Bernard Pollard struck again.
When the Ravens safety rolled up on Rob Gronkowski’s ankle in the third quarter, Patriots fans started having flashbacks to Pollard injuring Tom Brady to open the 2008 season.
This injury shouldn’t be nearly as devastating. Gronk Nation’s president was able to return to the game to serve as a decoy on Tom Brady’s touchdown leap, and was in great spirits after the game. He said his ankle was “fine” and would have more tests on it.
“Middle school, high school, I saw Tom Brady go to the Super Bowl many times. It’s great to be part of this team,” Gronkowski said via CSNNE.com. “I watched them go to the Super Bowl as I was growing up and now I’m part of it? It is an unreal moment and you can’t take it for granted.”
Gronkowski was seen in a walking boot, which is a sign the injury could have a lasting effect. Then again, Gronkowski left the locker room to soak up the atmosphere on the Gillette Stadium field after the game. He spoke a lot to the media. Those aren’t actions of a player that is seriously hurt.
Here’s a preview of the Patriots injury report that will come out in 11 days: Gronkowski was “limited” in practice and is listed as questionable for the Super Bowl.
UPDATE 10:45 a.m. ET: Multiple reports say Gronkowski will play.