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Rob Gronkowski on playing with injured ankle, Julian Edelman's return

Ryan Hannable
October 05, 2018 - 6:00 am

FOXBORO -- At the beginning of the week, it did not look like the Patriots were going to have tight end Rob Gronkowski against the Colts.

The tight end didn't practice Monday (if they would have) or Tuesday because of his injured ankle, but then he was a limited participant in the walkthrough Wednesday and was officially listed as questionable.

Gronkowski did take to the field Thursday night with the rest of the team and was part of the 38-24 win. The tight end finished with six catches for 75 yards.

Speaking afterwards, he seemed to downplay actually getting to play in the game after not practicing early in the week.

“You just have to prepare," Gronkowski said. "You have to get your body right. You have to study the plays so when you come out here like tonight you’re ready to go.”

The tight end was able to play with Julian Edelman for the first time since November of 2016, as the Patriots receiver missed all of last season with a torn ACL and was suspended the first four games of this year.

“It’s great to have Julian back," he said. "He’s been bringing the juice since Monday. It just helps the offense out big time just the way he can move underneath the coverages and get open, get yards, get first downs. It is just awesome to have him back.”

Now, the Patriots will have 10 days off before hosting the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. Gronkowski noted the team needs to make the best use of the time away.

“It’s huge," he said. "Whenever you get some extra days off you have to take advantage of it now. We have an extra 10 days now. Got to get the body healthy. You got bumps and bruises all over the place, especially playing two games in five days. Just got to relax, get right and get back at it next week."

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