FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Rob Gronkowski says he no longer wants to discuss his health.
After making his season debut Sunday against the New York Jets,
catching eight passes for 114 yards in the Patriots' 30-27 overtime
loss, Gronkowski finally is ready to put behind him all those questions
he was asked about injuries and timetables.
''You always get the
jitters the first game back and everything. It's just football now,'' he
said. ''This is my fourth year. I've got to just go out there and do
what I've got to do, listen to the coaches, listen to the players and
just practice to the best of my ability so I can be ready for Sunday,
and keep a rhythm going every single week.''
Gronkowski missed the
first six games of the season following surgeries on his back and
broken left forearm, but made an immediate impact against the Jets. He
was targeted a team-high 17 times and nearly made a spectacular
one-handed grab that likely would have led to a touchdown.
He said Wednesday he was a bit tired during his first substantial game action since Dec. 30.
''Just every week, out at the practice field just trying to improve
my game, and by improving your game it's improving your condition,
improving your strength, improving your routes, improving your
blocking,'' Gronkowski said. ''Every week just going out there working
hard, working to the best of my ability to get where I need to be for
Gronkowski sported a large, black brace along most of his left arm Sunday and said he plans to wear it for the entire season.
wear it in practice. Got to get used to it,'' he said. ''It's second
nature. The brace is there and I'm used to it, so it's cool.''
Tom Brady clearly looked in Gronkowski's direction more than his other
receivers Sunday, and was asked Wednesday about the potential dangers of
''You've got to be able to spread it around, there's no
question about that,'' Brady said. ''It just happens to be if a guy is a
particular read on a play and he is open, you let it rip, whoever it
''Gronk, when he is on the field, he is obviously a part of
the reads. Whether he is the first read, the second read or the third
read, it depends on the play and the coverage. Usually with me, the ball
goes where the coverage dictates it to go for the most part. I just try
to read it out and do the best I can making the read and making the