Belichick tight-lipped on Gronk

On a Monday conference call with reporters, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was predictably tight-lipped about injured tight end Rob Gronkowski, who broke his forearm in Sunday’s win over the Colts.

When asked if Gronkowski had undergone surgery this morning, Belichick didn’t provide specifics.

“I really haven’t met with our doctors and trainers yet today. I do that at the end of the day,” he said, adding that the team will release any injury information based on league guidelines.

Asked for any type of update, Belichick said, “I don’t really have anything. I know that our medical people are looking at all the players today when they come in, trying to assess their situation, like we always do on Monday. I’ll catch up with them as they’ve had a chance [to gather that information].”

When a national reporter pressed Belichick on why Gronkowski was still playing special teams late in the fourth quarter, especially since he has been listed as questionable on the injury report, Belichick provided his thinking.

“It’s one of his roles and jobs at the game,” he answered, before touching on his view on the importance of protection on the field-goal unit. “Whoever does it, it’s very important.”

Belichick was more expansive when speaking about the team’s tight end position (he had praise for Michael Hoomanawanui's work ethic, for example), noting that it’s a bit different to have five players at that position on the roster.

He also was asked about the status of tight end Aaron Hernandez, who has been sidelined with a right ankle injury, and if he would play Thursday against the Jets. It sounds like Hernandez is close.

“We’ll probably make a decision later on in the week,” he said, later putting Hernandez in the “day by day” category.