Pats' Gronkowski cleared to make NFL return

Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots celebrates with Tom Brady after the Pats scored a...

Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots celebrates with Tom Brady after the Pats scored a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images/AFP)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:41 PM ET

Like a songbird chirping to all who would listen, NFL super agent Drew Rosenhaus informed various media outlets on Friday that tight end Rob Gronkowski had received medical clearance to play.

In the world of New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, it figures. If there was any way the hated Patriots could screw up his week, they’d find it.

“I don’t know if they were saving him for us, but I had a funny feeling he would play against us,” Ryan told reporters on Friday, adding that they have been preparing for Gronk to suit up against them on Sunday.

Why wouldn’t they? In his past two meetings against the Jets, Gronk has made 17 receptions and scored four touchdowns.

Welcome to Rex Ryan’s nightmare.

For years, the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick duo has been Ryan’s Kryptonite. They are everything he has strived to be. A coach who can blueprint an opponent’s weakness and a quarterback who can lethally follow that game plan to the letter.

 


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