New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has not yet been cleared to play by Dr. James Andrew, says his agent Drew Rosenhaus.
“Up to this point he hasn’t been cleared to play in a game,” Rosenhaus said Thursday on the “Joe Rose Show” on 560 WQAM in Miami via ESPNBoston.com. “He has not been cleared by Dr. Andrews, who is the supervising doctor.”
“Quite frankly, it’s not a huge upset that up to this point he hasn’t been cleared to play in a game,” he said. “We anticipated this. Hopefully he’ll be back soon, maybe even this weekend, but there’s no way to know until the end of the week when his doctors make that determination.”
Gronkowski, who is recovering from back and forearm surgeries, has participated in every Patriots practice during the regular season, but has yet to play in a game.
“There’s a huge difference between being cleared to practice and being cleared to play in a game,” Rosenhaus added. “I’ve had great dialogue with Coach Belichick and the Patriots medical staff, and Rob and his family. Everybody’s on the same page, except it’s gotten a lot of play in the media and all these unsubstantiated sources.”
Rosenhaus said his client will only return to game action when he has been cleared by Dr. Andrews.
“All I can tell you [is] it’s really straight forward, when Rob is cleared, he’ll play,” he said. “It shouldn’t be a big surprise to people that the guy has a very cautious approach right now, because he had four operations on that forearm and he had a back operation.”