Allen Kim

Rob Gronkowski Back At Patriots Facility Rehabbing

Created on Jul. 10, 2013 3:30 PM EST

Rob Gronkowski, tight end for the New England Patriots, has returned to the team’s facilities in Foxborough, Mass., to start doing rehab work to help speed up his recovery from back surgery he had last month. Ed Werder of ESPN was the first to report the news.

Right now, he is “concentrating mainly on stretching and improving his core strength.” Dr. Robert Watkins, who performed the back surgery on Gronkowski, said the "timing of his return to football will depend on his progression through the rehabilitation program." Trainers will also have to take precautions with the left forearm surgery that had new plates inserted back in May.

While Gronkowski is expected to be on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp, his presence in Foxborough is an encouraging sign. He reportedly “looks good and seems to be progressing,” but it’s still too early to determine whether he’ll be available for a depleted Patriots offense for their Week 1 opener against the Buffalo Bills.

Gronkowski’s injury history certainly complicates matters, and it doesn’t help in determining any sort of clear timetable for his return. Also, with the lack of options in the passing game for QB Tom Brady, the team is likely to be extra cautious in order to avoid any further setbacks.

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