Rob Gronkowski practices in full pads for the Patriots

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski practiced for the the first time this season on Sunday.

According to ESPN.com, it was Gronkowski’s first practice in pads this season since undergoing multiple surgeries on his left forearm and one surgery on his back this off-season.

Gronkowski didn’t go through the entire practice with the team, as rehabbing players sometimes take part in the first parts of the workout such as running and agility exercises before going to a different field to continue rehab work.

According to CBS Sports, Gronkowski was not placed on the PUP list, which would sit out Gronkowski for the first six weeks of the season. Instead, he made the Patriots final 53-man roster.

Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui said that having Gronkowki around is a motivator for the team.

“Gronk is obviously a big part of our team,” Hoomanawanui said. “He is a great football player. He’s a great guy to be around.”

Though Gronkowski coming back on Week 1 or Week 2 against the Jets is unlikely, Gronkowski could be back by Week 3 or Week 4.

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