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Gronkowski, who did not travel with his teammates to Richmond, Va. last week for joint practices with the Redskins, indicated that he is feeling better after the time off, the Boston Globe reports. "Just listened to the trainers, stayed back, just working out and stuff, getting in shape," Gronkowski said of his recent activities. "Basically, I went hard during the practices all last week and just a little time off to let the knee heal up a little bit more. You know, you can't always be grinding on it 24/7 coming off an injury. You've got to let it heal. You've got to hit it hard and let it heal. So [there have been] no setbacks, I'm improving every single week [and] feeling better since the time off."

Thus far, Gronkowski has not been participating in team drills in training camp, but the tight end notes that he has been "going full speed in the drills" that he has been working in, which thus far have not included full contact. While there is generally optimism regarding the chances of Gronkowski's chances of suiting up in Week 1, he acknowledged on that front that he and the team "really don't have a schedule all set and planned. Our schedule is to just get better every single day, every single week, and that's what's been going on."

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Gronkowski (knee) did not travel with the Patriots for the team's joint practices with the Redskins in advance of Thursday's preseason opener, the Boston Herald reports.

With Gronkowski having focused on individual and positional drills thus far in training camp, it makes sense for the team to keep him out of the team-oriented joint practices this week. In the meantime, Gronkowski (who is bouncing back from a torn ACL and MCL) will continue his rehab at Gillette Stadium with the team's strength staff. Look for Gronkowski -- whose goal is still to be ready by Week 1 -- to rejoin his teammates on the practice field once the team returns to Foxboro, with his status for the team's second preseason tilt unclear.

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Gronkowski (knee) wasn't present for Monday's joint practice with the Redskins, ESPN.com reports.

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According to the Boston Globe, Rob Gronkowski "doesn't look like someone coming off a torn ACL/MCL."

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Rob Gronkowski (knee) has been doing 1-on-1 red-zone drills vs. Darrelle Revis over the last two days.

Gronkowski, Tom Brady and Revis have been gathering at one end of the field to do battle while Bill Belichick watches "closely." During this time, the rest of the team is doing special teams work. It's an excellent test for Gronk, who continues to make progress off his knee reconstruction. It certainly looks like he'll be ready for Week 1.

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The Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young believes it would be a "surprise" if Rob Gronkowski (knee) played in any preseason games.

If Gronk does make it onto the field for exhibition action, it won't be for more than a few snaps just to get his feet wet. He's been participating in some 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work at training camp, but most of Gronkowski's work is done off to the side. He's experienced no setbacks, and should be ready for the opener.

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Rob Gronkowski (knee) participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time in training camp Sunday.

Per NFL Network's Albert Breer, Gronk practiced at roughly three-quarters speed. Gronkowski isn't quite 100 percent cleared for all team work yet, but he's coming along on or ahead of schedule. His ADP is in the early third round.

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Rob Gronkowski told reporters Friday he will not change his playing style due to past injuries.

Gronk has missed 14 games over the past two seasons, but Gronk wouldn't be Gronk if he didn't go all out. "I'm gonna keep smashing and dashing in everything I do," he assured, followed by a smiling giggle. "Haha." Amid numerous injuries, Gronkowski has scored 33 touchdowns over his last 34 games.

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Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) is sporting both a brace on his surgically-repaired knee, and a protective sleeve over his surgically-repaired arm.

Despite avoiding the PUP list, Gronk has been limited to individual drills thus far in camp, and is expected to be brought along slowly. However, ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss observed Thursday that Gronk does not seem "reluctant running, cutting and planting." The injury concern with Gronk is self evident at this point, but the monster upside remains.

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Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) is not participating in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 work Thursday.

It's a reminder that even though Gronkowski has avoided the PUP list and been medically cleared, he's not 100 percent. Less than seven months removed from reconstructive surgery, the Patriots are going to ease him in gradually in the hope that he'll be ready to play all the snaps come Week 1. The good news for Gronk is that we still have more than six weeks until the opener.