Following Wednesday’s practice, Rob Gronkowski did not appear on the New England Patriots’ injury report for the first time this season. Gronkowski had been dealing with a lingering hamstring injury he initially tweaked during a 7-on-7 drill in a mid-August joint practice with the Chicago Bears.
Gronkowski missed the Patriots’ first two games of the season before making his 2016 debut in New England’s Thursday night drubbing of the Houston Texans on Sept. 22, although he only made 1 reception during his first two appearances of the season.
The pro bowl tight end has since totaled more than 100 yards receiving in each of New England’s last two games – the first two contests of Tom Brady’s season following his season-opening, four-game suspension — including a career-high 162-yard performance in the Patriots’ 35-17 runaway victory against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6.
“Every single week I just try and go out there and do the most I can. I’ve been doing everything now, so that’s why I’m off (the injury list),” Gronkowski told reporters on Thursday. “You just build it up over the weeks, over the days. It’s been now a week or two since I’ve been going full.”
With Gronkowski healthy, the Patriots offense has soared. New England is scoring 34 points per game with boty Brady and Gronk on the field this season.