Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has worked to overcome mental and physical hurdles, report says

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has worked to overcome mental and physical hurdles, report says

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has missed four consecutive games for the Patriots while battling a slew of injuries, and reports indicate he’s had to deal with mental problems alongside his ankle and back injuries.

According to NFL Network, a few close friends of Gronkowski had to help the 29-year-old get his mind back in the right place.

“Look, Gronk a couple weeks ago clearly wasn’t feeling himself,” reporter Mike Giardi said Wednesday on the NFL Network (via 247Sports). “He had a press conference here that was very odd, low tempo, low energy from him. He was a little sulky after the fact. And he got talked to by some people close to him and sort of [said], ‘Hey, stop feeling sorry for yourself, refocus on getting better, refocus on being a dominating player.'”

Giardi also said Gronkowski was close to playing this past week against the Titans, when the Patriots were routed in a 34-10 upset. While he probably could have taken the field, the team decided it was best for their star tight end to get a full month of rest before he returns.

Gronkowski has recorded 29 receptions for 448 yards and a touchdown through the seven games he has played this season, which is down significantly from past seasons for the five-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion.

The Patriots have a bye this week, so Gronkowski could have a chance to return against the Jets on Nov. 25.