New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was carted off the field earlier today with what appeared to be a serious knee injury. Gronk caught a ball right down the seam, and Cleveland safety T.J. Ward delivered a scary blow to his right knee, causing Gronk to go down in a fit of pain.
PFT has reported that Gronk will undergo an MRI on his knee tomorrow, but the initial reports on his knee are “not encouraging”, and according to their sources, its “not looking good”. This is horrible news for a Patriots offense that was finally beginning to take off, and look like the dominant unit that they used to be. Gronkowski is a big reason why they were playing well, and now that he appears to be out, New England will have to find a way to produce without big number 87. In the games before Gronkowski returned from his forearm injury, the Pats ranked 17th in points per game, 19th in passing yards per game, and were 30th in the league in red zone efficiency. In the games where Gronk has been on the field, those numbers jump up to first in points, sixth in passing yards, and fifth in red zone efficiency