Shockwaves were sent across the NFL landscape after it was announced that New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to miss four to six weeks after breaking his forearm in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts. Gronk underwent surgery yesterday, but a recent report from Albert Breer suggests that Gronkowski could return sooner than we think.
Breer tweeted yesterday that Gronk will “want to play” in Week 14 in time for the game against the Houston Texans (San Francisco 49ers game is after that. He also added that “that’d be awfully quick”, but it adds a new wrinkle to the Gronkowski injury rumors floating around.
I would hate to see Gronk come back too soon from the broken arm, because it would lead to the same scenario that Aaron Hernandez went through. He came back too soon whether on his own terms or on the Patriots terms, and it ended up costing him some more games after he re-injured his ankle against the New York Jets. Hernandez is back now, but that caused him to miss a couple of more games than he should have in the end.
Gronkowski is an extremely tough player, and I think he’ll be back in four weeks if the Pats think they need him to lock up homefield advantage (or if their playoff spot is in doubt). I don’t buy the reports saying he’s going to be out for eight weeks, and I think Gronk will be ready to play by the playoffs.
The tweet from Breer shows Gronk’s sheer determination, and you really have to step back and admire this guy’s will power.
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