Rob Gronkowski Injury Update: Patriots TE Needed Most in Super Bowl

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates by spiking the ball after he scored a 19-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Rob Gronkowski is the most important player for the New England Patriots as they prepare to play in Super Bowl XLVI, which is why they have to make sure he gets all the rest needed to be ready to go. 

Luckily for New England, the Patriots have two weeks until the Super Bowl kicks off, so Gronkowski should be able to play. 

The dominant tight end is one of the main reasons the Patriots have made it this far, and if he were unable to play in the biggest game of them all, New England's offense would take a major hit. 

In the third quarter of the AFC Championship Game, Gronkowski suffered a nasty ankle injury. He did return to the game but didn't make any more receptions. 

When asked about his foot, Gronkowski told Jackie MacMullan of ESPN that "it's good."

Scott Isaacs of WCVB-TV reported via Twitter that Gronkowski was in a walking boot after the game.

Now, the Boston Herald is reporting that Gronkowski will indeed play in the Super Bowl.  

We'll learn much more about Gronkowski's status in the coming weeks, but there is no denying the Patriots desperately need him on the field. 

During the regular season, Gronkowski recorded 90 receptions for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns, setting a record for most receiving yards and touchdowns by a tight end. 

In just two games this postseason, Gronkowski has 15 receptions, 232 yards and three touchdown catches, all of which came in just one game. 

Often referred to as "The Gronk" by some, this superb tight end has revolutionized the position and become an unstoppable force for New England. 

Without him, the offensive game plan virtually gets re-worked entirely. Sure, the Patriots also have Aaron Hernandez, another skilled tight end, but nobody can replace the true value of Gronkowski.

If the Patriots don't have him this season, I honestly believe they don't make it to the Super Bowl. Yes, Tom Brady is a phenomenal quarterback and can make big plays for his team, but what Grownkowski did after the catch time and time again this season is tough to copy.

The hope is that Gronkowski will be able to play, which is good because earlier this season he had great success against the New York Giants.

In Week 9, the Patriots lost at home to the Giants, 24-20, but Gronkowski still delivered a great performance. The Gronk caught eight passes for 101 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter. 

The Patriots defense then blew the game, but it's clear the Giants will once again have a difficult time slowing down Gronkowski. 

Gronkowski is a beast on the field, and his skilled talents will not be kept out of the Super Bowl, especially since he is the most valuable player on the team. If New England doesn't have him, the offense will suffer a big setback, which is the last thing it needs right now.  

Everything seems to be OK for Gronkowski at this point, but definitely stay tuned with Bleacher Report, as we will update you when more information is brought to light. 


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