The New England Patriots received bad news following the win over the Houston Texans in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs with All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski re-injuring his broken arm.
Initially, it was uncertain how severe the re-injured arm was after Gronkowski landed on it while making a catch in the first quarter against the Texans. Gronkowski had played two weeks earlier in the regular-season finale against the Miami Dolphins without any setbacks and appeared to be ready for the postseason, but after landing on the arm against Houston the tight end was clearly in a lot of pain and was immediately pulled from the game.
Gronkowski underwent the surgery to repair the arm according to Sporting News:
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has undergone surgery on his broken left arm, a person with knowledge of the operation tells The Associated Press.
Gronkowski suffered the season-ending injury Sunday when he caught a pass from Tom Brady in the first quarter and landed out of bounds on the arm for an incompletion in New England’s 41-28 playoff win over the Houston Texans.
Without Gronkowski in the lineup for the rest of the playoffs, Aaron Hernandez will attempt to shoulder the load at the tight end position moving forward. Although Gronkowski is an All-Pro and arguably the best tight end in the game today, Hernandez has played well in his absence throughout the five games missed during the regular season and in the first playoff game against the Texans.
Gronkowski’s presence will definitely be missed by Tom Brady and company in red zone situations as the team best touchdown threat, but the Patriots are as resilient as any team in the league in terms of continuing to play well regardless of injuries.