Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski suffered possible punctured lung; could miss 1 game

Bad news for Gronk owners.

On Sunday night, Tom Brady lofted a ball up the seam intended for Rob Gronkowski, but safety Earl Thomas laid a huge hit on the big tight end, jarring the ball loose and stunning Gronkowski in the process.

“Yeah, that was a big hit for sure; probably one of the hardest I’ve got hit in my career for sure. [It was] by a good player; a good fast player who’s like a missile,” Gronkowski said. “It was a good, clean hit; nothing against it. I just took it and it just knocked the wind out of me a little bit, that’s all. If you’ve ever gotten the wind knocked out of you, you know what that feels like. Just down for about a minute or two, it’s a little tough to breath, but once it comes back, you’re good.”

Gronkowski looked like he was in major pain, but ended up playing the rest of the game like the true warrior that he is. He even made one of the better catches of the season to set the Patriots up with first-&-goal, in an effort to tie the game. Unfortunately on fourth down, Gronkowski and Kam Chancellor got tied up on a fade ball intended for Gronk and the pass fell incomplete, resulting in a Patriots loss.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network stated that the tight end might miss just one game, but we all know how serious the Gronkowski family takes their son’s injuries. He will not come back until he is 100-percent, which could mean more than one week. Luckily, the Patriots travel to San Francisco, then to the Jets, before returning home to play the Rams.

Gronk would be bigger loss for his fantasy owners than for the Patriots, who would be able to take care of business against all three of those teams without their All-Pro tight end.

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