Kraft Still Hopes TE Rob Gronkowski Could Play, Gronk Won’t Rule It Out

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft stated Thursday on the NFL Network that he still hopes retired TE Rob Gronkowski could play for the Patriots this year.

“We all love Gronk, and I think the bottom line is he hasn’t put his retirement papers in. So we can always pray and hope,” Kraft said h/t ProFootballTalk. “There is hope for us still with Gronk.”

Gronkowski, who was hired as an NFL Analyst for FOX, admitted during his debut on FOX’s pre-game show for Thursday Night Football that he has not closed the door on returning to the NFL.

“I would have to be feeling it, feeling it big time to come back,” Gronk said h/t Henry McKenna. “It’s always going to be open in my mind.