Report: Gronkowski breaks his forearm By Zuri Berry Globe Staff November 19, 2012
FOXBOROUGH -- Affable tight end Rob Gronkowski can at times seem invincible, lugging around defensive backs as easily as he catches touchdown passes. On Sunday though, that aura of invincibility was tainted after he left the field with less than four minutes left in the Patriots’ 59-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Gronkowski broke his arm, according to a report by CSNNE.com Insider Tom E. Curran. Gronkowski’s forearm was X-rayed after the game.
Huge loss for New England, especially with Hernandez being banged up as well. Gronk allows New England to run that hurry up so good because he's a great blocker and obviously a great pass catcher. I'm expecting the Jets to see a lot of 4 WR and 1 back looks this Thursday night at MetLife Stadium.
Visanthe Shiancoe might be worth a look in some deep leagues or even if you have Gronk and want a replacement TE who will probably see all of the reps.
Broken arm may shelf Gronk 4-6 weeks By Jeff Howe Monday, November 19, 2012
The Patriots have dealt with a rash of key injuries this season, but they might have suffered their greatest blow yesterday.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski broke his forearm during a late extra point, and he’s been told he’ll miss 4-6 weeks, according to sources close to the player.
That was a brutal way for him to conclude a historic day. Gronkowski caught seven passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns, and he became the first tight end in history to have three consecutive seasons with at least 10 touchdowns.
Now, he’ll be racing to return to the field before the playoffs. The Patriots’ next four games are against the Jets, Dolphins, Texans and 49ers. They play the Dolphins and Jaguars to close out the regular season.
Gronkowski is second on the Patriots with 53 receptions and 748 receiving yards, but he leads the team in offensive touchdowns.
Patriots Blog Reports: Gronkowski out for remainder of postseason January 13, 2013 7:24 pm By Mike McDermott
According to reports by ProFootballTalk.com and NFL.com, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski broke his left forearm -- the same injury he suffered against Indianapolis in mid-November -- and will miss the remainder of the postseason.
Report: Infection jeopardizes Rob Gronkowski’s availability for start of the 2013 regular season
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has suffered a setback in his surgically-repaired left forearm that has placed his availability for the start of the 2013 regular season in jeopardy, Ron Borges and Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald report.
Gronkowski initially broke his forearm while blocking on an extra point during a 59-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 11. The injury required surgery that kept the two-time Pro Bowler out for five games, but Gronkowsi would return for the regular season finale and the playoffs.
While attempting to haul in a pass down the sideline in the first quarter of the divisional playoff game against the Houston Texans, Gronkowski landed on his forearm and suffered a break just above where a plate had been installed in the initial surgery. Gronkowski had surgery to repair that break, but developed an infection that required a third procedure in February.
Has there been any reports of the medical staff handling Gronk's recovery and okaying his return to play coming upder any heat for letting him play when the risk for re-injury may have been too high? Could be its time to move entirely away from medical staff employed by teams, lest a conflict of interests occurs. Hope Gronk can fully recover and continue a remarkable career. In the meantime, how much higher does Hernandez climb on your draft board?
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Rob Gronkowski arm issue brings many concerns Doc: Beware infection Monday, April 8, 2013 By: Jeff Howe
As Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski approaches a crucial medical examination, one independent field expert stressed the possible impact of a long-term infection.
Dr. Ben Wedro, who practices emergency medicine at Gundersen Clinic in Wisconsin and has provided medical information for media outlets at the Olympics, said the severity of a potential chronic infection could derail his record-setting start with the Pats.
Gronkowski is nearing the conclusion of a six-week antibiotic cycle to combat an infection in a broken left arm that has already required three surgeries, and there is concern that the infection has not gone away. That will be determined this week.
If the infection has been cured, doctors can insert a metal plate in his arm to start a 10-week recovery period. But if the infection still exists, that process will continue to be put on hold.
“If you have issues with reinfection of the bone and the plate, there can be long-term consequences that the bone will not heal,” said Wedro, who does not have direct knowledge of Gronkowski’s situation. “It may need significant time to heal. That means sometimes that they have to take the plate out, wash the wound out and let all of the infection completely resolve before they go back in and do a repair. Sometimes, you can get a chronic non-union, or non-healing, of the bone.”
More specifically, what could that mean for Gronkowski’s football career? After all, the three-year veteran signed a $54 million contract extension through 2019, and became the first tight end in history to score at least 10 touchdowns in his first three seasons, including a record 18 scoring grabs in 2011.