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 Sports

Rob Gronkowski's Injury and it's Impact on the NFL Playoffs


As Pro Football Talk reported earlier, Patriots All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski is out for the rest of the postseason after re-injuring his previously broken forearm:

Gronkowski re-injured his forearm during the first quarter of Sunday’s game.  Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gronkowski needs surgery.  He’ll miss the rest of the postseason.

The original injury occurred on November 18.  He returned in Week 17, catching two passes for 42 yards against the Dolphins.

He injured the arm again while falling to the ground, trying to make a catch.

Gronk was a huge factor in last year’s AFC Championship game vs. the Baltimore Ravens, snagging 8 catches for 87 yards in the Pats’ 23-20 win over the team they’ll face in a rematch next Sunday. The Ravens’ aging linebacker corp could not handle both Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, and with no Gronk, Baltimore is as poised as ever to breakthrough to the Super Bowl after making the AFC title game in 3 of the past 5 seasons.



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