According to PFT, Rob Gronkowski’s MRI confirmed the worst case scenario for the New England Patriots on Monday. The All Pro tight end is definitely out for the season with a torn ACL. The MRI is also showed damage to the MCL, but reports are that Rob Gronkowski won’t need surgery to repair it.
Here is a quote from Pro Football Talk. "Per a league source, an MRI confirmed the damage. Gronkowski will miss the rest of the season. Surgery and rehab will affect his preparation for 2014.
The MRI also shows damage to the MCL. It’s not currently believed that surgical repair will be needed of the MCL."
For the Patriots, the loss of Rob Gronkowski is just part of a long list of injuries. However, the difference with Gronkowski is astounding. Rob had three 100 yard receiving games in only seven contests. Entering Sunday’s game, Gronkowski had four straight games with a touchdown reception.
The Patriots were banking on Rob Gronkowski to be the ultimate mismatch throughout the playoffs. Now they won’t have a big tight end to create an advantage against smaller defensive backs.
In the first six games without Rob Gronkowski, New England averaged 15.8 points per game. In the seven games during his return, New England has put up a dynamic 32 points per game. We will know quickly if the injury will be a major factor.
However, New England is not devoid of talent on the outside and all purpose back Shane Vereen may become Tom Brady’s most important teammate down the stretch.
New England visits the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
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