According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1, tight end Rob Gronkowski has suffered a torn ACL, which resulted from a nasty hit safety T.J. Ward of the Cleveland Browns delivered in the Pats 27-26 win. If this report is true, then Gronk would be out for the remainder of the 2013 season, and missing the beginning of the 2014 season would also not be out of the question.
The injury bug has hit New England hard this year, having taken away five of their top players, not including the injuries sustained to wide receivers Kenbrell Thompkins, and Aaron Dobson. Every team has to fight through injuries to win a championship, but the amount of missing players that the Pats have had to deal with, is unheard of. Other than Tom Brady, Gronkowski is probably the last guy on the Patriots roster that you want to see go down, largely due to his insane skill-set. Once Gronk returned to the lineup, New England’s offense instantly began to produce like the Patriots of old, even drawing comparisons to the explosive 2011 and 2012 units. However with Gronkowski now out, it is back to the drawing board for Belichick and company, as adjusting to losing someone like that, is one of the hardest things a football team has to do.