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By PFW staff

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski returned to practice on Thursday on a limited basis. He is recovering from a high ankle sprain in his left ankle suffered in the team's AFC championship game win over the Ravens.

Gronkowski has not practiced all week. He came to Indianapolis with a boot, but that was removed on Monday.

"He did some things. He didn't do everything," Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said, according to the PFWA pool report filed by Alex Marvez. "We'll see how he is tomorrow. I think that will be the big key — how he responds to this today."

Gronkowski set an NFL single-season record for tight ends with 17 touchdown catches. He had eight catches for 101 yards and a touchdown against the Giants in Week Nine.

The way we see it

Everyone expects Gronkowski to play on Sunday, and the fact that he returned to practice is a good sign. While he said that he could play without practicing all week, this is still a more positive development for a very important part of the Patriots' offense.

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