Gronkowski out of walking boot

Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski is on track to play in the Super Bowl. Despite a sprained left ankle, Gronkowski is no longer in a walking boot and is expected to play Sunday against the New York Giants.

Gronkowski gave the folowing update to reporters: "We're going day by day. Making new steps every day, feeling better every day. That's a positive sign and you just want to keep going in the right direction. I want to be out there with the team obviously. I want to help out the team obviously. Just taking it step by step, getting better every single day."

Added Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: "Well, he's obviously making progress, he's out of his boot today, which is making me feel better. I told him to write ''Hi Mom' on his sock, because there will be a lot of pictures today. No one is as tough as him, he makes our offense go. Hopefully, we have him out there."

The Patriots have a capable second tight end in Aaron Hernandez, but they don't envision being without Gronkowski.

"There is a difference between hurt, sore and banged up," Gronkowski said. "In the NFL you definitely have to play hurt."

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