Rob Gronkowski out of playoffs with forearm injury

1/13/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Returning from a fractured forearm nearly a month ago, Rob Gronkowski didn’t expect to see the issue pop up again in the playoffs. Ahead of the Divisional playoffs game against the Houston Texans, the New England Patriots offensive line seemed pretty intact, that is until the first quarter of the game when both tight end Rob Gronkowski and running back Danny Woodhead walked off to the locker room and did not return.
Rob Gronkowski re-injured his forearm, while attempting to catch a deep throw by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and with Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith chasing him down the right sideline. But as the ball looked to be falling out of bounds for an incomplete pass, Rob Gronkowski dived to make the catch, breaking his left forearm upon landing on it. Rob Gronkowski seemed in intense pain, clutching his left wrist and forearm as he was being led to the locker room for X-rays.
Although the New England Patriots didn’t offer an official comment on Rob Gronkowski's long-term status and had him listed questionable for the rest of the game, the fact that he didn’t return again goes to show he won’t stay out of the game unless it was something serious and beyond just suppressing the pain.
It is the second-time this season that Rob Gronkowski has broken his forearm. Rob Gronkowski initially fractured his forearm while blocking on an extra point in an 18th November blowout win over the Indianapolis Colts. The 23-year-old Rob Gronkowski remained sidelined over the next six weeks and returned in a two receptions for 42 yards performance against the Miami Dolphins in Week 17.
Rob Gronkowski has undergone surgery to repair his fractured forearm and was sporting a cast in the season finale. Now the third-year pro Rob Gronkowski will require another forearm surgery that will rule him out for the rest of the postseason.
Coming into the current season, the New England Patriots had hoped to take advantage chemistry between the young pair of tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. But Aaron Hernandez was plagued by injuries throughout the season while Rob Gronkowski has his own forearm injury to deal with later in the season. The duo could only take the field together in five games this season, including Rob Gronkowski’s season finale return.
Last postseason, Rob Gronkowski was limited with an ankle injury, and this season again to great disappointment, the New England Patriots will have to continue their playoffs run without Gronkowski.
Meanwhile, Danny Woodhead took to the sidelines after sustaining a thumb injury early in the first quarter. He too didn’t return for the game and instead headed to the locker room. New England Patriots defensive end Candler Jones was already on the sidelines with an ankle injury and listed questionable to return in Sunday’s playoffs game. The New England Patriots only comfort at this stage may be they have enough talent on the depth chart to decently accommodate the losses.
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