Gronk Missing from Practice for a Second Straight Day

Pats' Gronkowski absent from practice for 2nd day
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By HOWARD ULMAN
AP Sports Writer
      FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Rob Gronkowski is absent from the New
England Patriots' practice for the second straight day with an
injured left ankle.

      WIVB-TV in Buffalo reported that his father, Gordy Gronkowski,
said he has a high ankle sprain. Rob Gronkowski attended
Williamsville North High School in the Buffalo area. The station
said his father expects him to be fine for the Super Bowl against
the New York Giants on Feb. 5.

      The Patriots have not disclosed the extent of the injury
      The tight end was the only player missing at the start of
Friday's practice while reporters were present.

      Gronkowski, whose 17 touchdown catches set an NFL single-season
record for tight ends, was injured late in the third quarter of
Sunday's 23-20 AFC championship victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

      
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