Gronkowski listed as DNP with concussion

But the tight end's quick return to practice certainly justifies the Patriots' optimism that characterized most Gronkowski reports since the AFC Championship Game. As no Patriots will be playing in the Pro Bowl (obviously), this injury report has little bearing on Super Bowl Sunday.

Gronkowski remains in the concussion protocol, according to the Patriots, which means he has yet to fully clear all five steps required to play in a game.

Defensive lineman Malcom Brown (foot) also missed practice on Friday for the second straight day.

Rob Gronkowski and Deatrich Wise returned to practice after missing the first two sessions this week with concussions. The Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles are set to meet in Super Bowl 52 on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis.

There was good news coming from Patriots practice Saturday afternoon. "It's just a great attribute of his, always has been since he got here".

The team will remain in New England through this weekend before leaving for Minnesota on Monday.

Though this will be Brady's eighth trip to the Super Bowl, the 40-year-old said he still has an appreciation for what it takes to be playing at this point of the season. "It was a tough call, but you have to go with what they call".

Gronkowski took part in the portion of practice that was open to the media, per reports.