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Rob Gronkowski says he plans to play all 16 regular season games

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski participated in 11-on-11 drills Monday for the first time this season. After practice, he said he has had no setbacks and plans to play in all 16 of New England's regular season games, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston

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Gronkowski had surgery in January to repair a torn ACL. Injuries to his knee, back and forearm have limited the 25-year-old to just 18 games in the past two seasons combined.  In 2011, Gronkowski set records for most receiving yards (1,327) and touchdowns (17) by a tight end in a season.

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The tight end will not play in the Patriots' two remaining preseason games, and according to ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio, the chances he plays in Week 1 are about 50-50.

Gronkowski averaged 84.6 receiving yards in seven games last season. An arm injury kept him out until Week 7, and then he played until he tore his ACL in Week 14.

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