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Gronkowski misses Patriots practice Wednesday

Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:07 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 5:54 pm
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By Ryan Wilson

Update (5:50 p.m. ET): On Wednesday morning Belichick talked about what Gronkowski might be able to do in practice later in the day. We now know that answer: nothing. The Patriots sent out a practice report around 5:45 on Wednesday afternoon and Gronkowski was listed as did not participate.

Gronkowski now has two more chances to get on the field and see how his ankle responds in practice. If he can't even do that, it's going to make for a tough decision as to whether or not he can even contribute on Sunday during the Super Bowl.

INDIANAPOLIS -- It's hump day at Super Bowl week and head coach Bill Belichick continues to be in a good mood. In fact, his demeanor has been a storyline since the Patriots arrived. During Tuesday's Media Day session, wide receiver Wes Welker attributed it to the "lady in [Belichick's] life."

Whatever the reason, New England's head coach seems at ease four days out from the final game of the 2011 season.

During his Wednesday morning press conference, Belichick spoke on tight Rob Gronkowski, who continues to recover from a high-ankle sprain he suffered during the AFC Championship game. ("Rob's getting better … we're taking it day to day. … We'll see what he can do today [at practice] and go from there.") 

Belichick was also asked about the Giants' front four, a group that terrorized Brady earlier this year and did the same when New York upset New England in Super Bowl XLII.

"Those inside guys can really knock the line of scrimmage back," he said. "Their ends are a good combo of size and speed (and) I don't know if anybody can play like the Giants play -- they're so good."

Brady knows this too. Some Giants players have said that Brady can be rattled, and he might be more cognizant of pressure -- and it could affect the way he plays -- after having reconstructive knee surgery early in the 2008 season.

"It wouldn't be the Super Bowl if they (the Giants defense) weren't trying to knock me down or knock me out … but our offensive line gets paid too," Brady said. "We're going to try to eliminate (bad throws) … we had too many of those last time (against the Ravens). We're not going to be able to win the game playing like that."


Other notes from Wednesday's press conference…

-- Brady was asked about Chad Ochocinco, who was acquired just before training camp to give the Patriots a deep threat. Instead, he had just 15 catches and one touchdown in the regular season. He played a single snap against the Broncos in the Divisional playoff game and was inactive a week later against the Ravens in the conference championship. (Ochocinco missed practice time leading up to that game to attend his father's funeral.)

"Chad has worked hard everyday … and I've really loved having Chad on this team," Brady said. "He still has that childlike quality in terms of his enthusiasm for the game." And while Ochocinco's season hasn't gone well, Brady said that the former Pro Bowl wideout is still "willing to do whatever it takes to win."

-- Belichick was also asked about Julian Edelman, the college quarterback and former seventh-round pick who now plays just about every position but quarterback in New England.

"We saw Edelman as a good athlete at Kent State," Belichick said … "We didn't really think he was a quarterback but tough, quick, good with the ball in his hands with a desire to improve. … It's been a big transition for him (as both a returner and a slot receiver) … and we got in some injury situations and his skills as a slot receiver transferred into what we ask of our slot corners."

Belichick called Edelman "a smart guy" who's taken "a lot of plays in practice on both sides of the ball."

-- Brady may have said he "sucked" following the Ravens game but Belichick sounded unconcerned Wednesday. "I think Tom does a good job in his preparation every week. … He's one of our hardest workers. I meet with Tom at the beginning of the week and he's always seen as much (game film) or more than i have."

-- Belichick saved his best for last. He was asked about comments by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who said he was embarrassed by the NFC's effort in last weekend's Pro Bowl (the AFC won, 59-41).

"What I'm going to say probably shouldn't be what I should say to that question so I'm going to let it go," Belichick said as he fought back a smile. "What it was and what it is now … it's a lot different," he added before leaving the podium.

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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:30 pm

Gronkowski misses Patriots practice Wednesday

Spoken like a true hater that has no clue.  OOOOPS, Gronkowski practiced today.  Seems like you're celebrating a little pre-maturely, just like some of the Giants players.  How much is it going to go in your "ear" sideways when the Patriots win the superbowl?  I won't say what a sorry loser someone has to be to take satisfaction in palyers being injured.  Enjoy your aging, fading defense and you're quarterback that will never be anything more than adequate.  

Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 12:25 pm
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Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:42 am

Gronkowski misses Patriots practice Wednesday

I loved all the haters from beantown, being upset with Pollard because of taking Brady and a reciever out in previous games, explaining how Gronkowski will steam roll him into the endzone 2 or three times.  UHHHH,  didnt see THAT!  OOPS!  Took another player down?  WHAT?   OH NO!  WHO?    THE GRONK?!  Hate to tell you bandwagoneers, but high ankle sprains dont heal in 2 weeks.   Bye Bye.  Who's Belichick kidding?  You guys, thats who.

Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:36 am

Gronkowski misses Patriots practice Wednesday

Love The Gronk, But we have to win with or without hiim. Its up to the football gods if he plays or not !!

No, its up to whether or not the doctors think its a good idea for him to play, and if he can turn at speed on his bad ankle. 

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:13 am

Gronkowski misses Patriots practice Wednesday

Gronkowski is a huge part of the Patriots offense and this team is already a one-sided team with significant defensive deficiencies. Brady is awesome, but great quarterbacks do not win games all by themselves - see Rodgers, Brees, and historically, Eli's brother. The Giants are just too balanced and too complete of a football team for the one-sided and, now limping offense of the Pats. Only if Brady has the game of his life can New England win this game, and without his go-to guy, it looks really unlikely that will happen.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:57 am

Gronkowski misses Patriots practice Wednesday

Love The Gronk, But we have to win with or without hiim. Its up to the football gods if he plays or not !!

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:45 am

Gronkowski misses Patriots practice Wednesday

Please Dude,Come on Now. The Patriots are and always will be a rag tag team of football enthusiast whom just love to play. If the Gronk is out there are 7 other players just Drooling to take his Place. The gronk dosnt make the team, The team makes the gronk. Always remeber it is a team sport...

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 1:15 am

Gronkowski misses Patriots practice Wednesday

No way he doesn't play. Even if he can just block. New England will b erunning 3 TE sets.

Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 12:53 am
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Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:35 pm

Gronkowski misses Patriots practice Wednesday

The Patriots will not recover from this loss.  He is the constant to that offense.  He is Brady's west coast primary threat.  Hernandez is good and I like his size, but now the Giants can focus solely on him in the middle.  He dropped alot of balls in the AFC champ game too.  There is no real deep threat on this team, so the west coast offense is built on shorter passes and losing the top target to that mix will be devasting.  Without the pass they cannot run.  Can welker, edelman, hernandez, branch, ocho carry the load???  Probably not....Giants 27- Patriots 20.

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