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Rob Gronkowski cleared to practice

Tight end set to go Aaron Wilson

Print This July 23, 2014, 09:02 AM EST

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to practice, coach Bill Belichick announced.

Gronkowski tore his anterior cruciate ligament nearly eight months ago.

Gronkowski won't be placed on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp.

This is big news for the Patriots since Gronkowski has been dealing with a lot of injuries in recent years.

Gronkowski appears to be on his way to a healthy start to the season.

"He's been here," Bill Belichick said Wednesday at Gillette Stadium. "He's been cleared to play. Rob has always worked hard. He worked hard as a rookie, so he has always worked hard when he's here."

Gronkowski has been limited to 18 games over the past two seasons.

"It's a positive," guard Logan Mankins said. We were all hoping Gronk would have a good recovery and so far he has. We'll see how good he is and it's great to have. He's a big target for Tom [Brady] to have out there. Any time you can Gronk on the field, it's great."

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