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Osi on Gronk's ankle: "I wouldn't have been able to play"

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, right,

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, right, gains yardage as he is brought down by New York Giants outside linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka and outside linebacker Michael Boley in the first half. (Nov. 6, 2011) Credit: AP

Rob Gronkowski suffered a high ankle sprain in the AFC Championship Game and will attempt to play on it in the Super Bowl on Sunday. Osi Umenyiora suffered a high ankle sprain and missed four games because of it. Would he have been able to play after just two weeks like Gronkowski is attempting to do?

“I wouldn’t have been able to play, I know that for a fact,” Umenyiora said. “But we play different positions. Mine is more cutting, he can be more of a straight-line guy. I think with a high ankle sprain it’s not the straight-line things that get you, it’s when you cut and turn around.”

Umenyiora later softend his answer a bit.

“Two weeks in would I have been able to play? Probably I could have lined up out there. But would I have been effective? Not at all.”

Umenyiora has a good idea about how the Patriots will try to get Gronkowski on the field.

“They’re going to wrap it up, shoot it up, give him all kinds of pain killers and hope for the best,” he said. “That’s all they can do.”

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