Rob Gronkowski has confirmed that the cast has been removed from his fractured forearm, and that he is ready to resume training.
The 23-year-old told the Patriots website: "I appreciate everyone's support of me. Just worrying about my arm, just making sure I'm 100% healthy, which I totally agree because I definitely want to be 100% healthy.
"I love playing the game of football. I love the game of football. To this day, I always wonder, without sports where would I be? I just have to appreciate that and just watch out, totally be careful out there, and get my forearm 100% and get my body healthy so when next season rolls around, I'm ready to go."
Gronkowski scored 11 touchdowns during the regular season for the Patriots in 2012.