New England Patriots

Rob Gronkowski is likely cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol, making him a virtual certainty to suit up and play without limitation in Super Bowl LII.

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted on Thursday about Gronkowski’s availability for the media at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. – an indication that he’s been cleared from the protocol. The fifth and final step clears a player for “full football activity,” which includes media obligations ahead of a game.

Although the feeling all along was that Gronkowski would be able to play in Super Bowl LII against the Eagles, Gronkowski still needed to be officially cleared for full contact as well as full football activities. Now that he’ll be meeting with reporters, surrounded by cameras and bright lights and microphones, that’s the strongest indication yet that Gronk’s concussion is in the past.

Expect Gronk to be on the field and play his usual full-time role against the Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday.