New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) followed by wide receiver Matthew Slater (18) work a drill during a stretching and drills session before practice begins at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Patriots will play the Miami Dolphins Sunday. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)The Associated Press
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski answers a reporter's question during a media availability if front of his locker at the team's NFL football training facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Patriots will play the Miami Dolphins Sunday. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)The Associated Press
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Rob Gronkowski says he no longer wants to discuss his health.
After making his season debut Sunday against the New York Jets, catching eight passes for 114 yards in the Patriots' 30-27 overtime loss, Gronkowski finally is ready to put behind him all the questions he was asked about injuries and timetables. Gronkowski missed the first six games of the season following surgeries on his back and broken left forearm, but made an immediate impact against the Jets. He was targeted a team-high 17 times and nearly made a spectacular one-handed grab that likely would have led to a touchdown.
He says he was a bit tired during his first substantial game action since Dec. 30.