New England Patriots

If anyone would be justified to take issue with Jaguars safety Barry Church for his hit that concussed Rob Gronkowski, it’s Rob Gronkowski. But the Patriots tight end doesn’t blame Church at all for what he did.

Speaking to reporters in his first media availability since suffering a concussion during the AFC Championship Game, Gronkowski was asked if he thought Church made a dirty hit. He wouldn’t agree with that characterization.

“It’s football,” said Gronkowski. “It is what it is. It’s a split second to make a decision. Running full speed one way, I’m going the other way. It’s just part of the game. It happens. Just gotta move on.”

Rob Gronkowski is hit by Barry Church of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second quarter during the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski is hit by Barry Church of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second quarter during the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

He added that Church hasn’t reached out to him, but it’s not necessary.

Gronk confirmed on Thursday that he was cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol and told reporters he’s “ready to roll” for Super Bowl LII against the Eagles. Along with three others, Gronk was listed on Thursday’s injury report as a full participant.

— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

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