Lately, there hasn’t been a lot of certainty about Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s injury. The All-Pro tight end has had three surgeries on his right forearm over the past four months, one of them to clean an infection.
Gronkowski has broken the forearm two times. Mixing along with the uncertainty, is head coach Bill Belichick’s uncertainty of Gronkowski’s progression to getting ready for the 2013 NFL season. One thing that is certain, that when healthy, Gronkowski is a dangerous target on the gridiron. In his three seasons in the league, “Gronk” has had double-digit receiving touchdowns each year.
However, when Belichick was asked about Gronkowski on Tuesday, it seemed that the three time Super Bowl winning head coach answered with uncertainty and an occasional pause. Some pauses being rather long.
The first question about Gronkowski’s injury was asking Belichick if he believes his tight end is on a good track for training camp.
Belichick replied with: “Well, that’s a long way away,” Belichick said. “A lot of players have a lot of things to do between now and then. Coaches, for that matter, in terms of just getting ready for the season. I’m sure, hopefully, everyone will be working hard at it. We’ll see how it comes out.”
Belichick was then asked if he was happy with Gronkowski’s rehab. Belichick gave a long pause, and finally said: “With his rehab? I mean, again, I think every player has a process they go through to get ready for the offseason program and training camp.
Every player, or most every player, has to deal with some aspect of it, including the normal things like conditioning, overall training relative to their physical abilities and their position.” Another pause. “The program hasn’t started yet. When the program starts on April 15, we’ll have a lot better evaluation of where everybody is.” Another pause.
“There’s some limited information now, but I wouldn’t put too much on that at this point. I’d say in most cases, it’s pretty incomplete.”
At this time, no one really knows how the rehab is going for Gronkowski’s broken forearm. However, he was in New England last week getting his arm checked by the Patriots’ medical staff. When April 15th comes around, we will see how ready the three-year tight end is to being his effective self.