By Evans Clinchy
February 02, 2012

For most of the week and a half since the New England Patriots advanced to Super Bowl XLVI, those in the Pats' camp have been cautiously optimistic about Rob Gronkowski and his injured ankle -- he'll probably be play, but he may not be 100 percent. Now, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, we have more definitive answers.

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Gronkowski and the Patriots had been playing coy all week about whether the young tight end would practice at all in the days leading up to the big game; now it appears he will. As for the game, it was assumed all along that he'd find a way to play, and our assumptions are now confirmed.

The second-year tight end left in the third quarter of the Pats' 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens in last Sunday’s AFC Championship game. He had to be helped off the field by team trainers, favoring his left ankle.

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