New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is doing everything he can to get back on the field for Week 1 this fall after suffering a devastating torn ACL and MCL late in the 2013 season.
Gronkowski has been rehabbing from the season-ending knee injury he suffered in the Patriots' Dec. 8 win over the Browns, and with the regular season still a long way off, he isn't sure he'll meet his target of returning to action in the season opener.
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"Oh man, that's too far away. I'm just improving every day right now," Gronkowski said Tuesday on the "Hill-Man Show" on WAAF-FM, via ESPN's Mike Reiss. "I'm working hard every day to put myself in the best situation so that I'm ready."
Nearly fourth months removed from surgery, it sounds as if Gronkowski's injuries are healing as expected. That wasn't the case last offseason when the tight end experienced several setbacks in his recovery from multiple operations on his left forearm. He appeared in only seven games in 2013 before the knee injury.
Gronkowski told WAAF-FM that the rehab process is more about mental toughness than physical -- participating in 15 weeks of the same rehabilitation activity quickly becomes a grind.
New England opens its season on Sept. 7 on the road against the Miami Dolphins