BOSTON (CBS) – Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s ankle injury has prevented him from practicing thus far, but according to a report, that will not prevent him from playing in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

“Barring a setback in practice this week, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will play in Super Bowl XLVI,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted on Thursday. “[He is] expected to be limited at practice today.”

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Gronkowski spoke with reporters on Thursday morning, and he again faced a barrage of questions about his injured left ankle.

“It’s way better now than it was a week ago, so that’s all that matters,” Gronkowski said. “Taking positive strides, feeling way better. The pain’s obviously been down way more than it was a week ago. It gets better every day, and that’s all I can ask for.”

The 22-year-old also detailed what he has been doing while his teammates have been practicing.

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“I spent extra time doing mental reps, learning the plays, making sure I’m ready, making sure I know my routes and my assignments in the blocking game,” Gronkowski said. “[I’m preparing] mentally, so when it does come down physically, I’m not thinking about what I gotta do.”

Gronkowski also wouldn’t rule out the possibility of being pain-free come Sunday night.

“Hopefully, man. You never know. When it comes down to game time, with the adrenaline rush and everything, I might be feeling like, I don’t even know if I’ll be able to feel it, because you’re just so hyped up and so motivated,” Gronkowski said. “But that’s the thing. I don’t know yet, because you gotta wait till the game. But that’s why we’re just taking it day by day.”

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Just to have some fun with reporters, Gronkowsi walked in to the media session with an over-exaggerated limp.