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Rob Gronkowski says he feels good following 69 snaps in return to action

Ryan Hannable
November 28, 2018 - 5:37 pm

FOXBORO -- On Sunday, Rob Gronkowski played in a game for the first time in 27 days due to nagging ankle and back injuries.

The tight end played 69-of-70 snaps and finished with three catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. 

Speaking at Gillette Stadium three days after the game, Gronkowski said his body is feeling good and it was confirmed when he was removed from the injury report, the first time that's been the case since Week 2.

“Good. I feel good," he said. "Football wear and tear you’re never going to leave a game feeling [weird noise].”

The All-Pro tight end acknowledged it's impossible to leave a game without a nick here or there, but with so many years in the league under his belt he knows what he needs to do.

“Yeah, you get used to it," he said. "You’ve been through it a million times, not a million times, but you’ve been through it so much you just know what to do and keep believing in the process.”

Gronkowski recorded his first touchdown since Week 1 and he said things like that can carry over to the following weeks.

“Every week is different, but there are certain times when you do want to carry things over where you build up the confidence when you make a play in the game, one [play] you haven’t been making in a while," he said. "So, rolling into this week you feel confident it going to happen again. Confidence is huge and that is what it’s all about.”

Gronkowski and the Patriots will take on the Vikings this Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

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