Patriots TE Gronkowski Set to Return Soon?

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December 12, 2012 at 04:47pm ET

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It's been a while since we've seen a Gronk Spike. (FILE:USPresswire)

It's been a while since Patriots fans have seen Rob Gronkowski on the football field, but it sounds like it won't be much longer before the "Gronk Spike" returns.

According to the Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young, the 3rd year tight end may be returning to practice this week, less than four weeks after suffering a broken forearm in the closing minutes of the Patriots 59-24 rout over the Indianapolis colts.

Gronk reportedly wasn't seen during the media portion of Wednesday's practice session, and - not that it was really a surprise - Bill Belichick didn't have much to say about the tight end during his press conference.

"Day-to-day," said Belichick when asked about Gronkowski's status. "Hopefully today is better than yesterday. Hopefully tomorrow will be better than today."

It would be a surprise to see Gronkowksi return so soon after his injury, but not unprecedented. Teammate Edelman suffered a broken arm back on October 18 of the 2009 season against the Titans during a 59-0 rout in the snow, and then returned for their Week 10 game less than four weeks later on November 15th against the Colts.

Not knowing the severity of the original injury for Gronkowski, any timetable is simply speculation and all we can hope for is that he doesn't try to come back before he's really ready. However, the fact we're already hearing his name is a good sign and hopefully we'll see him in the coming weeks.