Gronkowski breaks forearm in Patriots win
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski broke his forearm during his team’s 59-24 win against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
Gronkowski reportedly suffered the injury while blocking on the Patriots’ final extra point attempt in the fourth quarter with 3:55 remaining. On the day, Gronkowski caught seven passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns to become the first tight end in NFL history to have three straight seasons with at least ten touchdowns, according to the Boston Herald.
Meanwhile, ESPNBoston.com is reporting that the third-year tight end has already had surgery on the injured arm and his time table to return is between four to six weeks.
So far this season, Gronkowski has 53 receptions for 748 receiving yards and ten touchdowns. In just three seasons, the tight end has already collected 37 touchdown receptions.
In place of Gronkowski, the Patriots have tight ends Visanthe Shiancoe and Daniel Fells, though neither has played much this season. Aaron Hernandez, New England’s other star tight end, has only played in four games in 2012 and has now missed three straight due to a lingering ankle injury.
The Patriots will face the New York Jets on Thursday night without Gronkowski.