New England star still unclear is he will be cleared to play in week six.
Speculation has swirled around the immediate playing future of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkwoski as his side prepares to take on the New Orleans Saints this weekend.
However, the man himself says he is still listed as day-to-day as he continued to play his cards close to his chest when probed about his chances of playing this weekend.
“It’s basically nothing new,” Gronkowski said.
“I mean, I’m just working hard every week, working hard out at practice, and nothing’s changed, we’re day by day, like we’ve been from the very beginning.
“(I’m) really just taking it each day at a time and just trying to improve each day at a time. And that’s all.”
The star tight end has played no part in his team’s season to date after undergoing surgeries in the off-season for back and elbow complaints.
The “when he or won’t he return” nature of Gronkowski’s future has grown in the past fortnight, however, quarterback Tom Brady said the speculation is not bothering him or the rest of his teammates.
“We’ve kind of talked about it a lot the last five weeks,” Brady said. “If he’s there, he’s there. If he’s not, he’s not. We’re going to try to go win anyway,” he said.
The Patriots offence has struggled during the first five weeks of the no season, especially last weekend, when they suffered their first loss of the year 13-9 to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Brady and the Pats have had to deal not only with Gronkowski’s absence but also wide receiver Danny Amendola and top running backs Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley.
Ridley missed the Bengals game because of a knee issue, and Vereen (wrist) remains on the injured reserve list with the designation to return.