Rob Gronkowski is feeling 100 percent entering Super Bowl 53, but that wasn’t the case earlier this season.
According to NFL Network’s Michael Giardi, the Patriots believe the tight end’s participation in the TB12 Method could be linked to his injuries and has impacted his ability to stay healthy.
Gronkowski endured injuries to his Achilles and back this season, and the team has questioned whether he could have avoided the ailments had he followed New England’s workout program.
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) February 3, 2019
It’s not the first time personal trainer Alex Guerrero, who is Tom Brady’s body coach and business partner at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center, has been questioned. Last year, he reportedly created dissension within the organization as he worked privately with Brady and other key members of the team, including Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.
Gronkowski, 29, logged 47 receptions for 682 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games during the regular season. However, he averaged his fewest yards per game since his rookie season as he missed three games due to injury.
In total, the five-time Pro Bowl selection has missed 13 games over the past three years to injury, which is one reason why he considered retirement at the end of last season and will again at the conclusion of this season.
NFL Network reported sources close to Gronkowski believe his decision this time “will go the other way,” though the outcome of Sunday’s championship showdown could be a factor.
The Patriots and Rams will kick off at Mercedes-Benz Stadium at 6:30 p.m. ET.