Will Gronk play? Belichick's awkward exchange with reporter

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick answers reporters questions during a news conference at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Jan. 24, 2018. (Pool)

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was provoked into an uncomfortable back-and-forth with a reporter Wednesday when asked about tight end Rob Gronkowski's head injury.

Gronk sustained a helmet-to-helmet hit Sunday in the AFC Championship game and was put into the league's concussion protocol.

At a news conference, Belichick got into an awkward exchange with a reporter when asked about Gronkowski's status.

Reporter: "Can you give us an update on Rob Gronkowski? Has he finished his concussion protocol? Do you expect him to play?"

Belichick: "Yeah, we'll be compliant with NFL injury report and when that's required we’ll put it on."

Reporter: "When is that process completed, finished?"

Belichick: "When what process is finished?"

Reporter: "The concussion report, the ... "

Belichick: "Whatever his situation is, whatever his status is, then we’ll put it on the injury report. We’ll make sure you’re the first one to get it."

Reporter: "I’m sure you will."

Belichick: "Yeah. Not a problem."

Reporter: "Do you expect him to play?"

Belichick: "We’ll put it right on the injury report and that's what we’re going to do."

Reporter: "OK."

Belichick: "Just like everybody else does."

Later that afternoon, the injury report noted that Gronkowski suffered a concussion. It remains unclear if he will play in the Super Bowl.

During interviews with Sports Team 10, several players were mum about Gronk's status. They instead said they are just focused on the big game.

"You know, obviously guys have to handle their own business and take care of all the logistics and hopefully you can do that as quickly as possible so that you can move on to what is the most important thing for this team," said wide receiver Chris Hogan. "We have a job to do and that's to get ready to play the Eagles and go out there and win a football game."

Danny Amendola, another wide receiver, shared similar sentiments.

"It's all football time," he said.

The Patriots play the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis on Feb. 4.

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