Rob Gronkowski re-injures forearm, will require surgery after Patriots 41-28 win over the Texans

The Patriots win, but it's a costly one as their star TE goes down again

1/13/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Jan 13, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) catches a pass out of bounds while defended by Houston Texans inside linebacker Barrett Ruud (54) during the first half of the AFC divisional round playoff game at Gillette Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY SportsIs it just a matter of coming back too soon from his previous injury, or is it time for Rob Gronkowski to get the dreaded "injury-prone" title?

The Patriots' star tight end injured his forearm again and will need surgery, ending his season.

Gronk already missed 5 games this year, and was also hurt last year in the playoffs, which greatly impacted his effectiveness in the Super Bowl.

The Patriots still ended up winning the game 41-28, thanks to some outstanding play by Tom Brady, Rob Ninkovich, Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker, and others.

Brady went 25 for 40 with 344 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions while picking up his record-breaking 17th playoff win as a starting QB.

Ninkovich made some big tackles in key spots, and picked off a Matt Schaub pass in the 4th quarter that stopped a potential Houston comeback.

Ridley, Hernandez, Welker, and Vereen were all outstanding as part of an offense that gained 457 total yards.

The Patriots will have to continue without Gronkowski. They face a rematch of last year's AFC Championship game against the Ravens, a game in which Gronkowski was their leading receiver. They'll have to look elsewhere this time.

Congrats to the Patriots for yet another AFC Championship appearance. It should be a fun one next week.
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1/14/13   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Watching his performance in the brief time he was there I could understand why the Pats were willing to risk further injury, because he is just that good.  Seeing the fall, and his reaction afterwards, I thought the exact opposite - why is he even out there?

I wish him a full recovery.  He is a player I love to watch.

1/14/13   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

I hope he simply came back to soon, because he is starting to remind me a little bit of Jeremy Shockey in terms of being a talented, beast of a tight end who simply can't stay on the field because of his injuries.

1/14/13   |   JenX63   |   32805 respect

I hated to see  him playing and then having to leave. I hope all goes well with his recovery. I really don't understand why he was out there to begin with.