Gronkowski Has No Problem With Barry Church Hit

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski center is assisted from the field after a hit by Jaguars safety Barry Church. Gronk suffered a concussion and is now in the league's concussion protocol

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"I mean, it's a split-second to make a decision".

"Everything ... I was able to do everything that I was asked to do out there on the field, so I'll be ready to roll in the game - I'll be full go, ready to roll ... full speed, taking on hits, blocking, running routes, whatever it may be".

Tight end Rob Gronkowski cleared concussion protocol Thursday and will play in Sunday's Super Bowl.

Immediately after the Patriots' 24-20 victory over the Jaguars in the AFC title game, Church denied he had intentionally tried to injure Gronkowski. I'm going the other way. "It happens. Just got to move on". The NFL fined Church $24,309 for the hit.

The coach noted that Gronkowski had worn the red non-contact jersey previously, but not at Wednesday's practice.

According to Belichick, Gronkowski was limited at Wednesday's practice and remains in the concussion protocol. They just did every step by step every day. I knew I was good to go.

Of course, the Eagles have assumed all along that Gronkowski would be able to play in the Super Bowl.

Gronkowski also has a good idea he'll be matched up against Eagles' Pro Bowl safety Malcolm Jenkins. "They've got a real good scheme, and they isolate people, but if there's any defense out there that can match up with every single person, I think it's this defense, so we're looking forward to it". Give Tom Brady another weapon such as Gronkowski and you have a Philadelphia defence that may be stretched to the max.

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