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Robert Kraft on a Rob Gronkowski return: ‘He hasn’t put his retirement papers in’

Asked before Thursday’s game about the possibility of Rob Gronkowski returning to the Patriots, owner Robert Kraft appeared to keep the door wide open for a possible return for the tight end.

“We all love Gronk and I think the bottom line is, he hasn’t put his retirement papers in. We can pray and hope,’’ Kraft told the NFL Network. “I think that’s a good academic argument that there is hope with Gronk.’’

Because Gronkowski hasn’t filed his retirement paperwork — according to Kraft — it could pave the way for his return. Many players wait to officially file with the league.