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INDIANAPOLIS -- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Friday that tight end Rob Gronkowski continues to make progress from his left high ankle sprain and said the Amherst native is "moving in the right directino and getting better on a daily basis."

 “I think he was OK this morning," Belichick said of Gronk, who practiced Thursday for the first time since injuring the ankle in the AFC title game. "I think he was OK. I don’t think we had any setbacks. We’ll see how it goes out there today, but I think that he’s been on a ... Rob’s worked extremely hard. He’s gotten treatment morning, noon, and night, and he’s gotten better on a daily basis.

"Hopefully we’ll be able to continue that same process today, tomorrow, and all day Sunday," Belichick said. "We’ll see where that takes us, but I think he’s coming along."

Belichick was asked to elaborate on what Gronkowski was able to do in practice Thursday. “He practiced on a limited basis," the coach said. "He did some of the things that we did in practice, but not all of them. Is that the elaboration you were looking for?”

--- Jerry Sullivan


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