Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski missed the preseason as he's continued rehabbing from his back surgery and has spent his time on the physcially unable to perform list, but it appears he won't start the regular season on it.
According to published reports the veteran tight end is off the PUP list and practiced in pads on Sunday for the first time, although his status for this week is uncertain.
The last time fans saw Gronkowski in an actual game was during his return against the Houston Texans during the postseason, when he came back after suffering a fractured forearm weeks earlier. Unfortunately he broke it yet again during that contest and that ended his comeback, and he suffered setbacks due to infections this offseason.
It's unlikely we'd see him this weekend considering this is first padded practice, but the fact he's back in practice is a big step in the right direction. Previous reports had estimated we may see him by week three agaisnt the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so today's news is certainly encouraging.
Needless to say it's a situation that we'll continue to watch, but hopefully fans will see #87 back on the field in the coming weeks.