Gronkowski may wear special cleat

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said Wednesday that he and the team are looking into the possibility of fitting him with a special cleat to protect his high left ankle sprain and increase his chances of playing in Sunday's Super Bowl against the New York Giants.

Gronkowski suffered the injury against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game. Although he returned to finish the game, he has not practiced since that time. He sat out again Wednesday.

The special cleat would presumably be something like what Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wore after he suffered a high ankle sprain in December against Cleveland. Roethlisberger only missed one game from that point, although his play was far less effective after he suffered the injury.

Gronkowski had shed his protective walking boot on Tuesday for Super Bowl media day.

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