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Gronkowski is on schedule in his ACL rehab

Cleveland Browns v New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 8: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots reacts to an in jury in the 3rd quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Jim Rogash

As Rams coach Jeff Fisher observed at the Scouting Combine, every player who has surgery has a successful surgery, and his rehab is always ahead of schedule.

We’ve found an exception to the rule.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski reportedly isn’t ahead of schedule after tearing an ACL late in the 2013 regular season. According to Albert Breer of NFL Media, Gronkowski is merely on schedule.

Per Breer, Gronkowski is “right where he should be,” and he soon will start jogging.

Of course, with Gronkowski “right where he should be” could yield to a reality of protracted delays and reports of coaching-staff and/or teammate frustration. But it’s hard to blame Gronkowski for waiting until he’s truly 100 percent. In recent years, he’s become the NFL’s version of Cavity Sam, with ankle surgery, back surgery, and multiple forearm surgeries to go with a major knee surgery.

Gronk Watch surely will be one of the main story lines of 2014, especially if the Pats decide to activate him from the Physically Unable to Perform list before Week One, sparking an every-given-Sunday flurry of reports on whether this Sunday will be the Sunday in which he plays.