After two weeks of intrigue, Rob Gronkowski is ready to roll for the Super Bowl. And so is everyone else. On both teams.
The final injury reports ahead of Super Bowl LII are out, and all players listed during the week are removed on Friday’s report. Both Gronkowski and defensive end Deatrich Wise are good to go after suffering concussions.
Also removed from the final report are cornerback Malcolm Butler (illness) and special teamer Brandon King (knee).
As for the Eagles, they also listed all of their players as full participants on Friday. They are defensive tackle Tim Jernigan and cornerback Ronald Darby (illness), defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (calf), running back Jay Ajayi (ankle), and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring).
Of course, just because the Eagles are fully healthy doesn’t mean they escaped the season unscathed. If starting quarterback Carson Wentz were healthy, this Super Bowl matchup would be far more intriguing. As would be the same if the Patriots had past Super Bowl heroes like Julian Edelman and Dont’a Hightower.
But for now, the important thing for both teams is that they will be at full strength with the players they had going into the game. All that’s left is to see what happens with the coaching matchup, how Gronkowski looks, and whether the Patriots can use their running backs to their advantage.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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