Jul 30, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (left) talks with tight end Rob Gronkowski (right) during training camp at the practice fields of Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
On Wednesday, Gronkowski did his best to clear the air on any alleged problems that he’s being pressured to come back too quickly:
"“No, no doubt; no, not at all,” he said about being pressured. “Everything is great around here. “I’m going out, just going out to practice with the team and practicing with the team. It’s helpful every single week to get the chemistry back down, to get the timing of football down, and being out of football, the first couple days out there, I can’t lie, I was like, ‘Whoa, I feel like a rookie real quick’ because the speed, it was quick.”"
Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said this Sunday night during a pregame radio show:
"“There is no dissension between Rob and the Patriots. He’ll come back when everything is right for him to come back.”"
Gronkowski has been listed as questionable on the Patriots injury report since Week 3 — meaning the team felt there was at least a 50 percent chance he would play each week.
There are reports that Gronkowski is targeting a Week 6 return, to which he responded:
"“When I’m ready, I’m ready. If it’s this Sunday, next Sunday, the Sunday after that, it’s just going day-by-day. So I really couldn’t tell you when it’s going to be.”"