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Rob Gronkowski Arm Injury: Report Says Patriots TE's Done for Season

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 30: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots crosses the goal line to score a touchdown in the second half against the Miami Dolphins during the game at Gillette Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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David DanielsSenior Writer IJanuary 13, 2013

Rob Gronkowski can't seem to shake the injury bug.

UPDATE: Thursday, Jan. 17 at 5:12 p.m. ET

Falling in line with what most have expected, the New England Patriots placed Gronkowski on season-ending injured reserve on Thursday, according to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe:

Rob Gronkowski has been placed on injured reserve, officially ending his season.

— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) January 17, 2013

Gronkowski's absence will undoubtedly lead to some adjustments in the Patriots' offense and an increased emphasis on fellow tight end Aaron Hernandez. New England plays the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 11:27 a.m. ET

CSNNE.com's Tom E. Curran has the latest regarding Rob Gronkowski's forearm injury:

The fractured arm suffered by Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski on Sunday was not identical to the original fracture he suffered November 18, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. 

Since the injury, speculation has been that Gronkowski was rushed back and that his injured left arm wasn't ready for contact. The source says the current injury 'had nothing to do with whether the arm was ready or not.'

Instead, Gronkowski's arm broke at the end of the protective plate that was implanted in his arm. Gronkowski sustained the new injury when he went hard to the ground while diving for a pass against the Houston Texans in the first quarter of the Patriots AFC Divisional Playoff game. 

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UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 14 at 11:51 a.m. ET

Rob Gronkowski is undergoing surgery today for his broken forearm, according to Boston Herald's Jeff Howe.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski is undergoing season-ending surgery on his broken left forearm today, according to a source. This is similar to the timing of the last procedure, which also occurred the day after the injury.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

The news regarding Rob Gronkowski's forearm injury continues to get worse. 

Pro Football Talk reported the following on Gronkowski's injury, and NFL.com's Albert Breer confirmed the news:

Per source, Rob Gronkowski is done for the rest of the postseason.Re-injured forearm and needs another surgery.

— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 14, 2013

As @profootballtalk reported, Rob Gronkowski is out for the rest of the postseason. I'm told the forearm is broken again.

— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 14, 2013

Gronkowski led the team in touchdown receptions during the regular season despite missing time due to injury, and he provides a massive boost to the New England offense when he is in the game. 

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Mike Reiss of ESPN reported that not only has an injury sent Gronk to the sideline in the first quarter of New England’s divisional round showdown against the Houston Texans, but he also needed to go to the locker room for further evaluation:

TE Rob Gronkowski is heading to the locker room.

— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) January 13, 2013

 

UPDATE: Sunday, Jan. 13 at 6:35 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

NFL.com's Albert Breer reported the news that all the Patriots fans were expecting, but none wanted to hear:

Not that it's a surprise, but I'm told Rob Gronkowski is out for the rest of the game.

— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 13, 2013

Tom Brady will turn to his other talented receiver to try to push New England past the Houston Texans and into the AFC Championship Game. 

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Joe Haggerty of Comcast SportsNet also reported that his injury required an X-ray:

Rob Gronkowski walking out of the Gillette Stadium X-Ray room in the first quarter...not what the Patriots were looking for #PatriotsTalk

— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) January 13, 2013

 

New England’s official Twitter account followed that news up with a report about his ability to return:

Rob Gronkowski left the game with an arm injury.His return is questionable. #HOUvsNE

— New England Patriots (@Patriots) January 13, 2013

 

While the Patriots went 4-1 in Gronkowski’s absence in the regular season, they’ll miss him if he’s out for a lengthened period of time once again.

In just his first game back from injury, the touchdown machine lived up to his reputation, scoring against the Miami Dolphins in Week 17. And the one team that New England failed to defeat without Gronkowski, the San Francisco 49ers, is also still alive in the postseason.

Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who reeled in 10 balls for 92 receiving yards and a touchdown against the 49ers, must shoulder more of the workload in the passing attack in the event Gronk misses more time. In the final two weeks of the regular season, Hernandez only caught six passes for 57 yards. He did record three receptions for 25 yards in the first quarter against the Texans, however, so he at least looks primed to rise to the occasion.

In reality, New England managed to lead the NFL in points per game this season without Gronkowski much of the way, so if the all-world tight end's season is over, it wouldn't be detrimental to its Super Bowl aspirations.

 

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.

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