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Hernandez: Gronkowski will be 'fine to play'

Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:29 am
Gronk got a question or two about his ankle Thursday. (Will Brinson,
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Rob Gronkowski sat at Thursday's media session and answered questions about his ankle for an hour. Of course, so did everyone else -- the redundancy of the questions wasn't just limited to the Patriots tight end, whose ankle has become the singular dead-horse storyline of this Super Bowl week.

When he finally got done, he stood up and faked a pronounced, heavy limp as he left the room. It was a funny moment, but it's not indicative of his health. Prior to the media session, I spotted Gronk at the players end of the hallway, waiting to walk down for interviews and he was joking around with his teammates and strutting in short bursts.

Gronk wasn't the only one being inundated with questions about his ankle: fellow tight end Aaron Hernandez

"Everybody else will just have to step up, but I’m sure he’ll be fine to play," Hernandez said when asked about a gameplan for Sunday if Gronk can't play.

Did Hernandez slip up and reveal something? Maybe -- he used the exact same phrase a few minutes later when asked if he was sick of hearing about his teammate's ankle.

"I’m sure he’ll be fine," Hernandez said. "I was expecting these questions because when probably the top player on your team besides Tom Brady is injured, it is a big thing."

Gronkowski was a little more forthcoming when asked if he's getting tired of spending a half-hour each morning talking about his ankle.

"A little bit," Gronkowski said, laughing.

It's good news for the Patriots, though, because Gronkowski's ankle is all anyone's talking about this week. Revenge? Pssh. No time to talk revenge when there's a need to ask about Gronk's ankle over and over again.

In a constant battle between two nearly dead horses, the concern in Indy over Peyton Manning's future is slightly more important than the concern over Gronkowski's ankle.

But only slightly; Gronk's injury might have taken the lead Thursday morning when someone asked him -- this really happened -- if his other ankle was jealous. Welcome to the Super Bowl, GronkNation.

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Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:37 am

Hernandez: Gronkowski will be 'fine to play'

I believe its a high ankle sprain. Much differnt than lower sprain. Some guys are out 2-4 weeks with high ankle sprain.  cant wait to see what happens with him come Sunday! 

Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:55 am

Hernandez: Gronkowski will be 'fine to play'

One wrap-up tackle on that ankle and his effectiveness will be gone.

There is no dought that the G-Men are gonne try to hurt GRONK. If anybody thinks different there crazy. But he wont be as good no matter what with that ankle. But he can still be effective. And with this Beast of a player who knows.

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:31 pm

Manning Not Done After all

Sources: Peyton Manning cleared

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has been medically cleared by two doctors, including Dr. Robert Watkins, who performed the most recent surgery on the quarterback's neck, to resume his NFL career, sources told Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter of ESPN.

So much for all the crud the CBS's NFL insiders were spewing out earlier week about his career being done. He still may never be Peyton-like again, but CBS reported he was flat out done, headed for the scrap heap.

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 5:17 pm

Hernandez: Gronkowski will be 'fine to play'

Madonna is calling the Gronk out!  Man oh man this is getting too good!  If he don't play he is gonna look like such a wuss.  Cmon Gronk, if Big Ben can play on a severe high ankle sprain in a regular season game, you certainly can in the Super Bowl.  Don't tick Madonna off. :)))))

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 3:43 pm

Hernandez: Gronkowski will be 'fine to play'

Not sure what his treatment is like but he should be using deer antler stax from velox labs...I started using it when i turned 40 and its been great for recovery....GO PATS! 

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 3:21 pm

Hernandez: Gronkowski will be 'fine to play'

certainley hope so, we need you Gronk

Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:31 pm

Hernandez: Gronkowski will be 'fine to play'

It's a non-issue to the Giants because of common sense. They will only hurt the Patriots putting a badly injurred player out there. They risk too much putting him out there, including a turnover, or disheartenin, and demoralizing your own team should he go down again, which there is a high percentage chance of happening. All elementary, but the turnover could be the difference in the game. Even if he plays hurt, like everyone says, how effective will he be ? It doesn't matter because even at 100 percent effectiveness people are not getting it done against this Giants D.This Defense is a different Beast than the one in the begginning, at Christmas, aginst the Packers, and against the Niners because they keep getting stronger. This game will be a competition amongst the Giants about who gets to Brady first, and who makes the biggest, loudest,baudiest plays on D. How the D goes, so go the Giants. One play. Is all I can say about Gronk if he does. One play.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:31 pm

Hernandez: Gronkowski will be 'fine to play'

Im sure Gronk will try and give it a Go.. However, his ankle is far from FINE or he would of practiced already.. Tomorrow will be tellingif he gets out on the field or will Pats just play him without getting any on Field gameplanning/practice.

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:30 pm

Hernandez: Gronkowski will be 'fine to play'

Has the Patriots come out and said it is a high ankle sprain officially?  It seems like alot of speculation and the truth won't be known until Sunday.  So with that said we'll have to wait and see on Sunday.  The fact that he is walking around is a good sign even though he is not practicing because you want him on the field Sunday.Cool

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 1:33 pm

Hernandez: Gronkowski will be 'fine to play'

Gronk & Hernandez one of the best TE tandems in the league!

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