Rob Gronkowski cleared to play against Jets

October 18, 2013

(Stephan Savoia / AP)

The news came from his agent, not from the New England Patriots, but the team welcomes it just the same: tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play Sunday against the New York Jets.

Gronkowski, who is recovering from multiple arm surgeries and back surgery, has been seemed ready to go for weeks, but finally has gotten clearance from Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Jesse Jupiter, neither of whom are team doctors. Gronk’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, shared the information in response to inquiries about Gronkowski’s status from several media outlets.

The news typically comes from teams and team physicians, but not this time. Nor were the Patriots offering any information on Rosenhaus’ pronouncement.

Coach Bill Belichick would say only that the injury report would be released at the end of the day. Of course.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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