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Rob Gronkowski doesn’t think he returned too soon

Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) and quarterback Tom Brady, right, line up for a play during the first half of an AFC divisional playoff NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)


Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is making the rounds in New Orleans this week with a big black cast on his left arm, the result of the arm he suffered in the playoff opener against the Texans.

It was the second time he broke the arm this season and Gronkowski admitted Thursday that he didn’t feel all that comfortable with the arm when he returned to action against the Dolphins in the final week of the regular season. That doesn’t mean Gronkowski thinks he returned too soon, however.

“I couldn’t really tell you if it was healed or not. It felt good. Just going into the playoff game I felt ready, I felt confident about it. Like I said, it was just a freak accident. It didn’t go the way I planned. It broke in a different spot. It just happened. Obviously I wasn’t planning on that,” Gronkowski said during an interview with WEEI. “If the doctors didn’t clear me and they said it wasn’t smart to play in the Miami game, then I wouldn’t have. But the doctors cleared me and they said I was good to go. Obviously I want to be out there whenever I can get out there. So, right when they said I was cleared, I was definitely ready to go.”

Gronkowski said there’s no rush to do anything while waiting for the arm to heal, a process that should leave him ready to work this spring and will certainly have him ready for training camp this summer.