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Gronkowski in high spirits, walking boot after win

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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.

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36 Responses to “Gronkowski in high spirits, walking boot after win”
  1. PFTiswhatitis says: Jan 23, 2012 9:24 AM

    No way Gronk misses the big game.

  2. kate773 says: Jan 23, 2012 9:24 AM

    He’ll play. He may not be 100% but his foot would have had to snap off to not play and even then he’d be questionable. He’s a gamer.

  3. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 23, 2012 9:25 AM

    “Gronkowski was in a walking boot after the game, 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.”

    In other news: Gregg Rosenthal still not a doctor.

    He’s in a boot. We get it. Belichick isn’t going to give up any more information on him then he has to. We get it. Just give us the facts, please.

  4. mvpolamalu says: Jan 23, 2012 9:27 AM

    Giants need to do whatever they can to get bernard pollard in two weeks

  5. lolb23 says: Jan 23, 2012 9:28 AM

    If Calvin is Megatron Gronk is Starscream

  6. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 23, 2012 9:29 AM

    What a GREAT day to be a Patriot’s fan!!!!!

    Must really SUCK to be a “hater” today.

  7. weepingjebus says: Jan 23, 2012 9:30 AM

    2 weeks is plenty of time for the machine shop to rebuild that piston.

  8. bengalsown says: Jan 23, 2012 9:34 AM

    Gronk Nation? Are you effing kidding me?

  9. projuice7 says: Jan 23, 2012 9:36 AM

    indestructible

  10. xxsweepthelegxx says: Jan 23, 2012 9:40 AM

    As a Pats fan I will forever quivver at the sound of the name “Bernard Pollard.” lol. Hurt Brady with the Cheifs, was on the Texans when Welker blew his knew out and now Gronk. That guy is a Patriot Poltergeist.

  11. Grulks says: Jan 23, 2012 9:41 AM

    I’m not a Pats fan, but I love the way Gronk plays. One year of fantastic play isnt quite enough to put him at the top of my list of best overall TE, but he came pretty damn close. I think he is going to be a very special player for years to come, and it wouldnt surprise me in the least if he became the 2nd TE in history to grap 100 catches in a season.

  12. nflfollower says: Jan 23, 2012 9:41 AM

    “Gronkowski was seen in a walking boot, which is a sign the injury could have a lasting effect”

    Um….. I guess, anything could be a sign that it could have a lasting effect. How many times have we seen a player in a walking boot until Wednesday and plays on Sunday? This guy has two weeks. NFL teams use walking boots as preventative measures, even if they feel he’ll be full strength in 4 days, they use the boot to ensure all the time the player doesn’t aggravate it off the field. It’s essentially a sign of nothing.

  13. ampats says: Jan 23, 2012 9:45 AM

    Great day to be a Patriots fan !

    Isn’t it bozoforall ? Hope you enjoyed the game being the Pats biggest troller.

    Gronk will be fine otherwise he wouldn’t have spent all postgame enjoying the scene on the field

  14. marcuswelby70 says: Jan 23, 2012 9:48 AM

    Hey Rex, how’d that prediction work out for you?

  15. thebigkahuna23 says: Jan 23, 2012 9:48 AM

    You all remember gronk getting flipped and using his neck to break his fall don’t you? I think he’ll be fine in two weeks.

  16. str82dvd says: Jan 23, 2012 9:51 AM

    Shades of Dwight Freeney 2009. It won’t be 100%, therefore he won’t be much of a threat. Sucks, it really does.

    What can stop the insanely lucky march of Eli? What forces can combat the collisions of DBs as they go after his poorly thrown deep balls? Who can keep practice squad punt returners from giving Eli not one but TWO free touchdowns?

    How do you stop this persistent threat to the sanctity of my beloved sport???

  17. skippynj says: Jan 23, 2012 9:54 AM

    boring, unwatchable SB. gronkowski=overrated. giants fans+pats fans=a race to the bottom.

  18. east96st says: Jan 23, 2012 9:57 AM

    As a Giants fan, I KNOW he’ll be on the field. I wish he wasn’t, but I know he will be. And he will hurt the Giants. Obviously, I think NY will win. Eli and NY’s WRs in a dome is a huge advantage. But you haven’t watched football this year if you think Gronkowski won’t be a factor in the game.

  19. gimmeabruschi says: Jan 23, 2012 10:05 AM

    skippynj says: Jan 23, 2012 9:54 AM

    boring, unwatchable SB. gronkowski=overrated. giants fans+pats fans=a race to the bottom.

    ______________________________

    Yeah, skippy. It would be so much better if Sanchez and Rexy were in the SB. The whole world is clamoring for that. Tool.

  20. jolink653 says: Jan 23, 2012 10:10 AM

    skippynj says:
    Jan 23, 2012 9:54 AM
    boring, unwatchable SB. gronkowski=overrated. giants fans+pats fans=a race to the bottom

    ___________________________________

    Must be tough being a jets fan huh…never gets any better…just think though only 3 more weeks until your coach guarantees another super bowl…you’ll have that to look forward too so cheer up

  21. jnbnet says: Jan 23, 2012 10:14 AM

    skippynj says:
    Jan 23, 2012 9:54 AM
    boring, unwatchable SB. gronkowski=overrated. giants fans+pats fans=a race to the bottom.

    ================================
    shouldn’t you be in school today?

  22. terrorhawk2 says: Jan 23, 2012 10:16 AM

    i bet gronk has punched out a horse at least once.

    cant keep him down, cant hold him back

  23. mezanine10 says: Jan 23, 2012 10:19 AM

    At least Gronk has some skanky porn star to help heal is leg. Which ‘leg’ that is yet to be determined.

  24. akulabug says: Jan 23, 2012 10:26 AM

    Let me give the media out there some free advice. Don’t bother asking Bill how Gronk’s ankle is doing. Just save your breath.

  25. bullcharger says: Jan 23, 2012 10:28 AM

    skippynj says:Jan 23, 2012 9:54 AM

    boring, unwatchable SB. gronkowski=overrated. giants fans+pats fans=a race to the bottom.

    ————

    Bitter Jets fan perhaps?

    What a horrible nightmare of a superbowl it is for Jets fans. I love it.

  26. bozosforall says: Jan 23, 2012 10:30 AM

    ampats says:
    Jan 23, 2012 9:45 AM
    Great day to be a Patriots fan !

    Isn’t it bozoforall ? Hope you enjoyed the game being the Pats biggest troller.

    Gronk will be fine otherwise he wouldn’t have spent all postgame enjoying the scene on the field

    __
    Thanks for confirming that I OWN YOU.

    The day was “so great” that the only thing that you could think of was to come onto PFT and address ME. Shows how much a loser like you has no life outside of how the mercenary teams in your region do.

  27. bozosforall says: Jan 23, 2012 10:32 AM

    str82dvd says:
    Jan 23, 2012 9:51 AM
    Shades of Dwight Freeney 2009. It won’t be 100%, therefore he won’t be much of a threat. Sucks, it really does.

    What can stop the insanely lucky march of Eli? What forces can combat the collisions of DBs as they go after his poorly thrown deep balls? Who can keep practice squad punt returners from giving Eli not one but TWO free touchdowns?

    How do you stop this persistent threat to the sanctity of my beloved sport???

    _
    Insanely lucky march? Please child…if anyone was lucky, it was Tom Brady in the very beginning of his career. Having a defense capable of winning three Super Bowls for him while he was still in diapers as an NFL QB.

  28. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 23, 2012 10:35 AM

    By the way, I sure hope Albert Haynesworth enjoys watching the Super Bowl ……. from his BOAT! That’s where he was “meant to be”, right?

    Coulda been YOU, fat man, if you had a single ounce of ambition! Vince Wilfork deserved to be playing beside a teammate as dedicated as HE is.

  29. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 23, 2012 10:44 AM

    skippynj says:
    Jan 23, 2012 9:54 AM

    boring, unwatchable SB. gronkowski=overrated. giants fans+pats fans=a race to the bottom.
    ***********
    The Jester nightmare.

    Indy too, happy days are here again huh?
    Brady in your house, breaking the dishes,
    and all the lovely “is Eli better than Peyton” talk.

    Serious pain in SF and Ballmer.
    Devastating losses, the kind that don’t go away.
    Self-Inflicted.

    Sports is such great fun!

  30. wikidpissah says: Jan 23, 2012 10:47 AM

    Drew Bledsoe described Gronk perfectly:

    “He’s too big for the fast guys and too fast for the big guys.”

    He’ll play.

  31. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 23, 2012 10:47 AM

    bozosforall says:
    Insanely lucky march? Please child…if anyone was lucky, it was Tom Brady in the very beginning of his career. Having a defense capable of winning three Super Bowls for him while he was still in diapers as an NFL QB
    ——————————————————–
    Yeah ….. Tom Brady is “lucky”.

    He’sbeen in the league ten years, has played in SIX title games, and is going to his FIFTH Super Bowl.

    You WISH Mark Sanchez was that “lucky”

    It must really stick in your throat that the Patriots are going to Indy with the “worst defense in the league” and not a HINT of “cheating”.

    Can’t say they haven’t won a thing since “Spygate”, can’t say they’re “one and done” (your Yets didn’t even GET the “one” this year!), can’t say they haven’t beaten a team with”a winning record” this year …….. in fact, you “haters”have got NOTHING to hold against the Patriots today …..

    NOTHING!

    Indeed, it’s truly a great day to be a Patriots fan.

    That must drive you NUTS, bozo,along with every Raven fan, Squealer fan, Yets fan, and overall “hater”.

    I couldn’t be happier!

  32. goddamnthatsfunny says: Jan 23, 2012 10:48 AM

    Pollard made a clean hit on Brady when he hurt him and made a clean hit on Gronk. But Gronk is a beast and will play and play well. I still hope the giants hand Brady his ass though.

  33. 3octaveFart says: Jan 23, 2012 10:48 AM

    Whatever…
    One thing is certain – the fix for the SB is already in.
    Goodell will feed the “this one’s for Myra” angle and hand this one to Kraft and the Pats on a silver platter…

  34. kevpft says: Jan 23, 2012 10:57 AM

    I may be reading too much into the slo-mo replay, but it looked to me like there may have been more going on in Pollard’s tackle than just bringing Gronkowski down to the turf. Looked like a lot of extra movement at the end designed to do more than just end the play.

    They say that kind of thing goes on to some extent, but this looked a little less subtle. If not, my bad, but if so, I feel a little less bad about the Ravens’ loss. (And I did feel bad about it, not because I’m a follower of either team but because it stinks to have a game end that way.)

  35. jgrange08 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:09 AM

    It’s exactly the same way roethlisberger sprained his ankle, they will tape it, shoot it, and hope he can play through the pain. Same injury kept maurkice pouncey out, so it’s a painful injury but it can be played through.
    Dudes a beast!

  36. r8drsfan says: Jan 23, 2012 3:28 PM

    Pats fans better hope Gronk doesn’t miss the big game cause he’s gonna be a big key player for them to put points on the scoreboard & beat Eli

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