Rob Gronkowski, the All-Pro tight end for the New England Patriots, was the center piece of the first two hours of the Super Bowl 20112 Media Day Tuesday, as the 6-foot-6, 245-pounder was asked question after question on his injured ankle, which was not protected by a walking boot for the first time in days.
"He said that shedding the boot was a sign of improvement, however, and added he was not wearing a compression wrap under his sock."
According to The New York Post's Justin Terranova, Gronkowski was asked about his current status frequently and answered with "day-to-day" about 10 times. Terranova said when Gronkowski was asked if he could play yet, the tight end responded:
"I don't know yet. I'm doing everything I can to help the team. I'm getting better every single day."
When asked about his chances of playing Sunday, Gronk said:
"[The game is] six days away," Gronkowski said. "I could be 100 percent by then. I could be 2 percent by then. We’re just taking it day by day.
"I’m young. I’m healthy, and I feel blessed like that. Whatever it is, I hope I’m a quick healer."
If Gronkowski is able to go Sunday, the New York Giants will have their hands full, as he set the NFL single-season record for touchdowns by a tight end (17) and receiving yards (1,327).
Gronkowski sustained his ankle injury during the AFC Championship game, which featured the Patriots defeating the Baltimore Ravens, 23-20.