• Gronk cleared from NFL concussion protocol, league says

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    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol.

    The league announced the update to Gronk's status just before 4 p.m. Thursday.

    The star tight end is scheduled to speak in his first formal news conference since being injured during the AFC Championship game at 5 p.m.

    Speaking to reporters Tuesday night after an event promoting Madden 18, Gronk told reporters he would play in the Super Bowl.

    Jacksonville Jaguars safety Barry Church has reportedly been fined more than $24,000 for the hit, which took the Patriots tight end out just before halftime.

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