Patriots Super Bowl hopes yet again in jeopardy with Rob Gronkowski injury
The Patriots managed to overpower the Cleveland Browns in a very close 27-26 win that was nothing short of a miracle on Sunday. They may have won the match but they will have to deal with a big issue and that is the injury of their tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Gronkowski was taken off from the game after he sustained a knee injury. The offense managed to adapt in his absence and continued to put up a fight as the match went on. There was a visible difference in the Patriots offense after he left. When he was with the Patriots for the past six weeks, their offense had improved drastically but it lacked what it packed after he left the field.
Head coach Bill Belichick said that he didn’t exactly know the extent of the injury and Gronkowski had been taken to hospital for further analysis of injury.
"Rob was taken to the hospital for observation and evaluation on his injury," he said after the game. "That's all I have."
There are rumors that Gronkowski may have sustained a torn ACL, which would mean he will be sidelined for an entire year. And looking at the replays of the tackle, chances are high that there is a torn ACL. Gronkowski is a huge asset to the Patriots offense and losing him would mean a major setback. Gronkowski was managing to do damage to the opponents as well as drawing attention off the rest of the team.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said that it was painful to see any teammate get injured but they had to move on.
"It hurts to see any of those guys go down," Brady said. "Certainly with Gronk, and we've sustained some pretty big injuries this year with really important, critical players, so we've got to just keep bouncing back. No one feels sorry for the Patriots."
After Gronkowski left the offense was shaken and barely made it against an already weak Browns. And without their star tight end, their chances of making it against better teams as the postseason draws nigh become ever slimmer.