Gronk clears concussion protocol, will play in Super Bowl

The All-Pro tight end offers Tom Brady a huge target to work with, but he must be wary of hits that may land him back in the protocol.

Kahron Spearman

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared from the concussion protocol, he confirmed Thursday during his media session.

The Pro Bowler gives quarterback Tom Brady a massive target that the Eagles secondary must account for at all times, which will help the outside receivers operate with more spacing. 

Gronkowski will likely to chin-checked by the Eagles' vaunted defense, so to speak, just to double-check his readiness.

I officially got the word today that I was cleared, so it was super nice to hear from the doctors going through the whole process. I'm ready to roll.

Rob Gronkowski
Tight end, New England Patriots

The All-Pro claims he had no doubts he would be cleared for Sunday, expressing his patience and confidence in the process.

"That definitely helped out big-time," he said. "Just did every step, every day, and everything went smooth. ... I knew it was going to happen. It was just when."