy."

Gronk's appearance seems to confirm Zolak's intel, as the 30-year-old has looked considerably slimmed-down in his various public appearances this summer.

It makes sense why Gronkowski would avoid heavy lifting, too: He's had multiple back surgeries and dealt with a bulging disc in his back last season that may have played a role in his decision to retire. Gronk also has a good resistance band training regimen to follow in Tom Brady's "TB12 Method," which he adopted later in his Patriots career.

But would band training be enough to prepare Gronk for an NFL comeback, which he may or may not consider later this season? Zolak actually believes so, suggesting Gronk could add some traditional lifts to his current regimen some time in the fall to put on a few pounds and "get back into game shape."

Of course, this is all speculation, as Gronk seems determined to keep Patriots fans guessing about whether he's really done playing football.

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Patriots injury report: Tom Brady still limited with a calf issue

Patriots injury report: Tom Brady still limited with a calf issue

Tom Brady appeared on the Patriots injury report for the first time this season on Wednesday with an apparent calf injury, and was again limited Thursday as the Patriots continue to prepare for the visiting New York Jets. 

Phil Perry noted that Brady looked good during practice despite the calf issue, so limiting him throughout the week may just be a precaution. At this point in Brady's career, preparation is not something the Patriots coaching staff has to worry about with their franchise quarterback. 

Joining Brady in the "limited" section of the injury report are Caleb Benococh (calf), Marcus Cannon (shoulder) and Matt LaCosse (ankle). The Jets meanwhile, continue to suffer from the early-season injury bug.  Here's a full look at both the Patriots and Jets' injury reports: 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-0)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
Shilique Calhoun, LB Not Injury Related
James Develin, FB, Neck

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
Caleb Benenoch, OL, Calf
Tom Brady, QB, Calf
Marcus Cannon, OT, Shoulder
Matt LaCosse, TE, Ankle

NEW YORK JETS (0-2)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
Sam Darnold, QB, Illness
Jordan Jenkins, LB, Calf
C.J. Mosley, LB, Groin
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Hamstring/Knee
Quinnen Williams, DL, Ankle

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
Kelvin Beachum, OL, Ankle
Trenton Cannon RB, Ankle
Josh Bellamy, WR, Shoulder
Brian Poole, CB, Groin
Steve McLendon, DL, Hip
Rontez Miles, S, Hip
Brian Winters, OL, Shoulder

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Antonio Brown makes first public comments since joining Patriots

Antonio Brown makes first public comments since joining Patriots

On Thursday, Antonio Brown spoke with the media for the first time since he signed with the Patriots on Sept. 7.

The Patriots' star wide receiver addressed four questions related to how things are going so far in New England and his availability for the rest of the season.

“I’m super grateful to be here. I’m thankful to Bill Belichick and Tom Brady," Brown told reporters. "I’ve got a lot of the offense to learn and catch up, but I’m excited and grateful to be here and be a part of these guys.”

As for the availability part, Brown opted not to touch on those details.

Brown also gave a Belichickian answer when asked how deals with off-field distractions while focusing on football.

“Well, it’s football. I’m grateful to play football," he said. "Every time you walk in the doors here, you know to be the best for the team. So, every time I walk in here, I just want to make sure I’m preparing to give these guys my best."

The brief Q&A occurred on the same day Nike dropped their shoe deal with the 31-year-old.

On Wednesday, it was reported Brown won't face criminal charges from the Allegheny County DA for the sexual assault allegations against him due to a two-year statute of limitations.

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