Jaguars S Barry Church fined for hit on Pats' Rob Gronkowski

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- Tight end Rob Gronkowski was back on the field Saturday, returning from concussion protocol as the New England Patriots prepare for the Super Bowl. But even as he gets ready to play in his 8th Super Bowl he is still considered one of the best players to play in the game.

The NFL's concussion protocol, which allows players to participate in non-contact practice situations before they are officially cleared.

Gronkowski hadn't been on the practice field since his second-quarter exit from the AFC title game following a helmet-to-helmet hit from Jaguars safety Barry Church. "It obviously hurts when he's not out there for a lot of reasons".

Because the Patriots actually didn't practice on Wednesday, the injury report is only a projection as to whether he would have taken part if a practice had been held.

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"It's always great to have him out there".

The Patriots depart for Minnesota on Monday.

Those instances don't include any stints on injured reserve, including his season-ending ACL tear in December 2013. And the chances of each playing in Super Bowl LII just went way up. And, it has huge implications for the Super Bowl.

He was taken to the locker room, and never returned to the game.

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