TSN TV Schedule TSN2 TV Schedule
NFL

Source: Patriots' Gronkowski re-fractures arm, needs surgery

{eot}
Associated Press
1/13/2013 10:42:47 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski needs surgery on his broken left arm, a person with knowledge of the injury told The Associated Press.

Gronkowski was injured on the Patriots' eighth offensive play of Sunday's 41-28 victory over Houston. He previously missed five regular-season games and is done for these playoffs.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not released details of the injury.

"I'm not sure," coach Bill Belichick said after the game when asked if Gronkowski had broken his arm.

Asked if Gronkowski had been taken to a hospital, Belichick said, "Look, I just walked off the field."

He also said "he wouldn't have played if he wasn't ready" and that "the doctors handle the medical decisions."

The Patriots also lost running back Danny Woodhead for the game when he hurt his thumb carrying the ball on their first offensive play. The club provided no update on his condition.

Rookie defensive end Chandler Jones hurt his ankle later in the game.

The Patriots will be home against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC championship game next Sunday with the winner advancing to the Super Bowl two weeks later.

Gronkowski had broken his left forearm while blocking for an extra point near the end of New England's 59-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 18 and underwent surgery. He missed five games and returned for the regular-season finale, a 28-0 win over the Miami Dolphins.

He was reinjured just 6:44 into Sunday's game on a deep pass down the right sideline from Tom Brady. Gronkowski fell out of bounds as the pass dropped incomplete.

He sat on the bench, writhing in pain, while talking to team doctor Thomas Gill before heading to the locker room.

Brady provided no information on the condition of one of his most important teammates.

"I don't know anything about that," Brady said. "I haven't heard anything."

Gronkowski's teammates said that the team would miss him but that other players have to contribute.

"It's hard to replace a player like him because he's a freak of nature," tight end Aaron Hernandez said, "but everyone has to step up and everyone has to keep making plays so we can keep it rolling. (He) definitely helps me out because so much attention is on him.

"It's a big loss and you can't replace a player like him."

Last season, Gronkowski's status was listed as questionable for the Super Bowl just 48 hours before the New York Giants 21-17 victory. He had suffered a high sprain to his left ankle two weeks earlier in the Patriots' 23-20 win over the Ravens in the AFC championship game. That hampered him in the Super Bowl in which he had just two catches for 26 yards after a season in which he had 105 receptions, 15 of them in the other two post-season games.

After the season, he had arthroscopic surgery on the ankle.

On Sunday, backup tight end Michael Hoomanawanui got more action once Gronkowski left.

"I just saw him a little bit ago," Hoomanawanui said. "A guy with that much talent, it stinks. There's no other way to put it. I went down with a knee injury last year that ended my season and you never want to see that for anyone, for an opponent, but let alone a guy that you spend a lot of time with each and every day."

Asked if Gronkowski would miss the rest of the post-season, Hoomanawanui said, "I haven't heard yet. He looks like he was hurting. I'm sure we'll find out here soon enough."

Rob Gronkowski (Photo: Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

zoom

(Photo: Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Share This

Share This

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to Stumble UponAdd to Reddit
Print this Story


2014 NFL Draft

The Houston Texans selected defensive end Jadeveon Clowney first overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.


Round-by-Round Picks: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Hall Of Fame

Ray Guy, Derrick Brooks, Walter Jones, Michael Strahan, Andre Reed, and Aeneas Williams, headlined this year's Hall of Fame class. More...

Podcasts

TSN 1050: The Bryan Hayes Show: July 28 - John Kryk

SunMedia NFL Columnist, John Kryk joined Bryan Hayes to discuss the potential of Manziel & EJ Manuel's struggles in camp.

TSN 1050: The Bryan Hayes Show: July 23 - Jim Trotter

ESPN NFL Analyst, Jim Trotter joined Bryan Hayes to discuss Tony Dungy's comments about Michael Sam, Brett Favre's Packers legacy & Johnny Manziel.

TSN 1050: Gamenight: July 22 - John Kryk

NFL Columnist John Kryk of Sun Media joins Gamenight to give his training camp rundown of the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots and New York Giants.


More Podcasts

© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television