FOXBORO -- After a report surfaced Wednesday that Rob Gronkowski could return in time to play against the 49ers Sunday night at Gillette, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about the progress the star tight end is making from his broken forearm.
"It's day-to-day. Hopefully today is better than yesterday and hopefully tomorrow will be better than today."
Gronkowski broke his left forearm on the final extra point late in the fourth quarter of New England's 59-28 rout of the Colts at Gillette Stadium on Nov. 18. He broke it when he raised his arm at the last moment to try and keep former Patriots player Sergio Brown from running off the edge and through the line. Gronkowski had surgery the next day and was expected to miss four-to-six weeks.
Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe reported that Gronkowski was going to make an attempt to practice this week  in an effort to return in time for Sunday night's game against San Francisco.
Gronkowski could return Wednesday to practice as it is only a walk-through, with no contact.
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