According to NFL reporter Ian Rapoport, Rob Gronkowski has cleared the concussion protocol and will appear in the Super Bowl this Sunday. This, I guess, is as an good argument as any for having two weeks between the conference championships and the league's title game. After all, you want as many stars to play as you can in the biggest showcase of the year.
Gronk had suffered the injury after he took a pop from Jacksonville safety Barry Church in the second quarter of the AFC Championship that went down a week-and-a-half ago. The play was flagged, though it probably should not have been.
The official development comes just two days after Gronkowski told media he expected to play in Sunday's game. For the fifth time in his career, Gronk was named first-team All-Pro this past season. He ended the year (or at least the regular season) with 69 catches for 1,084 yards and 8 touchdowns in 14 games.