Rob Gronkowski clears concussion protocol, will play in Super Bowl
Any Patriots fans who were still concerned about Rob Gronkowski missing Super Bowl LII can breathe a big sigh of relief.
On Thursday, Gronkowski was cleared to meet with the media for the first time since he suffered a concussion in the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. That means he has officially been cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Patriots media availability set to begin at 5 p.m. ET, beginning with Bill Belichick news conference, then Devin McCourty news conference. That will be followed by interviews with the rest of the team – including Rob Gronkowski – at 5:30 p.m. ET. pic.twitter.com/uImYqMm82x
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The expectation all along has been that Gronkowski would be cleared in time to face the Eagles, so this is more of a formality than anything. If not for the extra week off between conference championships and the Super Bowl, there’s a good chance the Patriots would have been without their star tight end in the championship game.