Posted January 13, 2013

Rob Gronkowski out for playoffs after reinjuring arm

New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski was catchless on one target Sunday before his injury. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Rob Gronkowski was catchless on one target Sunday before his injury. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

An injury to Rob Gronkowski proved a major obstacle for the Patriots in last season’s Super Bowl. The talented tight end’s most recent setback could be an issue if New England hopes to get back to the NFL’s big game.

Gronkowski exited Sunday’s AFC divisional-round game against Houston after landing hard on his left arm while trying to make a catch. That’s the same arm in which Gronkowski suffered a broken bone late in New England’s Week 11 win over Indianapolis. Gronkowski required surgery after the original injury, which occurred while he was blocking on an extra point. He missed the Patriots’ next five games before returning for Week 17.

He did not return to Sunday’s game, and Pro Football Talk later reported that Gronkowski will have to sit out the remainder of the postseason. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald tweeted that Gronkowski suffered another break of his left arm and will require a second surgery.

The Patriots’ team leader in touchdown receptions this season with 11, Gronkowski had a bulky wrap on his left arm to open Sunday’s game. The entire weight of his body landed on that wounded area, when Gronkowski stretched out along the sideline in an effort to haul in a Tom Brady pass.

Gronkowski immediately headed to the Patriots’ sideline with his arm held motionless. He appeared to be in a great deal of pain, too — CBS’ cameras caught him wincing, before he walked to the locker room with New England’s trainers.

New England also lost Danny Woodhead to a thumb injury early Sunday. Woodhead, however, returned to the Patriots’ lineup in the second quarter.

6 comments
bbc
bbc

Bad news for Pats as Gronk sitting out will be a huge loss for Pats and I suspect their hopes of winning a SB took a huge hit just like it happened last year against Giants when Gronk injured his ankle before the SB.

Jeif
Jeif

Suddenly...then ravens have a chance. Cruz they sure as heck didn't before hand.

BigBubba
BigBubba

I feel very bad for Gronk because he is an outstanding talent, but I really blame Bellichek for this whole thing.  What in the world was Gronk doing in that game a few months ago with such a large lead?  I love the way Bellichek coaches, but he has an arrogance to him in which he rubs it in people's faces and this one bit him in the rear.

 

Brady is the perfect antidote to Bellichek but I feel bad for him because his best target is now gone. (Welker notwithstanding)

bbc
bbc

 @BigBubba

 As ChickenWolf mentioned Gronk was part of the PAT team and the injury was just one of those things. A team can only dress so many people for a game and that's why you see plenty of players playing multiple roles, i.e., Welker as a punt returner & receiver or McCourty as a kick returner and a DB. Now if NFL changes the rules and you can dress the whole squad for a game, you may have a point.

ChickenWolf
ChickenWolf

 @BigBubba Gronk was in because hes a member of the kicking team. Doesnt matter what the score is...when its time to kick, the kicking team enters the ballgame. Members of this team dont rotate in and out depending on score. This had nothing to do with how bellichek coaches. Look at other kicking groups across the nfl. You will not see rotation of these players depending on score. 

bigcgcg
bigcgcg

 @BigBubba

 I predict that bellechick will now try to trade Gronk for a few draft choices while his value is high. IMO, these types of recurring injuries are what wreck careers.  They should never have brought him back so soon. Same with RGIII by the way.