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Bill Belichick on Rob Gronkowski injury statement: Just trying to be helpful

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn't appear pleased Wednesday when asked about the unusual joint statement the team and tight end Rob Gronkowski's family released about Gronkowski's injury status.

Why did the team and Gronkowski release the statement?

"To try to do everything we can to help you out," Belichick answered. "Sorry if you're offended by that. Just trying to be cooperative and help you out. So if that's a problem, just let me know."

When a reporter asked if Belichick was informed before Gronkowski released a video shortly after the statement was released, Belichick said: "We did what we did. If you have any other questions, really you should take it up with our public relations department, which is very capably run by Stacey [James] and his staff."

The Patriots are usually tight-lipped about the injury status of their players, which has piqued curiosity regarding the joint statement with the team and Gronkowski family.