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Gronk suits up for practice; Brady practices without glove

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WPRI) — Rob Gronkowski said, while the call is not his, he expects to take the field for Super Bowl LII Sunday in Minnesota.

For the first time since being placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol, the Patriots tight end suited up for practice Wednesday.

Gronk suffered a concussion after experiencing a hit to the head during the AFC Championship game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In addition, Tom Brady was seen practicing without a glove on his throwing hand during the same practice. Brady had been wearing a glove to protect stitches he needed after cutting while practicing fo the AFC Championship game.

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Before Wednesday’s practice, the closest Gronk came to playing was Tuesday night, when he was matched up against former teammate LeGarrette Blount in an X-Box Madden Super Bowl simulation. In the video game, Blount’s Eagles beat Gronk’s Pats 33-13.

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Gronk told Eyewitness News he’s hoping for better results Sunday.

“The game plan for Sunday? Hopefully, it’s not the game plan for Madden. But, you know, it’s the same. You gotta work hard, keep preparing, do everything you gotta do to be ready for the big game,” Gronk said.

He said it would ultimately be up to the doctors if he was going to play, but that he expected to take the field with the Patriots faceoff against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday.

Quarterback Tom Brady said he’s hopeful Gronk will take the field.

“Rob’s a tough guy. Obviously, this isn’t something you can just fight through. I think everybody is being really smart and cautious about it, as we should be based on all the information that we’ve learned over the years. You know, he has to clear everything before he plays be we’re hopeful and we’ll see how it goes,” Brady said.Watch exclusive Big Game Coverage on WPRI 12 – your official station of the New England Patriots:

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