I don’t know whether to take this as good or bad news, but CSNNE is reporting that the arm injury New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered on Sunday against the Houston Texans “was not identical to the original fracture” that Gronk suffered on the 18th of November in the blowout victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Here is the link to the full piece from CSNNE.
So now the people who were blaming the Patriots for rushing Gronkowski back can eat a little bit of crow, because the fractured arm injury to the left forearm that Gronk suffered on Sunday had nothing in common with the initial injury. I think the people who blamed the Pats for rushing him back made a completely stupid claim, because the Pats actually rested Gronkowski more than they needed to in order to get him to the playoffs. I mean, he could have been ready to play in Week 16, but the Pats gave him an additional two weeks off (not including the playoff bye) to allow Gronkowski to heal.
According to a source close to CSNNE, this injury could have happened “three years from now” in that same spot, and the piece also notes that Gronk’s previous break was “fully healed” and “intact” when he went under the knife yesterday.
From the article, “There will always be a risk to the area at the end of the plate, the source explained, because of a ‘collection of stress.'”
We can only hope that Rob Gronkowski has another clean recovery, and I hope the healing process goes smoothly for him from now and into the offseason. Here’s to hoping that Michael Hoomanawanui can continue to play well in his stead, and that Aaron Hernandez can step up and light it up to help mitigate the loss of Gronk. Even without the best tight end in the NFL, the Patriots should still be able to win it all this year.
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