It appeared that tight end Rob Gronkowski had hurt his right ankle on a 17 yard reception late in the fourth quarter in today’s game, however according to Mike Florio of PFT, Gronk is just fine.
Gronkowski limped off the field and missed one play, before returning to the game, where he was targeted by Tom Brady on a key third and two. It is important for the Patriots offense that Gronk is okay, because the impact that he has on them, is incredible. Gronk is an impossible cover for every defensive player in the NFL, which not only translates to big numbers for him, but it also opens up a lot of opportunities for everybody else. Gronkowski hauled in six catches for 127 yards today in Houston, including an impressive 23 yard touchdown grab in the first quarter.
As Florio mentions, Gronk has had a history of injuries, with his most recent one causing him to miss a substantial amount of games. Losing him to another injury in this injury clad season would really demoralize the Pats, and even though they have shown great resolve thus far in 2013, I don’t know if they would be able to recover from losing big number their big tight end.