After missing the entire preseason recovering from right knee surgery, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is ready to return to the field for Sunday's regular-season opener at Miami.
"I'm ready to go. I'll be playing," he said.
Gronkowski did not suit up for New England's preseason games but participated in a limited basis in some 11-on-11 sessions. He is expected to be limited if not operating on a snap count maximum for at least one week.
"We were fully prepared," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said of the news Gronkowski will play. "We'll be ready for him, for sure."
In one game against the Dolphins last season, Gronkowski had two catches for 27 yards. He missed the Dec. 15 game at Miami.
Gronkowski has been slowed by injuries that past two seasons. He broke a collarbone in 2012 and tore an ACL in 2013. The injuries limited him to 17 games during that span.
Gronkowski played seven games last season before the ACL tear.
When Gronkowski did play last season, he was productive. In those seven games, he made 39 receptions for 592 yards with four touchdowns.