Posted October 13, 2013

Rob Gronkowski’s injury situation creating reported ‘resentment’ from some Pats

AFC East, New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski's continued absences from Patriots games is reportedly causing some heat.

Rob Gronkowski’s continued absences from Patriots games is reportedly causing some heat. (AP)

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who hasn’t played since the team’s playoff win over the Houston Texans on Jan. 13, has not yet been cleared to play following several surgeries on his left forearm. One team source told ESPN’s Ed Werder that Gronkowski has created questions about his ability and availability on Sundays by going all-out in practice.

“There’s curiosity and resentment, and he’s creating it by going out and kicking ass during the week and then he doesn’t show up on game day and help the team win,” the source told Werder.

The team has maintained that it will be cautious regarding Gronkowski’s timeline. He has had four surgeries on his forearm since last season — one during the 2012 regular season, another after the Texans game and two more this offseason as an infection complicated the recovery process. Gronkowski also had surgery in June to repair a herniated disc in his back, but as Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reported this week, it’s the forearm, not the back, that has kept Gronkowski out of action.

Per Boston radio station WEEI, Gronkowski and the people close to him have “serious concerns” about the way the initial forearm surgery was handled by Patriots team physician Thomas Gill. When Gronkowski suffered the broken bone in his forearm against the Indianapolis Colts, the mutual decision was made to implant a metal plate in his arm to speed the healing process. However, Gronkowski’s camp now believes that the subsequent infection could have been avoided if he had been allowed to heal at the normal rate.

The Patriots have cleared Gronkowski to return to the active roster. But the independent team of Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Jesse Jupiter have not signed off, and until they do, it appears that Gronkowski will not play.

Some Patriots players, according to Werder, wonder why he is able to take 50 or more reps in practice every day with the scout team, doing everything a normal healthy player would do in practice, if he’s truly unable to play.

“Whatever is holding him back now isn’t going to be healed in two weeks, because there’s nothing wrong with the arm,” one source told Werder.

Team owner Robert Kraft, however, told ESPN Radio New York this week that there is no such schism in the front office.

“He’s a young man that has had a number of different operations and I just want to make clear, cause I know the media has a job to do,” Kraft said. “Our first concern is his health and safety and doing what’s in his best interest long-term. And he’s the only one who can decide when he’s ready to play and we’re completely behind whatever his decision is.”

Gronkowski was selected in the second round of the 2010 draft out of Arizona. He caught 187 passes for 2,663 yards and 38 touchdowns in his first three seasons, including a league-leading 17 in 2011. The Patriots signed him to a six-year, $53 million extension in June of 2012, the richest contract ever given to a tight end.

8 comments
AlejandroFernandez
AlejandroFernandez

I'm afraid this situation will end up damaging the relationship between Gronk and the team and we've seen how those situations end up. I think he should get his priorities straight and be honest with his teammates and the organization and come up with a date of when he will return to put a stop to all the speculation that's going on every week which doesn't help the team.

gary41
gary41

More confusion.  Aside from inadequate information all along the way, (probably MRSA related) now we find his consulting physicians have not cleared him, while the owner says Gronk has kept himself off the list.  It sounds like Gronk, for reasons uncertain, deferred playing, calling forth another medical opinion, which not surprisingly has been in agreement with the patient.   

Cowboysfan
Cowboysfan

Hey. can't you Pat fans just be happy he didn't murder some one ?

brassman
brassman

He needs to stop being a litle girl and play football.  The Pats should put him on injured reserve and let him sit out the entire year and knit sweaters.  If he can't play, ok I get it.  But playing full on during practice and then not playing during the games?  Give me a break.  He's making millions of dollars and this is getting f'in ridiculous.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Another example of the 'jock' mentality that says, "We know better than the guy that's hurt". "Rub a little dirt on it". "Just shake out the cobwebs". It seems that they should know better by now, but there are always idiots who think they know more than the doctors who've trained for this very thing.  How about naming the sources that are crying over this? Put them on the record. Or ignore them.

eddie767
eddie767

@Rickapolis If he can go all out in practice,he can play in the game. He/his posse are complaining,if he took playing as serious as he parties,his teammates wouldn't have a problem. He's acting just like D.Rose,Chi.Bulls,i'm special you need me more than i need you. Pats.brass aren't helping,since they are saying different things depending on what day it is.

magic mushroom
magic mushroom

@eddie767 @Rickapolis Dude has had multiple surgeries, i am glad he is reluctant to start..let Gronk decide when he wants to come back.  I'd personally like to see him healthy and ready for playoffs than to have the team push him to play and re-injure his forearm or back... ask RG3 how he has been after coming back prematurely? pats have already made a mistake letting welker go.. they don't want to make another one by pushing him to play when he is not cleared to.... we're still winning games without Gronk for now..this team needs to win close games, fight out for every yard unlike past years when we were blowing teams out..that kind of game lasts so long just look at the history, this team is going to surprise a lot of people come playoffs as they keep winning dog fights and are mentally stronger than the team in years past.... go Pats!