After New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski underwent surgery last week for an infection in the same forearm he has broken multiple times, many have begun to wonder if “Gronk” is too injury prone. Luckily for Gronkowski, the infection was caught early enough that he is not expected to miss any extended time, according to those with direct knowledge of the surgery.
A big question mark for next season, still, will be whether or not Gronkowski can stay on the field for the duration of the season, including the playoffs.
Gronkowski injured his ankle in the 2011 AFC Championship game versus the Baltimore Ravens. Gronk hobbled his way through the Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants, reeling in just two receptions. Many questioned the severity of the injury after Gronkowski was seen partying with the band “LMFAO” the night the Patriots lost the Super Bowl. The injury was of course legit, though, as Gronkowski was required to have arthroscopic surgery on his ankle, which sidelined the tight end for two months during the offseason.
Staying healthy was an even greater issue for Gronkowski in 2012. He broke his left forearm in Week 11 against the Indianapolis Colts, missing the next five games, before returning to play in the regular season finale versus the Miami Dolphins. But “Gronk” broke the same arm in the Patriots first playoff game versus the Houston Texans in the divisional round, sidelining him for the rest of the postseason. He did not help his image by body slamming his friends in Las Vegas with a broken forearm.
To be fair to Gronkowski, the 23-year-old tight end was able to play in all 16 regular season games in each of his first two seasons in the NFL. But what is alarming is that he has been unable to stay on the field and be effective in the postseason.
Rob Gronkowski is arguably the best tight end in the league when healthy and has Hall of Fame caliber talent but his recent injuries are becoming a growing concern for the Patriots organization.