New England Patriots

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 09: Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots celebrates his touchdown in the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

By Matt McCarthy,

Some people around football aren’t ready to close the door on Rob Gronkowski possibly returning to the New England Patriots.

Count Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk among those believing that Gronk could come out of retirement in time for the playoffs.

In an interview with Zolak and Bertrand, Florio said he was told by somebody close to the situation that Gronkowski has a 40 percent chance to play football again.

“I was told back in July that the chances of Gronk un-retiring are 40 percent,” Florio said. “This is from somebody who should know what is going on with the Gronk situation, and that the one big factor would be a phone call from Tom Brady, a personal plea from Tom Brady: ‘Please Rob, come back and play.'”

Gronkowski would have to make that decision by the Tuesday after Week 13 to be eligible for the postseason.

It should be noted that Florio’s information on the matter is from July, before Gronkowski’s public endorsement of CBD in August. It’s unclear how that might affect Gronk’s status with the league should he want to return.

You can listen to the full interview here, starting at the 26:45 mark:

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