Patriots open season on September 7 on the road against Miami Dolphins.
New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski has revealed his knee is improving after recovering from surgery, but is unsure over a season opener return.
The 24-year-old is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL sustained on December 8, and after undergoing the procedure on January 9, he is making steady progress but is eager to avoid setting himself a timeline.
Gronkowski waited a month after the injury to undergo the surgery in order for his MCL, which was also torn, to heal, and after various setbacks last off-season with his left forearm, the Patriots star is merely hoping to remain healthy and on schedule.
“Oh man, that’s too far away. I’m just improving every day right now,” Gronkowski said Tuesday on the “Hill-Man Show” on WAAF-FM as reported by ESPN.
“I’m working hard every day to put myself in the best situation so that I’m ready.”
New England open the new season on September 7 with a trip to the Miami Dolphins, and they will undoubtedly want to have their tight end back on the field as soon as possible provided that he has made a full recovery in his rehabilitation process.
“I’m actually improving every week. It’s feeling good and coming along very well.
“When it’s the same thing 15 weeks straight, it starts to get tough,” he said. “But you just have to stay mentally tough and stay physically strong and keep going in and keep grinding.”
Gronkowski joined his team-mates at Gillette Stadium for the voluntary off-season program which started on April 21, although he was predictably restricted in terms of engaging in full participation compared to the other players.