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Super Bowl 2012: Rob Gronkowski is Belichick-ian about injured ankle

View Photo Gallery: Rob Gronkowski is a Patriot through and through. (Mark Humphrey/AP)

Rob Gronkowski’s injured left ankle kept him out of practice last week and in a walking boot.

A boot-less Gronkowski fielded questions during Tuesday’s Super Bowl Media Day, and not surprisingly, many dealt with the high ankle sprain he suffered during New England’s AFC championship game victory over Baltimore.

But if the reporters on hand expected the Patriots’ top receiver to provide an actual update, they haven’t been covering Bill Belichick’s teams for very long.

“The game is six days away,” Gronkowski said. “I can be 100 percent by then or I can be 2 percent by then. It’s day to day.”

That’s the kind of cold-blooded coach’s speak they teach you on Day 1 in New England, and it does nothing to clarify his status for Sunday’s game.

That said, the fact that Gronk is out of the walking boot is a good sign for Patriots fans and quarterback Tom Brady, who threw an NFL record 17 touchdown passes to Gronkowski this season. Odds are, he’s playing.

Of course, maybe that’s just what Belichick wants the Giants to think...

More Super Bowl XLVI coverage from Washington Post Sports:

Patriots Media Day: Belichick, Brady, Gronkowski address the media

Giants Media Day: Manning and company take their turn at the mic

Sally Jenkins: Manning reveals a serious game face behind baby face

The League: If Patriots win, are Brady, Belichick the best ever?

Early Lead: Gronkowski misses practice with ankle injury

Giants’ wide receivers are a triple threat

Couch Slouch: The 2012 Super Bowl viewing guide

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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