Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play this weekend against the New York Jets.
The New England Patriots tight end had a series of surgeries during the off-season on his forearm and back and has been forced to miss the first six games of the season.
Gronkowski’s agent Drew Rosenhaus said on Friday that the tight end has finally been cleared to play by the team’s doctors but Coach Bill Bellichick has not confirmed Gronkowski’s status.
Rosenhaus said: “Rob Gronkowski has now been cleared by all his doctors to play Sunday in the Jets game.”
ESPN notes that Gronkowski has participated in every practice with the Patriots during the regular season. Gronkowski didn’t confirm that he would be playing this Sunday but he did say that he was excited for his return.
The tight end said:” It’s going to be a great feeling, obviously. [I’ve] just been working hard towards that goal and working hard every day to achieve that. It’s going to be exciting, and when it happens, it’s going to be awesome.”
Gronkowski’s absence has been a source of tension in the Patriots locker room this season. Some have even criticized him for not being willing to get back on the field. Tom Brady shot down those rumors earlier this week saying that Rob Gronkowski will play when he’s ready to play.