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The question now is can Gronkowski the horse clear medical tests, like his homo sapien namesake, and take his place on his sport's biggest stage?

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reports the Patriots expect both Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady to play in 2018.

Appearing in full motocross garb, Gronkowski discussed the Monster Energy Supercross event at Gillette Stadium, his childhood love of bikes and four-wheelers and more.

"No", Gronkowski said when asked if he would be joining his teammates for optional activities, according to the Boston Herald's Ross Gienieczko. The latest controversy is his willingness to not attend Patriots offseason workouts in which he was viewed hanging out with a Sports Illustrated model instead. Something like "I'm just here to talk about motocross" wouldn't have been almost as bad of a look as what he actually did.

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Gronkowski, on the other hand, reportedly wants a new contract. It may go either way for the Patriots with at least one more season in contention or potentially the start of a dismantling of one of the most successful runs in National Football League history. Belichick used Butler for one special-teams play despite the cornerback taking practice reps days before the Super Bowl. "It's hard to be a player under coach Belichick with the way he coaches".

But now comes word that Gronkowski, the horse, might have run into a spot of trouble, with British trainer Jeremy Noseda telling RacingPost.com that the unbeaten colt has an issue that could preclude him from running at Churchill Downs. Noseda and his family are huge Patriots fans, and the decision was reached to name it after the player nicknamed "Gronk".

For once, we have Gronkowski-related injury news that won't directly affect the New England Patriots.

Gronkowski needs to end the sideshow - or risk finally finding out that every exception to the rule has an expiry date.