FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked Wednesday morning about tight end Rob Gronkowski's availability for game action, he made the point that the team hadn't practiced yet that day.
"He looks great sitting in a meeting," Belichick said.
Two days later, the Patriots have had two practices -- one in full pads -- and Belichick was asked another Gronkowski-based question this morning: "How encouraged are you with his progress?"
"Rob's been out there. He's getting better every day. He's working hard, no question about that," he answered.
Belichick isn't about to reveal Gronkowski's official status for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers at this point; that will come later today when the Patriots' official injury report is released about 4 p.m. ET.
Gronkowski was listed as doubtful on the final injury report the first two weeks of the season.