Rob Gronkowski breaks his forearm in Patriots win over the Colts

Once again, the Patriots lose an elite tight end to injury

11/19/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Nov 18, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIREPatriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has already missed 6 games this year due to injury, and now it looks their other star TE Rob Gronkowski will miss significant time as well, after breaking his forearm during their 59-24 win over the Colts on Sunday.

Gronkowski's injury occurred during the Patriots' final extra point, with 3:59 left in the blowout.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Gronkowski will be out for approximately 4 to 6 weeks.

Herhandez might be back as soon as next week, but he and Gronkowski have entirely different styles of play, so he won't necessarily replace Gronkowski in the offense.

Hernandez is a hybrid tight end, who occasionally plays as a receiver or a running back.

Gronkowski, on the other hand, is more of a prototypical tight end, who simply plays the position on a much higher level than pretty much anyone else in football.

The Patriots will desperately miss Gronkowski, and their TE rotation will now be a mixture of Daniel Fells, Visanthe Shiancoe, and Michael Hoomanawanui. It's a far cry from when they started their season with arguably the best tight end combo of all time.

The Patriots offense currently leads the league in scoring by a wide margin, but that could change significantly without their star tight end. We'll see how they manage to recover.
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11/19/12   |   Scott   |   53716 respect

I'm actually surprised that this type of thing doesn't happen more with Belicheck and his desire to play his starters when a game is well in hand.  There was really no need for Gronk to even be in the game when your team is up by 30 with just over 3 minutes left and a short week upcoming