Rob Gronkowski returned to practice for the first time since injuring his right knee on Nov. 29th.

Gronkowski was wearing a protective sleeve/brace over his right knee.

Gronkowski missed Wednesday's full-pads practice, and he was held out of all practices last week.

When asked about Gronkowski, Tom Brady said Wednesday: "He's a great player. 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."