Rob Gronkowski Out For Season
Patriots fans received horrible news this afternoon, as Rob Gronkowski will miss up to eight weeks due to back surgery. Gronk was injured in the loss to the Seattle Seahawks, and while the team has not officially ruled out a return in 2016, the odds are very slim.
Gronkowski played against the Jets in Week 12, however left the game early after tweaking his back. Apparently that tweak was a much more serious issue. This will be Gronkowski’s third procedure on his back since he was in college, and many fear how he will be able to bounce back from this one. He scored 3 touchdowns on 25 catches for 540 yards this season, however has only appeared in eight games.
With Gronk out, Tom Brady will turn to Martellus Bennett to have a larger role in the offense. Bennett, however is nowhere near 100 percent. Bennett spoke about Gronk’s injury and his role with the team Thursday.
“It’s Year 9 for me. I’ve started, and me and (Gronkowski), we’re interchangable. We do a lot of things differently, but at the end of the day, I always come in, and everyone treats me like a starter. They respect me, and nothing changes in the game plan or anything if I’m in or Gronk’s out or anything like that. We just run our offense.”
AFC Playoff Outlook
With Rob Gronkowski out, the Patriots chances to remain atop the AFC is in doubt. Even without Gronk, we are not making any changes to New England’s chances to finish 13-3.