After ending each of his 2013 season with an injury, Gronkowski expects a return in time for the Pats season opener.
After playing in only 7 games in 2013 before his 2nd season ending injury in as many years, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is feeling confident that he can be fully recovered in time for the season to begin.
“I’m planning on playing the whole season this year,” Gronkowski told ESPN. “I’m just working with the trainers right now, improving every single day and whenever it starts up, whatever the trainers have, whatever the coaches have for me, whatever we feel comfortable with doing as much as possible every day that I can do.”
The Patriots will open their season at the Miami Dolphins on September 7th.
Gronkowski suffered a torn ACL after being hit by Brown Safety T.J. Ward on December 8th. He underwent surgery for the tear in January.
Gronkowski was named to the Pro Bowl in 2011 and 2012, and was named All-Pro in 2011 after setting a tight end record for TD receptions in a season.