Belichick says no setbacks for Gronkowski
INDIANAPOLIS—Another practice, another day of progress for Rob Gronkowski.
The All-Pro tight end was listed as questionable for the New England Patriots for the Super Bowl against the New York Giants on Sunday after moving without a limp on Friday as the Patriots walked through their offensive plays.
Gronkowski practiced on a limited basis Thursday after being hurt 11 days earlier in the Patriots 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC championship game.
During the hour-long session Friday, players ran no faster than at a trot. Coach Bill Belichick said earlier Friday that Gronkowski had no setbacks after Thursday's practice, his first for the Super Bowl.
"He practiced yesterday. He didn't do anything today," Belichick said. "We'll see where he's at on Sunday, but hopefully (he'll play). I saw no setbacks. He's still making progress."
Belichick said Gronkowski has been getting treatment "morning, noon and night" and has improved every day.
The Patriots usually hold a walk through the day before a game but moved it up because they had extra time to practice earlier this week, Belichick said.
"I think we're ready to go," he said. "We've worked hard this week Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in practice, and we had good practices back (in Foxborough, Mass.) last week. We went through some mental-review things out there (Friday)."
The Patriots have no practice plans for Saturday when a team photograph will be taken at Lucas Oil Stadium, the site of Sunday's game.
"We'll have meetings and we'll do some reminders and things like that in our hotel but we're not going to actually practice," Belichick said.
The other 10 players listed as questionable were wide receiver Wes Welker, tackles Sebastian Vollmer and Marcus Cannon, guard Logan Mankins, tackle Kyle Love, linebackers Brandon Spikes, Rob Ninkovich, Dane Fletcher and Tracy White and safety Patrick Chung. All are expected to play.
The five players listed as probable were wide receivers Deion Branch and Matthew Slater, tackle Matt Light, center Dan Connolly and safety James Ihedigbo.