Pats' Gronkowski back on practice field after knee injury

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Rob Gronkowski was back on the practice field Thursday, just 11 days after suffering a knee injury in a loss to the Denver Broncos.

The workout Thursday was not in full pads and there was no indication whether the star tight end will play Sunday night at Houston. Coach Bill Belichick monitored Gronkowski as he jogged before the practice.

There's no timetable for his return after missing four practices. Gronkowski sprained his right knee and also suffered a bone bruise against the Broncos.

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Players met with the media before practice. Gronkowski, who normally talks on Thursdays, was not made available.

Gronkowski is second on the Patriots with 57 receptions, trailing only Julian Edelman, who has missed the last three-plus games with a broken foot.


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