New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski is upbeat about his chances of playing the entire season following an injury-plagued season, including being ready for the season-opener.
Gronkowski had surgery to repair a torn right anterior cruciate ligament in January.
"I'm planning on playing the whole season this year," Gronkowski told ESPN Boston.
The Patriots' first game is against the Miami Dolphins.
"I'm always antsy to get back on the field, no matter when it is," Gronkowski said. "I just want to play football. I love playing the game."
Gronkowski acknowleged that he wasn't sure if he would be ready for the start of training camp, when he might be placed on the physically unable to perform list.
"I don't know yet until I report, so I'll sit down with the coaches and training staff and we'll see," Gronkowski said. "I'm just working with the trainers right now, improving every single day and whenever it starts up, whatever the trainers have, whatever the coaches have for me, whatever we feel comfortable with [we'll be] doing as much as possible every day that I can do."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun