The Patriots star TE Rob Gronkowski has not seen an NFL field in months, but intends to start week 1 against the Dolphins.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski missed nearly half of the 2013 regular season and the entire 2014 preseason as he recovers from a multitude of surgeries, but says he will ready to play in Sunday’s opener against the Dolphins.
“Super excited. Super pumped,” Gronkowski said, via Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com. “I feel mentally and physically ready, for sure.”
Gronkowski added that he won’t be playing every snap, saying that he hopes to get his “feet wet” against Miami before taking on a bigger role in the coming weeks.
Gronkowski’s injury history has been extensive in the last two seasons: back injuries, multiple knee injuries, among other various limb injuries from his high-impact playing style. He has missed 14 games in the last two seasons, but still made the Pro Bowl in 2012.
In 2013, despite playing only 7 games, Gronkowski was 3rd on the Patriots in receiving yards and tied for second in receiving TDs. His 15.2 yards/reception were the most among Patriots receivers, and 21st in the league.