Will Yoder
Tuesday January 31st, 2012

New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski was seen at media day this morning not wearing the protective boot on his injured ankle that he has worn since injuring himself in the AFC Championship, according to CBS Boston.

“I’m not really worried about if I’m not playing or not yet. That’s on Sunday,” Gronkowski told CBS Boston.

“The only thing I’m worried about is Tuesday. Just keep on moving forward, going in a positive direction, and that’s all that counts.”

Gronkowski’s status has been up in the air since he was helped off the field after an ankle injury in the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens in last Sunday’s AFC Championship game. The 22-year-old had to be helped by team trainers as he hopped off the field in pain. The Patriots went on to secure a 23-20 victory over the Ravens, ensuring their fifth Super Bowl appearance since 2001. The second-year tight end represents one of the Patriots biggest offensive weapons. This season he set an NFL record this season for touchdown receptions at his position. In 16 games he hauled in 90 receptions for 17 touchdowns and 1,327 yards.

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