Rob Gronkowski injury update: Patriots TE hopes for medical clearance soon


New England is hoping to see its star tight end on the field sooner rather than later.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is waiting to be medically cleared for a return to football, according to

On ESPN's Mike and Mike radio program Wednesday morning, Gronkowski gave an update on his condition:

"Right now, just rehabbing, getting the muscle stronger around it. You want to get everything activated, re-activated, because it shuts down for a little bit when it’s healing. Just rehabbing, and when my trainers give me the ‘good to go’, hopefully in the next couple weeks, hopefully as soon as possible ... I can get rolling again and get back in the weight room and get back on the field and do what I love doing – running around and catching some balls."

Gronkowski originally broke his forearm on an extra point against the Indianapolis Colts in November and was then out until the AFC Divisional Playoffs.

In that round against the Houston Texans, Gronkowski was injured again in the first quarter, re-breaking his forearm to put him out for the remainder of the season.

Gronkowski has been the most dominant tight end in the NFL over the past two seasons, scoring 28 touchdowns over that span. In 2011, Gronkowski set a record for tight ends with 17 scores, putting together perhaps the best season ever by anyone at the position, adding 90 catches and 1,327 yards.

Gronkowski is expected to be back for training camp, if not earlier for OTA's.

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