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Belichick Expects Gronk To Practice Next Week

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) — Rob Gronkowski didn’t join the Patriots in Richmond for joint practices with the Redskins this week, but the tight end is expected to be back out on the field next week in New England.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick passed that nugget along to Scott Zolak in his pregame interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Patriots Preview prior to New England’s preseason opener against the Redskins on Thursday night.

“I expect that we will see him back on the field next week against Philadelphia, working like he did before we left there and hopefully continue to make good progress,” Belichick said of his All Pro tight end.

Gronkowski was cleared to play from the start of training camp,  but has mostly just taken part in individual drills. While the team was in Richmond this week, Gronkowski got some more work in on his own in Foxboro.

“This week was an opportunity for him to re-up the treatments and less on-the-field work,” Belichick said.

While he usually works on his own when the team does 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 drills, Gronkowski has taken a lot of passes from Tom Brady with cornerback Darrelle Revis closely shadowing his routes.

It will be interesting to see how much Gronkowski practices against the Philadelphia Eagles, who will be in Forboro for joint practices next week.

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