Return of the Gronk: Rob Gronkowski expected to practice this week

The rich get richer as the New England Patriots are expecting All-Pro Tight End Rob Gronkowski to start practicing this week.

According to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe, league sources indicate that Gronkowski will start the process of getting back into the swing of things this week.

Gronkowski was injured November 18th, and initially the hope was he’d be ready for the 49ers game.

The timing adds to speculation that Gronkowski has a chance to play in Sunday’s game. Though it’s doubtful he’ll face the 49ers, the Patriots and the medical team have taken extra precautions on Gronkowski’s arm, having an internal cast inserted into Gronkowski’s arm as well as an external one to help expedite the healing process.

The release of Visanthe Schiancoe adds to the intrigue as the 49er game gets closer, as well as the possibility of getting the number one seed in the AFC is dangling in front of the Patriots faces.

The Patriots offense hasn’t missed Gronkowski out scoring their opponents by 65 points.

In 2012, Gronkowski has 53 receptions for 748 and 10 touchdowns.

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