Gronkowski says he's out of cast

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski made a volunteer appearance at a Belmont, Mass., elementary school as part of the NFL's "Play 60" initiative, and provided an update on his injured forearm.

"No cast. It's been a lot of weeks now; now I'm just in the rehab part of it," Gronkowski told Brian Lowe of Patriots.com. "Getting it better. Getting it stronger. Getting it totally healthy now. Just taking it day by day, basically, with the rehab. Week by week. Once I'm 100 percent healthy, I'm definitely going to grind, hit it, hit the upper body, get stronger, and get ready for the season."

As for the attention he receives wherever he goes, Gronkowski tells Lowe, "I've just been living my life how I have been, with my family, with my friends, since I was a young kid. I appreciate everyone's support of me, just worrying about my arm, just making sure I'm 100 percent healthy -- which I totally agree because I definitely want to be 100 percent healthy. I love playing the game of football. I love the game of football. To this day, I always wonder, without sports where would I be? I just have to appreciate that and just watch out, totally be careful out there and get my forearm 100 percent and get my body healthy so when next season rolls around I'm ready to go."

(Gronkowski's remarks came at an event that wasn't open to non-team affiliated reporters.)