Gronkowski's left ankle has been the main injury focus heading into Sunday's Super Bowl against the New York Giants and on Thursday the record-setting tight end was able to take the practice field for the first time since suffering his injury in the AFC Championship Game against Baltimore.
"I think he was OK this morning. I don't think we had any setbacks, and we'll see how it goes out there today," Belichick said Friday morning. "He's gotten treatment morning, noon and night, and he's gotten better on a daily basis. Hopefully we'll be able to continue that same progress today, tomorrow and all day Sunday, and we'll see where that takes us. But I think he's coming along... he's moving in the right direction."
Gronkowski had a record-breaking season for the Patriots, setting an NFL mark for tight ends with 17 touchdown receptions. He also scored once on the ground and finished with 90 catches -- second on the team behind only Wes Welker's 122 -- for 1,327 yards.