We’re saying there’s a chance.

On Wednesday NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported that Rob Gronkowski — he of the lust for Tim Tebow’s virginity — wants to return to the field, and return soon. Then predictably another report followed from Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe, who said that Gronk will attempt to practice at some point this week.

The time is now, friends. Gronkowski was on the field today and participating in practice, although surely in a limited capacity. He won’t play this week against the 49ers, bringing his missed games total to four after he underwent surgery on his broken arm on Nov. 19. Quite unbelievably, Gronkowski is still the fantasy points leader among tight ends despite his missed time. He’s been stuck at 129 points, but Tony Gonzalez remains behind him and in second at 121.

That’s just how ridiculous Gronkowski was prior to his injury. It came when he had scored five touchdowns over four games, which also led to three games with more than 15 fantasy points over that stretch. Now there’s a chance Gronkowski owners could have him back for championship week when the Patriots have an inviting matchup against Jacksonville and their 24th-ranked pass defense.

Of course Gronk could be eased back in, as with the division clinched the need to risk further injury is minimized somewhat. But hey, Bill Belichick is still the head coach of the New England Patriots, and his stud tight end suffered this injury while blocking during an extra point attempt in a 59-24 game. Also, the Pats may indeed be solidly in the post-season dance, but even if they lose to the Niners this weekend both home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and a first-round bye remain in play.