The boot is off and Rob Gronkowski's ankle is feeling much better.
New England's All-Pro tight end shed his walking boot in time for media day Tuesday, and he sounded optimistic he'd be lining up against the Giants on Sunday.
"I'm improving every day," he said. "The only reason it's getting so blown up is because it's the Super Bowl. It's just like any other injury during any other week."
Gronkowski, who suffered a high left ankle sprain in the AFC title game, said he could be anywhere from in perfect health to "2 percent" for the game, adding it's still six days away.
The outgoing Gronkowski smiled frequently from the podium during his hour-long appearance that opened with a question, of course, about how he was feeling.
At one point, Gronkowski even put on a red tri-cornered hat, reminiscent of those worn by the original patriots during the era of the American Revolution.
"He's obviously making progress," QB Tom Brady said of his key pass-catcher. "He's out of his boot today, which makes me feel a lot better. I told him he should write like 'Mom I love you' on his sock or something because I'm sure there'll be a lot of pictures of his sock.''
Gronkowski set an NFL record for his position this season with 17 touchdown catches and had 90 receptions overall for 1,327 yards. He has made a team-high 15 catches for a 15.5-yard average and three TDs in the postseason.
Pats CB says he's happy for Schiano
Pats CB Devin McCourty, a former Rutgers standout , has ambivalent feelings about Greg Schiano's departure from the Scarlet Knights to become the new coach of the Buccaneers.
"It is kind of bittersweet,'' McCourt said at a Super Bowl media session in Indianapolis. "(Schiano) is a big part of my development as a player and as a person, but you have to be happy for him. I don't know any coach in that profession that doesn't dream about being a head coach at the highest level of football.''
Schiano, who was introduced as Raheem Morris' successor last week, said he had several other opportunities to leave Rutgers in recent years after resurrecting a struggling program.
"People said we were probably one of the worst programs in college football,'' McCourty said. "To build it up to what it is today says something.''
From wire reports