Rob Gronkowski cleared to practice

<p> New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to practice, coach Bill Belichick announced.</p> <p> Gronkowski tore his anterior cruciate ligament nearly eight months ago.</p> <p> Gronkowski won't be placed on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp.</p> <p> This is big news for the Patriots since Gronkowski has been dealing with a lot of injuries in recent years.</p> <p> Gronkowski appears to be on his way to a healthy start to the season.</p> <p> "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."</p> <p> Gronkowski has been limited to 18 games over the past two seasons.</p> <p> "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."</p> <p> Follow me on Twitter: <a href="">@RavensInsider</a></p> <p> Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun</p>
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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