New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski left Monday’s joint practice with the Chicago Bears after suffering a groin injury. Here are all the things you need to know regarding the NFL rumors and update on Gronk’s injury.
According to Sports Illustrated, Gronkowski pulled his groin muscle while trying to catch a pass from Tom Brady during the seven-on-seven drills. He instantly went to the sidelines, talked to tight ends coach Brian Daboll and athletic trainer Jim Whalen before heading to the locker room.
The All-Pro TE did not report and participate in Tuesday’s practice, per Jeff Howe of The Boston Herald, prompting fans to get worried. It is the second injury of the offseason for Rob Gronkowski, who had issues in his pectoral muscle earlier this summer.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the groin injury to Gronk is nothing serious and it appears to be minor. The 27-year-old will not participate in any of the Patriots preseason games and he is expected to be fully healthy when the season starts.
Sounds like whatever caused #Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski to pull up at practice is as minor as it seemed. No worries.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 16, 2016
Karen Guregian of The Boston Herald thinks that an injury to Rob Gronkowski is something that the Patriots do not need at the moment. They will be without quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of the season and losing Gronk will only make it harder for them.
“Gronk is a difference maker. He’s the one guy who makes opposing defenses game plan around him, not to mention cringe, so if the Patriots put him in bubble wrap from here on out, including practices, no one should argue,” she reported.
The Patriots acquired Martellus Bennett from the Chicago Bears in March to provide insurance for Gronkowski. However, it is not the same without Gronk since he is one of the most important players for New England.
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