New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL sustained on Dec. 8, deflected a question Tuesday about whether he will be ready for the 2014 season opener.
"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. "I'm working hard every day to put myself in the best situation so that I'm ready."
Gronkowski had surgery on Jan. 9, with the procedure performed by Dr. James Andrews. He waited one month after the injury to undergo surgery so that his MCL, which also was torn, could heal.
The "oh man" response isn't encouraging. Usually if there is a chance a player will be ready for the start of the season, they will answer in the affirmative. At the very least, we now have an explanation why they waited so long to fix the ACL. The bottom line is that Gronk is no sure thing for Week 1, and we may be playing the same waiting game as we did last summer.