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Rob Gronkowski on potential limitations due to injury: 'Whatever I’ve got going forward is what I am going to give'

Ryan Hannable
January 10, 2019 - 5:22 pm

FOXBORO -- There's no question Rob Gronkowski was not himself this past season.

The tight end dealt with nagging ankle/back issues for most of the year, which forced him to miss three games. In 13 games, Gronkowski recorded 47 receptions for 682 yards and three touchdowns. The three touchdowns were tied for the fewest in any season of his career, and the catches were the fewest he's had when playing more than eight games since his rookie season.

Speaking Thursday, Gronkowski was asked about his limitations during the regular season and how those might translate to the playoffs.

“It is a new season right now, the playoffs, so whatever I’ve got going forward is what I am going to give. For sure," he said.

Gronkowski added: “I mean, I have been in situations like that before, no doubt — practice, games. You’ve dealt with things like that before and have had thoughts like that before. But, it’s the game of football. There’s no room for excuses. Everyone is dealing with something and you just have to keep on moving forward and you have to find a way. That is what makes this game great, you just have to be mentally and physically prepared at all times to keep on going.”

Does he feel healthy now going into the playoffs?

“Yeah," Gronkowski said. "We’re going into the playoffs, just had a bye week. Practice is going well. Doing what the coaches ask me to do, so just getting ready for the game Sunday.”

It is worth noting last offseason Gronkowski contemplated retirement and that certainly feels in play again this offseason. With that in mind, Gronkowski was asked what his mindset is going into Sunday's game?

“My mindset is focused on the Chargers," he said. "It’s the biggest game of the year, Sunday 1 o’clock. Last few days just putting the preparation in, all focused on the Chargers. All focus on whatever I can do to help out the team, whatever the coaches ask me to do, I am trying to do it to the best of my ability during practice and I will bring it out to the [game field] on Sunday.”

The Patriots will host the Chargers Sunday afternoon in the AFC divisional round.

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