Rob Gronkowski issues brief statement: Good to be back at practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski did not answer questions from reporters on Friday, but stopped briefly at his locker to issue the following statement:

"I'm doing everything I can to get better every single day and it feels good to be back with my teammates – just mentally and physically to be back with them out on the practice field. Any other questions, you have to talk to Coach Belichick."

Gronkowski has practiced the last two days, which is the first time he has done so since sustaining a bone bruise/sprain in his right knee. He had limited participation on Thursday and the team will provide his official status for Sunday night's game against the Houston Texans later Friday.

Earlier Gronkowski had popped into the locker room and reporters raced over to him, only to have him scoot away with a smile.

"That was a serious juke!" he said, smiling as he walked into the athletic training room.