Posted October 15, 2013

Tom Brady on Rob Gronkowski: ‘I don’t think there’s any resentment’

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Tom Brady tried to quell reports that the team was upset with Rob Gronkowski not playing. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tom Brady tried to quell reports that the team was upset with Rob Gronkowski not playing. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

If there’s any resentment in the New England Patriots locker room toward tight end Rob Gronkowski, quarterback Tom Brady isn’t seeing it — or he’s at least not publicly disclosing it.

“I don’t think there’s any resentment toward Rob or any other player on our team that is fighting through rehabilitation to get back on the field,” Brady said in an interview with Westwood One, according to Pro Football Talk.

“Look, everyone loves having Rob out on the field but we also understand that these medical decisions are out of the hands of the players and coaches. And if the doctors, when they clear them, they clear them, and when they don’t, they don’t. That goes for every player in the NFL. It’s not just our team, it’s every team. So we’ll be excited to get him back. When that is, I don’t have the answer, but I prepare each week regardless of who’s out there.”

Gronkowski’s season has still failed to get off the ground while he recovers from offseason arm and back surgeries, despite the fact that some in the organization said he’d “definitely” be playing by Week 4. Because Gronkowski still gives the impression of going “all-out” in practice, some players are reportedly frustrated that he isn’t playing on Sundays and helping the team win.

The Patriots have cleared Gronkowski to return to the active roster. But the independent Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Jesse Jupiter have not said he can return. Until they do, it is likely that Gronkowski will not play.

Gronkowski’s mother, Diane, told The Boston Herald that her son is “dying to play.”

” You got to go with the guys that are healthy and the guys who are ready to play. And look, we’ve had plenty of guys contribute to get to 5-1 at this point,” Brady said. “So I have a lot of confidence in the guys I’m out there with and whenever Rob comes back, whenever that is and he’s cleared, the team will be excited to have him back.”


7 comments
SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Gronk has had 4 or 5 surgeries he should not be rushed back, he is not even making that much money.

Rick in Huahin!
Rick in Huahin!

After seeing his opinion on "League of Denial", I now question anything Brady says.

yadda71
yadda71

More importantly, who cares if there is resentment? It's a business and he will play when he is ready. 

ONESHORTLEG
ONESHORTLEG

DR. JESSE JUPITER KNOWS MORE ABOUT THE BONE STRUCTURE AND HEALING THAN 99.8% OF THE REST OF THE WORLD . HAS STUDIED AND EXPERIMENTED WITH  DIFFERENT ORGANIC COMPOUNDS TO GLUE , BIND , MEND BONES AND IS A RENOWN MICRO SURGEON FOR HAND AND ARM REPAIR .. THAT INFECTION FROM LAST YEARS SURGERY WEAKENED THE WHOLE BONE IN HIS ARM AND IM SURE THE DIAMETER IS NOW SMALLER THAN WHEN THEY 1ST STARTED AND ANY DOCTOR WHO GOES FOR MORE THAN 2 SURGERIES INT EH SAME SPOT IN A YEARS OR LESS TIME ONLY RISKS NERVE AND REGENERATION DAMAGE AND IMPROPER HEALING ANYBODY HAVE ANY FRIENDS WHO ENDED UP CRIPPLED AND DRUG DEPENDENT FORM EXCESSIVE SURGERIES ON A KNEE OR BACK

gymviking
gymviking

@ONESHORTLEG I wasn't sure if I believed you (I think Dr. Jupiter only knows more than 99.6% of us), but the caps convinced me.

skramer9999
skramer9999

@ONESHORTLEG whoa dude...chill out and lose the caps first of all...nobody here wants a medical PhD thesis anyway