Gronkowski at Patriots practice after concussion protocol

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But the tight end's quick return to practice certainly justifies the Patriots' optimism that characterized most Gronkowski reports since the AFC Championship Game.

The Patriots listed both Gronkowski and Wise as "Out" on Friday's projected injury report.

The Patriots went on to win the game 24-20, but Gronkowski is still in concussion protocol and is not yet cleared to practice this week for the Super Bowl next Sunday.

Gronkowski, 28, led the Patriots in receiving in the regular season with 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns. "Obviously it hurts when he's not out there for a lot of reasons, but he's doing the best he can do and we're all hopeful". "It's just a great attribute of his, always has been since he got here". Quarterback #Tom Brady and safety Devin McCourty were full participants in Friday's practice so they were removed from the injury report. He hasn't practiced yet since the AFC title game with an ankle injury.

New England will practice on Sunday before departing for Minnesota on Monday.

SportsBooks published Super Bowl 52's MVP odds and the Patriots QB was noted as the heavy odds-on favorite to pick up his National Football League record 5th Super Bowl MVP trophy. "Being a part of a couple of these losses, those are pretty tough to swallow, but I think you realize how much effort you have to put in to prepare".

However, he'll have another week to return as the Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

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