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Gronkowski – Without Boot – Taking Ankle Injury ‘Day By Day’

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INDIANAPOLIS (CBS) – The biggest question mark heading into Super Bowl XLVI is the status of Rob Gronkowski’s ankle.

The 22-year-old was the biggest draw at Tuesday’s media day at Lucas Oil Stadium, and he wouldn’t say much about his injury, other than that he’s feeling better and is taking it day by day.

“I’m not really worried about if I’m not playing or not yet. That’s on Sunday,” Gronkowski, who was no longer wearing his protective boot, told the reporters crowding his podium at media day.

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Rob Gronkowski, without his protective boot, talks to reporters at Media Day (Photo by Joe Giza)

“The only thing I’m worried about is Tuesday. Just keep on moving forward, going in a positive direction, and that’s all that counts.”

Gronkowski did say he’s feeling “good,” but admitted to some nagging pain.

“[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.”

“He’s a big part of our offense. We definitely need him out there to play the way that he can play,” Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker told reporters Tuesday.

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