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Rob Gronkowski playing vs. Dolphins

While he did not play or take any contact work in practices or dual work with other teams, Rob Gronkowski's status for Sunday's game against the Dolphins was uncertain.

Gronkowski, the New England Pro Bowl tight end, removed the uncertainty today.

"I'm ready to go," Gronkowski said today. "I'll be playing..I feel mentally and physicall ready, for sure."

Gronkowski is coming back from an ACL tear that ended his season early last year.

"We were fully prepared for him to play," coach Joe Philbin said. "He's on their 53-man roster and we expected he would be available. We'll be ready for him, for sure."

Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said the Dolphins expected Gronkowski to play, but interestingly, raised the question about how much Gronkowski will play. That is key.

It should be noted the Patriots beat the Dolphins in the game Gronkowski played last season. And the Dolphins beat the Patriots in the game Gronkowski missed.

That doesn't mean Gronk is a one-man team. But he is New England quarterback Tom Brady's favorite red zone target when he plays.

So there's that.