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Rob Gronkowski fully participates in practice, eyes return vs. Giants

The Bucs tight has played only six snaps since the Week 3 game against the Rams.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has played only six snaps since suffering a rib injury in the Week 3 loss against the Rams, was a full participant in practice Thursday.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has played only six snaps since suffering a rib injury in the Week 3 loss against the Rams, was a full participant in practice Thursday. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Nov. 18
Updated Nov. 18

TAMPA ― Tom Brady may get one of his favorite targets back Monday night against the Giants.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has played only six snaps since suffering a rib injury in the Week 3 loss to the Rams in Los Angeles, was a full participant in practice Thursday.

Linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul practiced again as he continues to fight through a torn labrum and finger injury.

“It’s a big injury, something I’ve got to deal with, but I’m going to ride it until the wheels fall off,” Pierre-Paul said. “I’ve got to feel it. Even though I’m in pain, I’ve got to feel it. There ain’t nothing like feeling it. Last week, I went out there Sunday, and I won’t say I didn’t feel it, but I didn’t feel that type of physicalness during the week. Then when I first got hit, I was like, ‘Yo, it’s a football game, let’s go.’”

“But I want to actually feel it from my teammates, and then as we get to Monday night, I’ll already have been through all that pain, but it’s that pain that you’ve got to get past.”

The news is not as good for wide receiver Antonio Brown, who did not participate due to an ankle injury but caught footballs from a JUGS machine.

Cornerback Dee Delaney is in concussion protocol.

Receiver Chris Godwin (foot) had limited participation in practice.

Defensive tackle Vita Vea also is out with a knee injury and did not practice.

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