Gronkowski still in concussion protocol at Patriots practice

EDEN PRARIE, Minn. (AP) — As expected, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski remained in the concussion protocol Wednesday for New England’s first Super Bowl practice in Minnesota.

According to a pool report of the workout, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Gronkowski took part in non-contact drills and is “working his way back.” The Patriots worked out for two hours in their only full-padded practice of the week leading up to Sunday’s matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Also limited were defensive linemen Deatrich Wise (concussion) and cornerback Malcolm Butler (illness).

Quarterback Tom Brady practiced fully, wearing black tape on his injured right hand.

Gronkowski has been in the league’s concussion protocol after taking a hit in the AFC championship game.

Gronkowski said at a promotional appearance for the “Madden 18” video game Tuesday night that he would leave his game status up to team doctors.

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