“I got the clearance, which feels good, and I’ll be ready to roll,” Gronkowski said.
He said he did well during Thursday’s practice after doctors lifted all limitations on practice-field contact.
“That’s part of passing the protocol,” he said. “Yes, we did contact and everything’s good … No problems. That’s how I got cleared. They definitely put you through that, see how you’re doing after. They just don’t clear you if you’re not doing well. Everything went smooth. Everything went well.”
Gronkowski left the AFC championship game after absorbing Church’s hit late in the first half and, under NFL rules, needed to receive medical clearance to return to play.
He spoke during the Patriots’ late-afternoon session with reporters at the Super Bowl media center.
“Going through the process, it’s not just relax and everything,” he said. “You’ve got to go through the process, seeing doctors. They’ve got brain exercises and stuff to get you back, to see how you’re feeling. So just doing stuff like that, getting myself better every single day. I was around the stadium with the boys, with the guys, watching film, seeing what I could do to get better, seeing what I could do to see something. I was prepared and just getting the body right, resting, and just doing it all so I’d be the best I can be on Sunday with my teammates.”
The Patriots are seeking their sixth Super Bowl title in eight appearances with Bill Belichick as their coach and Tom Brady as their quarterback. Having Gronkowski in the lineup bolsters their chances considerably.
“I’m happy to be back, definitely,” he said. “When you’re seeing the guys go through the process throughout the week, you’re at practice with them and everything. Whatever they’re part of, you just want to be part of it, too, just to feel like you’re doing everything with the team, just being together as a team, doing the media with the team. So it just feels good to be back into the swing of things with all my teammates out here. So it’s good.”
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