Key Super Bowl matchup: Rob Gronkowski vs. Malcolm Jenkins

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Key Super Bowl matchup: Rob Gronkowski vs. Malcolm Jenkins

The New England Patriots line up against the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday in Minneapolis as Super Bowl champions, favourites to retain their title. It's a split second to make a decision.

The Eagles figured Rob Gronkowski would clear concussion protocol, and they were right.

Gronkowski suffered a concussion in the Patriots' 24-20 AFC Championship win over Jacksonville on January 21, after a second-quarter helmet-to-helmet hit by Jacksonville safety Barry Church, who was later fined $24,309 for the hit. Everything went smooth, everything went well and I got the clearance, which feels good.

If anyone would be justified to take issue with Jaguars safety Barry Church for his hit that concussed Rob Gronkowski, it's Rob Gronkowski. It's just part of the game. But Gronkowski continued to participate in non-contact drills during practice this week, indicating that his return was imminent.

According to Belichick, Gronkowski was limited at Wednesday's practice and remains in the concussion protocol. It's one more opportunity this year to go out there and play the game I love to play. I knew I was good to go. Veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins is likely to be matched up against Gronkowski on most plays. "I'm super excited. I'm always excited to get back out there on the field". Jenkins understands the hard assignment in front of him but believes the Philadelphia defense can contain Gronkowski, Tom Brady, and the rest of the New England offense.

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