Belichick: No setbacks for Gronkowski

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday that star tight end Rob Gronkowski came through his first Super Bowl practice fine after testing his sprained left ankle.

"I think he was OK this [Friday] morning. Yeah, I think he was OK," Belichick said. "I don't think we had any setbacks. We'll see how it goes out there [Friday] ... Rob's worked extremely hard. He's gotten treatment probably morning, noon and night, and he's gotten better on a daily basis."

He added, "Hopefully, we'll be able to continue that same progress [Friday], [Saturday] and all day Sunday, and we'll see where that takes us. But I think he's coming along. We'll just have to see where he gets to, but we're certainly moving in the right direction. He's getting better on a daily basis."

Gronkowski was described as "limited" in the official injury report after Thursday's practice, leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl XLVI against the Giants.

Asked to elaborate on what Gronkowski was able to do, Belichick replied, "He practiced on a limited basis. He did some of the things that we did in practice but not all of them."

He smiled and added, "Is that the elaboration you were looking for?"

Gronkowski had not been on the field since finishing the AFC Championship, in which he was injured Jan. 22.

He arrived in Indianapolis in a walking boot Sunday but had not been seen wearing it as of Tuesday's Media Day.

Gronkowski said Thursday that he does not have to be 100 percent healed to play in the game and that he will make the final call whether he is available Sunday.

The Patriots practice for the final time Friday afternoon.

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