New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is not participating in joint practices with the Washington Redskins, which kicked off Monday morning.
Gronkowski has taken part in only individual drills through the first eight practices of training camp, and with joint practices featuring more full-team work against Washington, it likely explains Gronkowski's absence.
Gronk did take part in some team drills according to reports, however it wasn't in pads. We also had a report that said Gronk would be ready to go Week 1, which was according to the team's Web site. Gronkowski has been cleared to play, according to coach Bill Belichick, making his comeback more of a football decision than a medical decision, and the Patriots continue to bring him along slowly, the story said.