After visiting Patriots camp, Greg Bedard of The MMQB notes that TE Rob Gronkowski was "favoring his right knee" and ran with a "decent but not terrible limp."
Even with a hitch in his gait, Gronk can be one of the league's most productive tight ends. But is it worth the risk to rush back before his body is ready?
Breer still believes Gronkowski will play in Week 1 but concedes the decision will likely go "down to the wire."
Gronkowski has been hugely productive when healthy, but his health is still a concern heading into the 2014 season. He reportedly had surgery on Jan. 9 to reconstruct a torn ACL. It typically takes a full year to recover, though Adrian Peterson and Robert Griffin III have made quicker returns (with varying success). Given the news that he avoided preseason PUP, Gronkowski is tentatively expected to be ready for the start of the season, but this report of a 'decent' limp is not encouraging.