New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is battling a knee injury and was added to the team's injury report in advance of Saturday's divisional-round showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs. However, he has been cleared to play in the contest.
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Gronkowski Active vs. Chiefs
Saturday, Jan. 16
The Patriots announced Gronkowski will play against Kansas City.
Latest on Gronkowski's Practice Status
Friday, Jan. 15
The team announced Gronkowski was a limited participant in Friday's practice session.
Gronkowski Received Treatment on Right Knee
Thursday, Jan. 14
Gronkowski Vital to Patriots Offense, Super Bowl Hopes
Gronkowski suffered a bruised right knee in Week 12, which was the same knee he tore an ACL and an MCL in during the 2013 campaign. The play looked bad at the time, but thankfully the 26-year-old emerged without a major injury.
Ever since the aforementioned torn knee ligaments, Gronkowski has proved to be durable, missing just two games over the past two years. He is a matchup nightmare as a pass-catcher and brings physicality as a blocker, making him the most complete tight end in the game.
A weapon like Gronkowski is impossible to replace. Scott Chandler is a decent receiving threat at Gronkowski's position, but he doesn't boast similar explosiveness.
Fortunately for the Patriots, Gronkowski's injury didn't result in his absence for the game.