FOXBORO (CBS) – The Patriots received some good news on Saturday with the Super Bowl just over a week away.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski was back on the practice field next to Gillette Stadium, the first time he has suited up since suffering a concussion in the AFC Championship Game.
Defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr. also returned to practice. He also suffered a concussion against Jacksonville.
Gronkowski was spotted wearing pads and a helmet loosening up during the media portion of practice.
According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, the team said that Gronkowski remains in concussion protocol for the time being.
Quarterback Tom Brady praised Gronkowski during his Saturday press conference.
“It’s always great having him out there. Great player, great person, great teammate,” Brady raved.
“He’s got a great personality and a great way about him. He definitely has a joyfulness to him and brings that to the team. It’s a great attribute of his and has been since he got here.”
The Patriots leave for Minnesota on Monday, with players scheduled to meet the media that night.