INDIANAPOLIS — The condition of Rob Gronkowski’s injured left ankle remains Topic A in the buildup to Super Bowl XLVI, but in the relentless onslaught of questions, the Patriots’ All-Pro tight end continues to maintain his usual good nature.
He’s even mixing in some comedy.
Arriving at this morning’s Patriots media session at the University Place Conference Center, Gronkowski entered the room with an exaggerated limp (think a 6-foot-6-inch peg-legged pirate) before walking the last couple of steps normally while laughing at his own joke.
“Of course there is definitely frustration,” said Gronkowski, who suffered a high ankle sprain when he was tackled awkwardly by the Ravens’ Bernard Pollard in the AFC Championship game. “But I’m just worried about the things I can control. I’ve been getting healthier every day. I’m just listening to the coaches, doing the mental reps, and studying film on the Giants. You keep doing what you can do to improve every day.”
Gronkowski said he is improving — ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that he is expected to have limited participation in practice today — and also revealed some details about the process in getting him as healthy as possible for Sunday.
Gronkowski confirmed that a painkilling shot before the game is an option and that he will try out “devices” in an attempt to give the ankle extra support, including the possibility of a special cleat.
“I want to be out there. I’m anxious to be out there,”’ Gronkowski said. “My goal is to be out there and do everything I can. I want to put myself in the best situation, so when it comes to Sunday I will be in the best situation to play.”
He said he is receiving treatment multiple times daily — “basically, besides media, film, and bed, that’s what I’m doing.”
He doesn’t necessarily have to practice this week in order to dress Sunday, and that the final decision on his status is his.
In other words, barring any setbacks, he’ll be out there.
“I know how much pain I can tolerate,” Gronkowski said. “I will make the final call. I listen to the trainer’s advice, but it’s how I feel. I’m just trying to get better. The trainer has helped me get to a place where I need to be.
“It’s the Super Bowl. I’m doing everything I possible can to be out there. I want to be out there not matter what. I want to help out the team. I am doing everything possible to be out there. And we’ll just see on Sunday. I will try to go as much as possible.”