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Gronkowski cleared from protocol, appears ready to go for Super Bowl

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was cleared from concussion protocol 11 days after the jarring hit from Jacksonville Jaguars safety Barry Church put the New England All-Pro’s status in doubt for Super Bowl LII.

Clearing concussion protocol, which requires clearance from an independent neurologist, all but guarantees Gronkowski will play Sunday. He is officially listed as questionable.

Gronkowski will be available to media for the first time this week Thursday when the Patriots are made available to reporters at 5:30 p.m. ET at Mall of America.

The hit from Church in the AFC Championship game drew a penalty and sent Gronkowski to the locker room for the rest of the game.

He practiced Wednesday but was limited after returning to the field with the team for partial workouts on the field last weekend.


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