Rob Gronkowski Injury: Updates on Patriots Star's Forearm

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2012

Rob Gronkowski is still recovering from forearm surgery suffered when the New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts in Week 11.


UPDATE: Sunday, December 30 at 3:1o p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

As expected, Gronkowski is active for the Patriots on Sunday afternoon. From Michael Whitmer of the Boston Globe:

Patriots inactives: OLs Markus Zusevics, Nick McDonald, DBs Alfonzo Dennard, Marquice Cole, Nate Ebner, WR Kamar Aiken, DL Jake Bequette.

— Michael Whitmer (@GlobeWhitmer) December 30, 2012

It remains to be seen if Gronk will be used in anything beyond a limited role, but I'm sure Patriots fans will be thrilled just to see him back in action.

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UPDATE: Saturday, December 29 at 1:15 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Tom E. Curran of has some exciting news for Patriots fans, as it looks like Gronkowski will be on the field in the season finale against the Miami Dolphins:

Expect to see Rob Gronkowski suited up and playing Sunday in at least a limited role, according to a source. #PatriotsTalk

— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) December 29, 2012

Even using Gronk as a decoy would be a huge help for the Pats, who had a lackluster offensive performance in the first matchup, a 23-16 victory. One thing's for sure: Patriots fans will be ecstatic in Foxborough on Sunday.

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UPDATE: Friday, December 28 at 4:15 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

ESPN Boston's Mike Rodak has the latest on Gronkowski's status. It's unclear if the star tight end will play on Sunday against Miami:

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (forearm/hip) was among 20 players listed as questionable for Sunday's regular season finale against the Miami Dolphins.

Gronkowski, who has not played since Nov. 18, when he broke his forearm, exited the practice fields on Friday with the rest of his teammates. He was listed as limited in practice all week in his second full week of practice after returning from the injury.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick reiterated Friday that that Gronkowski's status for Week 17 remains a medical decision.

The dilemma is whether to get Gronk in action before the playoffs start or to continue resting him. The fact that he has practiced for two weeks is encouraging, and the Pats offense will presumably be even more explosive whenever Gronkowski does return to action.

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 23 at 1 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Not surprisingly, Gronkowski is inactive against the Jacksonville Jaguars. From Zuri Berry of

Already ruled out for Sunday's game were tight end Rob Gronkowski (forearm), linebacker Brandon Spikes (ankle, knee), and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (knee, hamstring), who were ruled out Friday and Saturday.

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UPDATE: Friday, December 21 at 12 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Boston Globe Patriots beat writer Shalise Young has the latest on Gronkowski's status:

Rob Gronkowski will not play on Sunday in Jacksonville, according to a league source

— shalise manza young (@shalisemyoung) December 21, 2012

That may sound like bad news for Patriots fans, but not necessarily. The Jags are one of the worst teams in the NFL, and the New England offense has been prolific even without Gronk in the fold. Giving him an extra week of rest as the Pats gear up for another postseason run is a smart move.

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 16 at 7 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

NFL Network reporter Albert Breer announced that Gronkowski is officially out for Sunday night's game versus the San Francisco 49ers:

Gronkowski is officially out. Only notable name on Pats' list.

— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 16, 2012



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UPDATE: Friday, December 14 at 4:50 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Rob Gronkowski has been upgraded to questionable for this Sunday's game:

#Patriots list TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm) as questionable. #49ers

— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) December 14, 2012

This is very encouraging news for the New England Patriots. Even if he does not play against the San Francisco 49ers, the designation implies that he is close to returning to the field.

As well as the offense has performed over the past few weeks without its star tight end, any team would love the return of a player that scored seven touchdowns in his last four games. 

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UPDATE: Friday, December 14 at 12:35 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald has the latest on Gronk's status for Sunday's key home game against the San Francisco 49ers: 

Rob Gronkowski is practicing today. Still wouldn't expect him to play Sunday.

— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) December 14, 2012

That's a mixed bag of news. The Pats' star tight end appears to be on track to return soon if not this week, and New England's offense has been thriving without him as it is. It's scary to think how good they'll be once Gronk returns as the team gears up for another playoff run.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, December 12 at 8:41 a.m. ET

Encouraging news for Patriots fans, as Rob Gronkowski reportedly will attempt to practice this week as he recovers from mid-season surgery, according to's Shalise Manza Young.

according to a league source, Rob Gronkowski is expected to try to practice this week. Gronkowski underwent surgery on his broken arm Nov 19

— shalise manza young (@shalisemyoung) December 12, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 2 at 11:47 a.m. ET

Rob Gronkowski is inactive today, as expected, according to NESN's Luke Hughes.

#Patriots inactives: TE Visanthe Shianoce, G Mitch Petrus, FB James Develin, DB Derrick Martin, DE Chandler Jones, Mankins and Gronkowski

— Luke Hughes (@LukeFHughes) December 2, 2012

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UPDATE: Monday, November 19, 11:30 a.m. ET by Donald Wood 

In an ironic twist, the broken forearm of New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski was reportedly caused by former Patriots and current Indianapolis Colts starting safety Sergio Brown, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

Oh wow, Sergio Brown broke Rob Gronkowski's arm. He darted through Gronkowski's block and got his arm tangled.

— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) November 19, 2012

Now that Gronkowski has undergone surgery and is on the road to recovery, it’s easy to see that this was an accident that was not in any way intentional. The tight end was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

That should teach Patriots head coach Bill Belichick for continuing to run up the score against the Colts on Sunday; Gronk should have been on the sideline when the injury occurred.

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UPDATE: Monday, November 19 at 9:59 a.m. ET

Encouraging news for Patriots and Gronkowski fans as the superstar tight end reportedly already underwent surgery to repair his broken forearm, according to NBC's ProFootballTalk

Per source, Rob Gronkowski already has had surgery."Probably" out a few weeks.

— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 19, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 18 at 10:50 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, Gronkowski will have surgery on Monday:

#Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's surgery to repair his broken forearm will likely be tomorrow, I'm told.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 19, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 18, at 9:40 p.m. ET by David Daniels


News of Rob Gronkowski's forearm injury continue to worsen.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that the all-world offensive weapon won't be in Tom Brady's arsenal for at least the next month. Rapoport tweeted:

Early word: Gronk has been informed that the initial timetable is 4-6 weeks with his broken forearm. Not good, could be worse.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 19, 2012

At least it hasn't been ruled season ending, yet.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 18, at 9:25 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

X-rays on Rob Gronkowski's forearm did not reveal good news. 

CSN New England reported the following on the star tight end:

According to a source, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered a broken forearm during the victory...

It's unknown at the moment how long he'll be sidelined.


The Patriots are already without tight end Aaron Hernandez, and losing Gronkowski for an extended period of time would badly hurt the team. 


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According to Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith, "Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is being checked for a possible injury to his forearm. PFT has learned that Gronkowski is getting X-rays on his forearm this evening."

It's hard to tell if this is serious or not, but this doesn't look like Bill Belichick's common charade when it comes to injuries. Either way, we should find out soon enough.

Losing Gronkowski would be a huge blow for New England. In an offense that lacks a true No. 1 wide receiver, Gronk becomes the de facto candidate. He's arguably the best tight end in the NFL because of the chemistry he has with Tom Brady and the massive target he presents in the open field.

He had seven catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns versus Indy. Entering the game he had eight touchdowns and 600-plus yards on the year.

Because of Aaron Hernandez's nagging injuries, an injury to Gronk would be even more critical. If both players are out, you're looking at Daniel Fells, Visanthe Shiancoe and Michael Hoomanawanui as New England's TEs. It goes without saying that that's a major drop-off.

New England faces two AFC East foes, the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins, in the next two games before welcoming the Houston Texans to Gillette Stadium. That, at least, would give Gronkowski time to recover from any sort of minor injury.

Stay tuned for updates.