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    Huge Turnout Expected at Pats Send-Off Rally

    The Not Done Super Bowl LII Send-Off Rally will be on Monday, Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. on the NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place before the team buses depart at 10:30 a.m. for T.F. Green airport in Privdence for their flight to Minneapolis.

    (Published Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018)

    Tight end Rob Gronkowski was back on the field Sunday as he continues to recover from a concussion suffered in last weekend's AFC title game.

    Gronkowski has yet to be cleared to play in the Super Bowl under the guidelines of the NFL's concussion protocol.

    Gronkowski and defensive lineman Deatrich Wise were in uniform and participated in Saturday's team stretching period that is open to reporters. Both missed two practices this week while progressing through the NFL's concussion protocol.

    While Gronkowski was back at practice this weekend, no update on his condition was released Sunday. 

    Gronk Returns to Practice; Brady's Stitches Removed

    [NECN] Gronk Returns to Practice; Brady's Stitches Removed

    Positive signs for New England as tight end Rob Gronkowski was back on the practice field Saturday and quarterback Tom Brady had stitches removed from his hand, according to NBC Sports.

    (Published Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018)

    After getting stitches in his right hand and thumb prior to the AFC championship game last week, quarterback Tom Brady was on the practice field Saturday and Sunday, gripping the ball without a glove on his throwing hand. His stitches were reportedly removed, according to NBC Sports.

    These are positive signs for New England, which held its last practice in Foxborough on Sunday before the team heads to Minnesota to resume its Super Bowl preparations.

    Gronkowski hadn't been on the practice field since his second-quarter exit from the AFC title game following a helmet-to-helmet hit from Jaguars safety Barry Church.

    "It's always great to have him out there. He's a great player, a great person, a great teammate and a big part of what we do,'' Brady said of Gronkowski. "It obviously hurts when he's not out there for a lot of reasons. But he's doing the best he can do and we're all hopeful.''
    While Gronkowski and Wise were on the field, it's unclear whether they have been officially cleared from the protocol. The team isn't required to file its next injury report until Wednesday.
    Gronk played just eight games last season and missed the Patriots' entire playoff run after undergoing season-ending back surgery.
    Since the start of last season, New England is 12-1 without Gronk. But last season it had Martellus Bennett to fill in the gap without him. Bennett signed with Green Bay in the offseason, before being released by the Packers in November. He then re-signed with the Patriots, but only appeared in two games before being placed on season-ending injured reserve.
    Brady said he wants to spend the rest of the time leading up to the Super Bowl avoiding all possible distractions.
    That includes not talking about a new series that debuted on Facebook recently and provides viewers a rare glimpse at his life off the field.
    "What? Let's talk about distractions,'' Brady joked when he was asked about the series Saturday. "We'll stick to football this week, too. I like that no distractions part.''
    Though this will be Brady's eighth trip to the Super Bowl, the 40-year-old said he still has an appreciation for what it takes to be playing at this point of the season.
    "I've never taken anything like this for granted, and I think we're all very fortunate to be in this game,'' he said. "Being a part of a couple of these losses, those are pretty tough to swallow, but I think you realize how much effort you have to put in to prepare. It's a very unique environment, unique game, and you have to be at your best. But in order to do that, you have to prepare as well as you possibly can.''

    "It's always great to have him out there. He's a great player, a great person, a great teammate and a big part of what we do,'' Brady said of Gronkowski. "It obviously hurts when he's not out there for a lot of reasons. But he's doing the best he can do and we're all hopeful.''

    The team isn't required to file its next injury report until Wednesday. Gronkowski played just eight games last season and missed the Patriots' entire playoff run after undergoing season-ending back surgery. Since the start of last season, New England is 12-1 without him. But last season it had Martellus Bennett to fill the gap without him.

    Brown's Breakdown: The Tale of Two Weeks of Practice

    [NECN] Brown's Breakdown: The Tale of Two Weeks of Practice

    Troy Brown discusses the two-week span in between the completion of the AFC Championship Game and the start of the Super Bowl. Brown explains why they are completely different for the team, with the first week spent at home, and the second week spent at the home of the Super Bowl. 

    (Published Friday, Jan. 26, 2018)

    Bennett signed with Green Bay in the offseason, before being released by the Packers in November. He re-signed with the Patriots, but only appeared in two games before being placed on season-ending injured reserve.

    Brady said he wants to spend the rest of the time leading up to the Super Bowl avoiding all possible distractions. That includes not talking about a new series that debuted on Facebook recently and provides viewers a rare glimpse at his life off the field.

    "What? Let's talk about distractions,'' Brady joked when he was asked about the series Saturday. "We'll stick to football this week, too. I like that no distractions part.''

    Though this will be Brady's eighth trip to the Super Bowl, the 40-year-old said he still has an appreciation for what it takes to be playing at this point of the season.

    "I've never taken anything like this for granted, and I think we're all very fortunate to be in this game,'' he said. "Being a part of a couple of these losses, those are pretty tough to swallow, but I think you realize how much effort you have to put in to prepare. It's a very unique environment, unique game, and you have to be at your best. But in order to do that, you have to prepare as well as you possibly can.''

    Patriots are set to leave for Minneapolis on Monday after a send-off rally. They face the Philadelphia Eagles on Feb. 4.

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