The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traveled to New England today, but Gronk didn’t come along for that homecoming. The famous tight end is injured and can’t play. The severity of his injury could keep him out of playing time for even longer.

The October 2nd game against New England didn’t happen for Gronk. This was due to a rib injury, and it was bad enough to pull the big man from the game. They didn’t reveal the extent of his injuries straight away, but now more information is coming to light.

It turns out that Gronk has 4 cracked ribs, a broken rib, and a punctured lung. That is way worse than just calling it “a rib injury.” Obviously, he could miss a bit more time as Jay Glazer tweeted out:

The Inside scoop – week 4 @RobGronkowski tells me he has “4 cracked ribs, 1 broken rib, and a punctured lung,” which is about the only thing that would have kept him out of this game.


Pulling Rob Gronkowski from Sunday’s game was said to have been “a game time decision,” so they waited until the last minute to make that call. That doesn’t fix the fact that they have an injured tight end, and one ready to go at that.

It should be noted that the Buccaneers have yet to place Gronkowski on injured reserve. At least Tom Brady was able have his homecoming in New England, one he heavily hyped.

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H Jenkins

Years of experience in writing, journalism, and digging exclusive insider info for Ringside News opened the door for a new opportunity for Jenkins. With a history in finance, he broke into the journalism game by writing on blogs and other freelance websites before branching into sports and entertainment news. Being in tune with pop culture doesn't mean it has to make sense, but he tries. Favorite bands include any group from Seattle who formed between 1991 and 1999. 5 Ozzfests under his belt and 12 Warped Tours, but his last concert was a bluegrass AC/DC cover band that was not 100% terrible.

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