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Rob Gronkowski, Patriots aiming for Week 1 return

Rob Gronkowski recently assured reporters that he has encountered no setbacks in his surgically repaired knee, but the New England Patriots tight end has been unwilling to put a timetable on his return to game action.

According to NFL Media's Albert Breer, the goal is for Gronkowski to be on the field for the season opener at Miami.

Gronkowski's rehab has been a lot smoother than last offseason's. The Patriots aren't going to take any risks, though. Gronkowski will spend a portion of the next month rehabbing near Foxboro.

It's possible that Gronk's knee will be ready for the start of training camp in late July, Breer reported on Friday's edition of NFL Total Access, but the Patriots won't do anything to jeopardize his chances of being ready for Week 1.

After listening to the past month's manufactured debate that he is no longer an elite quarterback, a hyper-motivated Tom Brady has to be ecstatic that his difference-making go-to target is on track to resume NFL dominance in September.

In the latest episode of the "Around The League Podcast," the heroes discuss the winners and losers of minicamp season.

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