FOXBOROUGH – Agent Drew Rosenhaus sent text messages to several national NFL reporters on Friday morning, saying that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has been cleared by all of his doctors to play this Sunday against the Jets.
On a Miami radio show Thursday morning, Rosenhaus hinted that Gronkowski might finally be ready to play, saying, "hopefully he'll be back soon, maybe even this weekend." But it seems Gronkowski's status has been "maybe this weekend" for a month, so it really wasn't anything new to hear that.
As is well known by now, Gronkowski has undergone four surgeries on his left forearm since breaking it against the Colts last November, and he also underwent back surgery in June. Renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews was brought in as a consulting doctor recently, and Rosenhaus said this week that Gronkowski wouldn't play until Andrews cleared him.
Bill Belichick was asked about the Gronkowski reports while at the podium on Friday, but the coach would not confirm the reports, only saying that the team would release their injury report at the end of the day.