ESPNBoston.com's Field Yates reports that Rosenhaus told Rose that Gronkowski has not yet been cleared by Dr. James Andrews to return to the playing field on Sundays.
In terms of the specific words that Rosenhaus used, he put i very simply telling Rose, "Up to this point, he hasn't been cleared to play in a game. He has not been cleared by Dr. Andrews, who is the supervising doctor."
In terms of Gronkowski practicing but not ultimately playing in games, Rosenhaus echoed similar remarks as to what Coach Bill Belichick had said earlier in the week. Belichick said on Monday that it is pretty common for players to practice but not play.
"There's a huge difference between being cleared to practice and being cleared to play in a game," Rosenhaus said. "I've had great dialogue with Coach Belichick and the Patriots' medical staff and Rob and his family. Everybody's on the same page, except it's gotten a lot of play in the media and all these unsubstantiated sources."
As for when Rosenhaus thinks Gronkowski would be cleared to play, Rosenhaus simply reiterated that Gronkowski will come back when he is cleared.
"All I can tell you [is] it's really straightforward: When Rob is cleared, he'll play," Rosenhaus said. "It shouldn't be a big surprise to people that the guy has a very cautious approach right now, because he had four operations on that forearm and he had a back operation."
Gronkowski has missed all of the Patriots games so far this season. He was expected to come back in the last couple of weeks but has not done so.
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