NFL notes: Rob Gronkowski returns from concussion protocol to practice with Patriots
Tight end Rob Gronkowski was back on the field Saturday, returning from concussion protocol as the New England Patriots prepare for the Super Bowl.
Tom Brady was also on the field, gripping a football without a glove on his right hand. Brady required stitches in his throwing hand and thumb after an injury in practice last week.
The quarterback missed parts of practices leading to the AFC title game but was able to play.
Gronkowski and defensive lineman Deatrich Wise were in uniform and participated in the team stretching period that is open to reporters. Both missed two practices this week while progressing through the NFL’s concussion protocol.
The team is not required to release another injury report until Wednesday. The Patriots are to leave for Minneapolis on Sunday. They face the Philadelphia Eagles on Feb. 4.
Carson Wentz says his goal is to be ready to play when the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles open next season. Speaking to reporters Friday for the first time since he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament and lateral collateral ligament on Dec. 10, Wentz expressed confidence he won’t miss the start of 2018. “So after we went in there and everything, it was actually the ACL and the LCL,” Wentz said. “I’m still feeling confident with it. The rehab is the same type of progression and everything. It’s gone great so far.” …
Buffalo Bills center and respected leader Eric Wood is retiring after nine seasons as a result of a debilitating neck injury. Wood revealed his decision in a statement the Bills posted on their Twitter account. Wood says the injury was discovered during a season-ending physical. Wood adds he has since been informed by doctors that the injury is so severe he would no longer be cleared to play — even with surgery or further treatment.
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