“He’s a great player,” Brady said. “I always wish we’d have everyone, whether it’s Jules Julian Edelman or Gronk. Different guys are dealing with different things. It’s part of football season. You still have to be mentally tough to overcome whatever adversity you face and try to win a game. It may take on a little different form.”

But it’s unclear whether Gronkowski will become match-fit. The club and his family issued a joint statement on Thursday. “There is no timetable for his readiness to return, which will be determined in the days or hours prior to the appropriate game.”

Edelman is still out of practice. Staring safety Patrick Chung also returned to practice on Thursday after missing Wednesday.