What has been feared by the Patriots was confirmed today, as it was reported that tight end Rob Gronkowski has torn his ACL and MCL, which will cause him to miss the rest of the 2013 season (and possibly parts of next season). New England didn’t waste any time making the correct moves to help the team, placing Gronk on the IR list, and re-signing tight end D.J. Williams.
Gronkowski injured his knee on a nasty collision in the third quarter of yesterday’s game against Cleveland, and it was apparent as soon as he was hit, that he would most likely not be able to return. Knees are just not meant to bend like Gronk’s right knee did, and it is really a sad sight to see such a hard worker go down just like that.
The Patriots have had to deal with major injuries all year long (Jerod Mayo, Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly, Sebastian Vollmer), and for the most part they have played very well without these key players. But in my opinion losing Gronk hurts more than losing any of those guys, especially with the playoffs just around the corner. Aside from Tom Brady, I feel like Gronkowski is the last guy the Pats could have lost to injury, just because of how dominant of a player he is. Anytime your team has Brady at quarterback, you have a chance to win it all, but the road definitely got tougher with Gronk going down.