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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