INDIANAPOLIS — In their final practice before Sunday's Super Bowl, the Patriots didn't go full speed, but the most important thing may be that every player on the team participated.
That includes TE Rob Gronkowski, who is nursing an ankle injury. According to PFWA pool reporter Alex Marvez of Fox Sports, Gronkowski participated in the hour-long walkthrough on Friday afternoon at the Colts' practice facility. Marvez "never saw players run faster than a trot while executing plays" during the walkthrough. The tight end moved without a limp, and according to head coach Bill Belichick, Gronkowski is headed in the right direction.
"He practiced yesterday. He didn't do anything today," Belichick said of the Pro Bowl tight end. "We'll see where he's at on Sunday, but hopefully (he'll play). I saw no setbacks. He's still making progress."
On the official injury report, Gronkowski is one of 11 Patriots listed as questionable for Sunday night.
The team went over special teams looks, with Belichick even participating in some of the drills. They will visit Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday for a team photo and a final review of the gameplan. But all in all, the Patriots believe they are ready for the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.
"We'll have meetings and we'll do some reminders and things like that in our hotel but we're not going to actually practice," Belichick said of the Saturday schedule.