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Rob Gronkowski’s mother defends her son and says ‘Robbie is dying to play’

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Some of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s teammates are allegedly questioning the severity of the injuries that have prevented him from playing this season.

Gronkowski has every right to be offended by those allegations, but somebody else is sticking up for him right now.

His mom.

Diane Gronkowski heard about the report that broke this past Sunday about her son’s teammates questioning why an independent physician (Dr. James Andrews) is involved in the decision-making process. Those teammates have also allegedly questioned why the tight end looks strong in practice, but does not play.

Gronkowski’s mom is not happy.

“All I can say is Robbie is dying to play. He wants to get out there,” she told “He’s doing what he has to do to get back playing. He doesn’t like it. He wants to play. It really bothers him that he’s not playing.”

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Gronkowski is currently recovering from back and forearm injuries and has not played this season. He has endured four surgeries to repair a left forearm that he broke twice during the 2012 regular and postseason, which is the main reason why has missed every game this year.

“The same people who criticize him for not coming back are the same people who say he came back too soon last time,” Diane Gronkowski told the “It is what it is. Rob is the only one who can make this decision. Anybody else who has a comment to make positively or negatively aren’t Rob. They aren’t in his shoes. They didn’t go through the surgeries that he went through.

“When they go through four arm surgeries, a back surgery, and a foot surgery in a year and a half, then they can make the comments. After the third (forearm) surgery, Robbie said, ‘I’m never doing this again.’ And weeks later, he’s back in for the fourth one. So he doesn’t want to go back where he was and start all over again. It wasn’t fun. It was so discouraging.”

Judging the fiery attitude of Gronkowski’s mom, the Patriots should see if she would like to take her son’s place against the New York Jets this Sunday.

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