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Gronkowski says he’s not back
Gronkowski has participated in individual drills for the past two days and watched from the sidelines during team drills. He also worked with quarterback Tom Brady after practice.
“If it was 100 percent, I’d be doing every single little thing,” he said. “So, no, I’m not 100 percent, I’m working every single day to get to that.”
The Patriots will have their first practice in pads today, and Gronkowski plans to participate by running routes and working on cutting and planting.
“Running routes, being in the huddle, catching balls from Tom Brady, it’s a dream come true again. Feels like it got taken away and I feel like I got it back.”
“I’m going to go full speed and I’m going to keep smashing and bashing everything I do,” he said.
Gronkowski played 16 games in each of his first two NFL seasons in 2010 and ’11, but a broken forearm limited him to 11 games in 2012 and he played seven games last year.
Last season, Gronkowski had 39 catches for 592 yards with four touchdowns. In four NFL seasons, he has 226 receptions with 3,255 yards with 42 touchdowns. He had 17 TDs in 2011.
BOSTON (Reuters) — A Massachusetts judge refused to toss out murder and firearms charges against ex-Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in last summer’s killing of a semiprofessional football player.
Hernandez had been a rising star before he lost his $41 million contract with the Pats.
Hernandez was seen at his home both before and after Lloyd’s death holding what looked like a firearm and ammunition for a .45 caliber pistol, the kind of weapon used in the crime. A gun was later found at an apartment Hernandez had in Franklin, Mass., according to Garsh’s ruling.
What the grand jury needed, and did have, was evidence showing that Hernandez “participated in some meaningful way in the commission of the offense” and showed “extreme atrocity or cruelty,” Garsh said.
Hernandez is also accused in the 2012 killing of two men after a fight over a spilled drink at a Boston nightclub.