Now for the news: Gronkowski’s ankle feels better

INDIANAPOLIS — The bulk of Media Day questions hurled at Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski concerned his left ankle, which is no surprise given it’s the only major injury storyline of this Super Bowl.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski answers questions during Media Day. (Ben Liebenberg/NFL)

Gronkowski injured the ankle during the AFC Championship Game two weeks ago has shown improvement since landing in Indianapolis. He went without the walking boot on Tuesday that he had when the Patriots’ team plane landed Sunday. According to Gronkowski, the walking boot came off Monday and “is off” for good.

“I’m just going day by day, every single day, just working with the training staff, and whatever the training staff wants me to do, that’s what I’m doing,” Gronkowski said. “I’m making new steps every day, and I’m feeling better every day. That’s a positive sign. You just want to keep going in a positive direction, and I want to be out there with the team, obviously. I want to help out the team, obviously.”

Gronkowski said he is “not really worried” about his status for Sunday’s game against the Giants.

“That’s on Sunday, and the only thing I’m worried about is today, getting better today, keep on improving today, keep on getting better today, keep on progressing today,” Gronkowski said.

Although he has taken the injury situation day by day, all of Gronkowski’s work has been focused on preparing him to play in Super Bowl XLVI, an opportunity that hasn’t been lost on the second-year tight end.

“This is an once-in-a-lifetime chance, and I’m having a good time with my teammates,” Gronkowski said. “This is the last week the team’s going to be together, and I’m having a blast with my friends, having a blast with my coaches and having a blast with everyone.”

— Matt Florjancic, Special to

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