Patriots' Gronkowski misses practice again


Rob Gronkowski was absent from the New England Patriots’ practice for the second consecutive day with an injured left ankle.


WIVB-TV in Buffalo, where the Pro Bowler grew up, reported that his father, Gordy Gronkowski, said he has a high ankle sprain. The station said his father expects him to be fine for the Super Bowl.

The Patriots have not disclosed the extent of the injury.

Gronkowski’s 17 touchdown catches set an NFL single-season record for tight ends.


BUCCANEERS: Greg Schiano couldn’t resist the challenge of trying to transform Tampa Bay into a winner.

The 45-year-old architect of a stunning college football turnaround at Rutgers was formally introduced Friday as the “right man” to the lead the NFL’s youngest team to playoff contention – and beyond.

“I don’t believe in doing anything except to be the best,” Schiano told a packed auditorium inside the team’s posh headquarters and training facility. “We’re going to try to be the best starting today. How long that’s going to take, I can’t tell you that. ... But when our best is the best, we’ll be Super Bowl champs.”

Schiano took over a struggling program at Rutgers and turned it into a Big East contender during an 11-year run.

The Bucs are banking on him to have the same kind of impact in Tampa Bay, which has not won a playoff game since winning it’s only NFL title in 2002.


DOLPHINS: Hired former Green Bay coach Mike Sherman as offensive coordinator and Cincinnati assistant Kevin Coyle as defensive coordinator.


BROWNS: Pat Shurmur hired former Minnesota coach Brad Childress as his first offensive coordinator, reuniting two coaches who spent seven seasons together on Andy Reid’s staff with the Philadelphia Eagles.


RAVENS: Opted for continuity in its coaching staff, promoting linebackers coach Dean Pees to replace defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano and retaining offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.



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