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Gronk Returns to Practice Field

Rob Gronkowski was back at practice Wednesday for the first time since he suffered a concussion in the AFC Championship.

The star Patriots tight end said Tuesday night that he expected to play in the Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Patriots released a photo of him on the practice field.

"He was limited in practice," head coach Bill Belichick said. "He was limited today."

Defensive linemen Deatrich Wise, who also suffered a concussion, and Malcolm Brown, battling a foot injury, were also limited participants in practice.

Belichick added that Gronkowski remains in concussion protocol.

Gronkowski sustained the injury on a helmet-to-helmet hit from Barry Church, a safety for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The tight end played just eight games last year before undergoing season-ending back surgery. He missed the entire playoff run, which culminated in a Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Since the start of last year, the Patriots are 12-1 without him.

Super Bowl LII kicks off on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. on NBC10 Boston.

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