The New England Patriots expect star tight end Rob Gronkowski to be ready for the first game of the regular season.

In an article posted on their official website, the Patriots predict he'll be ready for the first game.

Gronkowski is on the mend from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament suffered last December.

Gronkowski also dealt with back and arm injuries. He missed nine games last season and five games in 2012.

In 2011, he caught 90 passes for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns.

The questions surrounding Gronkowski, though, always center around his health, not his skills.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun