FOXBORO — Rob Gronkowski returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since pulling up with an apparent lower body injury Aug. 15 against the Bears.
The Patriots star tight end went through individual football drills after stretching with the team, the first time he’s been cleared to do that since going out on a sideline route and pulling up lame when going up for a pass from Tom Brady.
Before practice, Gronkowski had some fun on social media, taking a jab at the Cowboys for lifting the “Do Your Job” credo from the Patriots of 2014. He tweeted, “Hmm, the Cowboys’ new slogan sounds familiar … What are your thoughts??? #DoYourJobGate.”
The Patriots worked out in shorts and shells on the upper grass fields outside Gillette Stadium.
Among those missing were Shaq Mason, Jonathan Cooper, Alan Branch, Dion Lewis and Sebastian Vollmer.
Danny Amendola was again on hand for stretching but not with a helmet or shoulder shells, like the rest of the team, as he remains on the PUP list.
Amendola joined a group of Patriots that stretched and then went down the hill to the lower field to continue their work, separate from the team. Joining Amendola on the lower field were Malcolm Mitchell, Shea McClellin, Jabaal Sheard and Tre’ Jackson.
There was a special guest on hand as rock star Jon Bon Jovi attended practice and chatted with Patriots owner Robert Kraft during the media portion of practice. Bon Jovi’s music was playing on the speakers during stretching.
Bon Jovi’s former Arena League team, the Philadelphia Soul will battle the Arizona Rattlers this Friday in Arena Bowl XXIX at the same time Bill Belichick’s Patriots will play the Carolina Panthers in the third preseason game.