Rob Gronkowski just can’t stay healthy. The personal tight end of Tom Brady made his return to the Bucs lineup during their 36-27 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. He only lasted five plays.

Gronkowski left in the early stages of the game after suffering from back spasms. Adam Schefter reported that Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said that Gronkowski “probably shouldn’t have played.” He’s been dealing with cracked ribs and a punctured lung he suffered in week 3.

“He kept begging to get in there and re-injured himself.”

Gronk has endured three back surgeries, dating as far back as 2019. He had one target and zero receptions at the time the injury forced him to sit out. Brady let his team down with three turnovers, including a pick-six.

Fortunately for Arians and Gronkowski, the Bucs have a bye week this week. The coach is hopeful that Rob can heal up and be ready to play. Tampa Bay returns from their time off on November 14 when they face the Washington Football Team.

Rob Gronkowski has only appeared in four games so far for the 6-2 Bucs. The rib issues and back problems have sidelined the Super Bowl-winning tight end for more than half the season so far.

In addition to his four Super Bowl championships, Gronkowski has a career total of 8,668 receiving yards. His unique combination of incredible size and agility have made him one of the NFL’s biggest red zone threats. Gronk has a career total of 90 touchdowns. He also had a brief stint with wrestling outfit WWE.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a new contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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