Posted by Michael David Smith on June 18, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT
Four months after his ankle was the No. 1 story during the week of hype prior to the Super Bowl, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowskisays his ankle isn’t a story at all.
Asked at a charity golf tournament today to describe the status of his ankle, Gronkowski needed just one word: “Great.”
The Patriots, who just signed Gronkowski to a contract extension, obviously don’t think his ankle is going to cause him any long-term problems. And Gronkowski’s one-word description of his ankle today more or less matches what he said a couple of weeks ago, when he declared that the ankle feels better every week.
Still, the ankle isn’t great enough for Gronkowski to practice yet: He stayed off to the side with the injured players while his healthy teammates were taking part in last week’s minicamp. That Gronkowski still isn’t all the way back five months after hurting his ankle in the AFC Championship Game demonstrates just how serious an injury Gronkowski was playing through in the Super Bowl.