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Rob Gronkowski Injury Status Update Ahead Of Tomorrow's Game At Bills

Rob Gronkowski walks off the field after Super Bowl loss to the Patriots.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots walks off the field after his teams 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The latest Rob Gronkowski injury cost him last weekend's road game, a 38-31 New England Patriots win at the Chicago Bears.

Gronk, the Pats' brilliant and oft-injured tight end, has been dealing with a back injury, which kept him from traveling to Chicago last week.

This weekend, the Patriots travel to face Gronkowski's hometown club, the AFC East rival Buffalo Bills.

The latest Rob Gronkowski injury news is good for New England; he expects to play this weekend.

Gronkowski was a limited participant in practice Thursday. However, he says he's feeling significantly better.

From WEEI:

“Obviously, I feel better," he said. "I have been taking steps every single day forward. That is all I can ask for, taking steps every day forward and definitely at this time last week way better because every day I have been taking steps forward to get better and get back on the field to help out this team.”

Gronkowski added: “I feel good. Just doing everything that I need to do. Whatever the training staff, whatever I can do out on the field, whatever the coaches ask me to do. Just taking it day-by-day, one step at a time to get back out on the field.”

Gronkowski hasn't had a huge season to this point, with 26 receptions for 405 yards and one touchdown thus far.

He's been very productive during his career against the Bills. In 13 games, Gronk has 66 receptions for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns.