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Gronkowski’s dad says Rob has a high ankle sprain

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Rob Gronkowski’s dad Gordie probably isn’t Bill Belichick’s favorite person right about now.

Gordie gave away some injury information which the Patriots would rather keep secret. Mr. Gronk told WIVB’s John Murphy (via CSNNE.com) that his son has a high ankle sprain.

It’s not particularly surprising news, but the Patriots prefer to keep all injury details private. Gronkowski missed practice Thursday, but Gordie said his son would be able to play in the Super Bowl in pain.

Gronkowski is the most indispensable player on the Patriots offense besides Tom Brady, so his health will be key on Super Bowl Sunday. Gordie can’t believe what a star his son has become.

“I wake up every morning, and I can’t believe what’s happening. I pick up the New York Times, and here Robbie’s in the New York Times, hes got a half page in the New York Times. I pick up our paper and Robbie’s picture is here and there. I turn on ESPN, he’s all over ESPN SportsCenter.”

Turn on SportsCenter in the next hour and Gordie will probably be on there with his son.

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  1. jakek2 says: Jan 27, 2012 11:23 AM

    “Gordie Gronkowski”

    With a name like that, I’m thinking this guy had a pretty rough childhood.

  2. Sometimes Interesting says: Jan 27, 2012 11:24 AM

    Whatever happened to honesty in injury reports?

  3. babych99 says: Jan 27, 2012 11:24 AM

    Something tells me Gronk will have a huge game next Sunday, guys a straight up beast.

  4. nxsteven says: Jan 27, 2012 11:24 AM

    Uh oh… Belichick might not play Gronk in the opening drive to teach him and his daddy a lesson…

  5. dmartin17 says: Jan 27, 2012 11:26 AM

    Just because Archie meddles doesn’t mean you need to Gordie!

  6. rcb0424 says: Jan 27, 2012 11:26 AM

    High ankle sprain recovery time to 100% is usually 6-8 weeks. Now, he is definately going to suit up for the superbowl, but at this point I wouldn’t expect him to practice any before and I would expect him to be more of a decoy on the field operating at 60-70%. Probably can still catch passes, but moving down field on routes past 10-15 yards and making hard cuts should be near impossible. He can still block though and draw attention but I’m willing to bet the Giants game plan to focus more on Hernandez when he goes out for passes.

  7. rc33 says: Jan 27, 2012 11:26 AM

    Anyone got an educated guess as to how affected he’ll be with a high ankle sprain 8 days from now?
    50%?…70%?…90% after they shoot him up next Sunday morning?
    Substantive opinions only; NYrs need not respond.

  8. prideandpoise says: Jan 27, 2012 11:26 AM

    Never thought I’d say this but Belichick just got Gronked.

  9. gcsuk says: Jan 27, 2012 11:27 AM

    Wonder if Belichick just rescinded Gordie’s game tickets.

  10. romeisburningtfb says: Jan 27, 2012 11:27 AM

    Belichick phone call to Gordie

    “Listen Gordie, I am Gronk’s dad now. Not you. Do not mess with my family. Keep your mouth shut or I will shut it for you.”

  11. murphintampa says: Jan 27, 2012 11:28 AM

    “I do a Google Image search for pictures of my favorite adult film star, and there he is….”

  12. seanb20124 says: Jan 27, 2012 11:29 AM

    High ankle sprains linger for weeks.

  13. Alohamrhand says: Jan 27, 2012 11:29 AM

    Breaking News:Gronks mom just announced her son has what is described as a “boo boo” on his thumb.More details to follow.

  14. marcuswelby70 says: Jan 27, 2012 11:35 AM

    Hey Mr. Gronk, your son is a phenominal athlete. You have done a great job with him…but if you want to be friends with BB don’t feed the press ANY info.

  15. sojumaster says: Jan 27, 2012 11:35 AM

    Loose Lips Sink Ships …

  16. Henry says: Jan 27, 2012 11:37 AM

    Wow, way to let the cat out of the bag!
    Bellichick is going to love this one…….

  17. hawkforlife says: Jan 27, 2012 11:37 AM

    Hey Dad, SHUT UP !

  18. 3octaveFart says: Jan 27, 2012 11:40 AM

    Don’t worry Gronk.
    Goodell has already promised Kraft that this game is “in the bag.”
    /wink

  19. jaimelh02 says: Jan 27, 2012 11:41 AM

    If you’re a gambler now’s your time to put all your money on the Giants

  20. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Jan 27, 2012 11:41 AM

    I thought we all knew he had a high-ankle sprain when we saw the replay of his ANKLE turning outward?

  21. brettfavrecellphone says: Jan 27, 2012 11:43 AM

    Revenge is a dish best served gronkd.

  22. brettfavrecellphone says: Jan 27, 2012 11:43 AM

    Patriots 38
    Giants 14

  23. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 27, 2012 11:44 AM

    Why is he given out injury information? Geez!

  24. nyyjetsknicks says: Jan 27, 2012 11:44 AM

    Apparently Gronk’s dad hasn’t gone to the BB school of talking about injuries. You’re supposed to mumble while not even saying anything.

  25. awdlmd says: Jan 27, 2012 11:44 AM

    Anyone who saw the play and knows what a high ankle sprain is knew that already.

  26. chadmurdigan says: Jan 27, 2012 11:45 AM

    It was obvious on the replays in slow mo that Gronk had a high ankle sprain. I’m just amazed his freaking ankle didn’t break in two pieces after seeing the way it bent.

    NFL players are tougher than flank steak off a twenty year old Longhorn steer. Seriously, I don’t know how some of these guys play on the ankle injuries they suffer. They have to be shooting them up with some mighty strong pain killers, that’s for sure.

  27. jdandcoke says: Jan 27, 2012 11:45 AM

    its not a matter of playing in pain, its a matter of how effective he’ll be.

  28. hus10188 says: Jan 27, 2012 11:47 AM

    Man, it seems like every superbowl a key player’s status comes into question with an untimely injury.

  29. akulabug says: Jan 27, 2012 11:49 AM

    Its one game. I doubt if he will even know he has an ankle when they are done preping him. He has six months to rest.

  30. dgstan says: Jan 27, 2012 11:52 AM

    Don’t worry Pats fans. Bibi Jones will be able to rub it out.

  31. dawkattack says: Jan 27, 2012 11:54 AM

    Maybe He Should Talk Brent (Tom) Celek One Tough SOB Played All Year With a groin, shoulder, & ankle injury first two requiring surgery

  32. gunnyd says: Jan 27, 2012 11:59 AM

    His high ankle sprain will be healed by next Sunday. And the Giants will still have to cover Welker, Branch, Edelman, Faulk and Green-Ellis out of the backfield. Brady has plenty of weapons for the Giants to worry about.

  33. jbcommonsense says: Jan 27, 2012 12:00 PM

    Wouldn’t it be funny if this was a Belichick trick? That he asked Gronk’s dad to say this. Not saying it is, but the thought is funny.

  34. svcfilmguy says: Jan 27, 2012 12:02 PM

    These can be killers. Roethlisberger and Pouncey were far less effective when they suffered this injury. Two weeks is not much time to rest. If he suits up, there is a good chance he’ll be limited. A shame for the Patriots; that 2 TE set is lethal.

  35. jackntorres says: Jan 27, 2012 12:11 PM

    For those of you telling Gordie to shut up, do you really think the giants medical staff can’t watch the tape and diagnose it as a high ankle sprain? Good lord.

    Now while kowski is in indy he should ask freeney how his sprained ankle turned out for the colts in their last sb. Then he should realize that if he were more athletic like, say jimmy graham, then he would be more flexible and might not have ankle spraining problems.

  36. brad3060 says: Jan 27, 2012 12:13 PM

    I am Telling you he will not be a factor in this game. High ankle sprain is 6-8 weeks no exceptions.

  37. texans3four says: Jan 27, 2012 12:17 PM

    “oh and on 3rd down and less than 6, Bill likes to call, Z square, 67 split, BOSS streatch… That put Robbie one on one with the SAM.”

  38. bnwillard says: Jan 27, 2012 12:18 PM

    Whats with these high profile NFL players and their daddies doing all their talking for them? Why are they on the radio constantly discussing things that are quite frankly, none of their business really?

    Reminds me of the moms on Toddlers and Tiaras

  39. 6ball says: Jan 27, 2012 12:18 PM

    .

    Patriots Injury Report 1864 – A. Lincoln questionable ; head contusion.

    .

  40. kevpft says: Jan 27, 2012 12:21 PM

    It would be lousy if this affected the outcome of the game in any meaningful way. I want to see both of these teams at their fullest strength possible, not hobbled with a cornerstone of the team limited.

    I want the winner of the game to beat the other team at their best, not scrambling to patch a big hole. It would make the victory mean a lot less if the Giants win, and aggravating if the Pats win due to one of their main contributors not being able to take part in the crowning game.

    I haven’t heard much talk about it, but I didn’t like the tackle that caused this injury. Looked to me like it was a very intentional effort to wrench his leg, not just bring him down.

  41. wte1 says: Jan 27, 2012 12:22 PM

    One of the local Boston sports sites said it was ligament damage.

    A high ankle sprain seems less severe. I would assume you could further aggravate ligament damage and make worse.

  42. billharford31 says: Jan 27, 2012 12:22 PM

    One thing people may not be considering is BB and the Pats camp actually asking Gronk’s dad to release that info so that Giants game plan softer for him. I dont think they will but the Pats may be trying to play mind games with them already.

  43. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 27, 2012 12:28 PM

    Unless of course this all orchestrated by Belichik.

    Yesterday’s conversation -

    BB: Gronk, how you feeling today ?

    G: 100% already coach, good to go !

    BB: Excellent. I want you to tell your dad to speak to the press and tell them you have a high ankle sprain. Think he can pull that off ?

    G: Sure can coach !

  44. ggreen7 says: Jan 27, 2012 12:33 PM

    Does it occur to anyone that is is just a smoke screen? Do you really think that a man with 3 sons in the NFL is dumb enough to give out confidential information the week before the Super Bowl, like he doesn’t know any better? It’s much more likely that Gronk has a minor sprain (watch him run onto the field when he returns in the AFC Championship game) and Belichick prompted the father to disseminate the high ankle sprain, which would obviously be the worst case scenario. Otherwise, dad is a real dimwit, which I don’t believe.

  45. bawston1 says: Jan 27, 2012 12:34 PM

    Counter intelligence at its best. Belichick playing chess. As if Gronks Dad doesn’t know better.

  46. patsfiend says: Jan 27, 2012 12:39 PM

    Hah. Enjoyable string of comments re Dad and Bibi and Bill. High ankle sprains definitely do linger. They’ll get him out there, though, and he can be tight-end 1B for the game instead of tight-end 1A. They still have to cover him, and his hands are just fine.

  47. drewsylvania says: Jan 27, 2012 12:43 PM

    Pretty sure the Giants knew anyway.

  48. horaceivory says: Jan 27, 2012 12:49 PM

    Watching replay on NFL Network with NFL Films footage, Gronk moved pretty well on it after he came back in the game. They showed him on a route on the intercepted throw to Slater (Gronk was open) and jumping around after the kicker gagged on the kick. With a couple weeks of treatment, I think he’ll be a lot more than a decoy.

  49. jackntorres says: Jan 27, 2012 1:02 PM

    kevpft says:
    Jan 27, 2012 12:21 PM
    It would be lousy if this affected the outcome of the game in any meaningful way. I want to see both of these teams at their fullest strength possible, not hobbled with a cornerstone of the team limited.

    I want the winner of the game to beat the other team at their best, not scrambling to patch a big hole. It would make the victory mean a lot less if the Giants win, and aggravating if the Pats win due to one of their main contributors not being able to take part in the crowning game.

    I haven’t heard much talk about it, but I didn’t like the tackle that caused this injury. Looked to me like it was a very intentional effort to wrench his leg, not just bring him down.
    —–
    How embarrassing for pats fans to hedge their bets 9 days from the game.

    ——
    One of the local Boston sports sites said it was ligament damage.

    A high ankle sprain seems less severe. I would assume you could further aggravate ligament damage and make worse.
    ——-
    Yo doc, I’m not there yet, but I can tell you a high ankle sprain = ligament damage. They are one in the same. The ligaments in the ankle are damaged/sprained.

  50. maritime85 says: Jan 27, 2012 1:07 PM

    didnt burress play with 2 high ankle sprains threw the entire playoffs in 07?

  51. raidermike says: Jan 27, 2012 1:44 PM

    People — Gordie’s “gaff” is all part of Bellichik’s orchestrated smoke & mirror injured reporting.

    Nothing about the Patriots should be assumed to be as you see it or read it.

    Except next Sunday when the G-men kick their behinds.

  52. originalsteelcurtain says: Jan 27, 2012 2:03 PM

    No surprise here, if you saw the hit live and on replay, it was obvious he had a broken foot or high ankle sprain.

    HUGE loss for the Cheats…don’t kid yourself that Gronk will be anywhere near as effective in the SB as he was during the regular season.

    Ben had a similar hit in the Cleveland#1 game and you saw how ineffective he was after. And he didn’t have to run full-speed patterns and cuts like Gronk will need to.

    High ankle sprains take 6 -10 weeks to fully heal….I’ve had ~ a dozen playing basketball for 25 years. 2 weeks of therapy is not nearly enough time for Gronk to be able to perform well.

  53. hedleykow says: Jan 27, 2012 2:07 PM

    Loose lips sink ships. Nothing like knocking down a few shots of scotch to settle the nerves before doing an interview. Cheers!

  54. dmretrogames says: Jan 27, 2012 2:08 PM

    He won’t be close to 100%. Same injury Pouncey suffered last year and he couldn’t even play.

    Giants in a walkover.

  55. kevpft says: Jan 27, 2012 2:24 PM

    jackntorres says:
    Jan 27, 2012 1:02 PM

    How embarrassing for pats fans to hedge their bets 9 days from the game.

    ===============

    Hey, smart guy, I’m not a Pats fan, I’m a Cowboys fan who wants to see a good game. Hope you enjoyed feeling clever for a little while, but it’s a misfire.

  56. heimerz says: Jan 27, 2012 2:30 PM

    I’m not a Pats fan but I love watching this guy run for the endzone like some crazed sasquatch.

    D-backs have been giving him the ole’ routine all year long rather than get in his way.

  57. jrs1972 says: Jan 27, 2012 2:41 PM

    brad3060 says: Jan 27, 2012 12:13 PM
    I am Telling you he will not be a factor in this game.
    ——
    Adorable, clearly you know nothing about the gronk, So Im telling YOU at least one giant will get injured trying to tackle him as he steamrolls them. Ive seen the gronkowski carnage trail of injured and embarrassed tacklers all year long, I’d even bank on two. Worry about their impending injures, not the ankle gronks going to forget about after the first player the giants sacrifice

  58. marima07 says: Jan 27, 2012 2:45 PM

    “Whatever happened to honesty in injury reports?”

    I’ll tell you what happened. When opponents know a player is injured, they go after that player where he is injured, trying to knock him out of the game.

    The Giants did this Sunday against Kyle Williams, game-planning to hit him hard because of his previous concussions, and knock him senseless.

  59. deeznutzinyamouth says: Jan 27, 2012 2:55 PM

    Coughlin call to Gordie:

    Hey Gordie! Thanks for sharing the news on your boy’s injury. Got any other injuries you want to share?

  60. michael228 says: Jan 27, 2012 3:20 PM

    originalsteelcurtain says:
    Jan 27, 2012 2:03 PM
    No surprise here, if you saw the hit live and on replay, it was obvious he had a broken foot or high ankle sprain.

    HUGE loss for the Cheats…don’t kid yourself that Gronk will be anywhere near as effective in the SB as he was during the regular season.
    ————————————————–
    Cheats…thats pretty funny.
    Do me and yourself a favor and google “Bill Cower, Spygate” and then get back to me how he did the same thing as belichick and every other coach in the NFL-except where he said he did it on the offensive side of the ball.
    We won’t even get into how the 70′s “Steel Curtain” kept the steroid industry alive and well.

  61. cliverush says: Jan 27, 2012 3:59 PM

    Dear Mr. Gronk, “Silence is Golden”
    Signed, BB

  62. TheWizard says: Jan 27, 2012 4:59 PM

    Is anybody here aware he came back into the same game after this devastating injury?

  63. pandebailey says: Jan 27, 2012 7:03 PM

    It was clear to everybody seeing the game (except the Sports News Media I guess) that Gronk had a high ankle sprain. Gordie wasn’t saying anything amazing.

    He’s young, but Gronk will be slowed up a bunch after just 2 weeks, and may be only good for 1-2 quarters….the ONLY player I’ve even seen come back from one quickly was TO, for the Pats-Eagles Superbowl. Most recoveries are more like Roethlisberger’s – anybody see him try to run even 4 weeks after his? Not good.

  64. jackntorres says: Jan 27, 2012 7:14 PM

    kevpft says:
    Jan 27, 2012 2:24 PM
    jackntorres says:
    Jan 27, 2012 1:02 PM

    How embarrassing for pats fans to hedge their bets 9 days from the game.

    ===============

    Hey, smart guy, I’m not a Pats fan, I’m a Cowboys fan who wants to see a good game. Hope you enjoyed feeling clever for a little while, but it’s a misfire.

    —–

    Hey, smart guy, both teams earned the right to be there. There is no injury to ANY player that would take away from the accomplishments of the victor. Did the 9ers victory against the Saints mean any less because P Thomas was knocked out on the opening drive? No. We are all human and injuries are part of the game and part of life. So whether you are a pats fan or not, you are a turd.

  65. sschmiggles says: Jan 27, 2012 11:59 PM

    brad3060 says:
    Jan 27, 2012 12:13 PM
    I am Telling you he will not be a factor in this game. High ankle sprain is 6-8 weeks no exceptions.
    _________________

    A bunch of doctors on this forum. There are completely different kinds of high ankle sprains, so yes, there are exceptions. Just ask T.O.

    “Treatment of high ankle sprains depends on severity. An athlete may be out for as little as 2–3 days or as long as 6 months” – wikipedia

    Unless they’ve seen the MRI, no one here knows how long it will take Gronk to get healthy.

  66. patsfiend says: Jan 28, 2012 12:27 PM

    I’m sure this will be deleted, but check out the “SoundFX” from the Pats and Championship weekend episodes on NFL network. Gronk is hilarious in them, and there are lots of other good tidbits.

    My personal favorite is after the game has ended and they are celebrating on the field, BB leans down from the podium to Gronk and says something like, “That’s why we got you. Are you all right?”

    Gronk replies something along the lines of, “Yeah, man! I’m good, dog!” He calls BB “dog” … too funny.

    Also, lots of good back and forth with him and Suggs. I’m starting to think having him as a blocker in this game might be a bigger difference (from last time) than having him out there as a receiver. Beast.

  67. quittsburghstoolers says: Jan 29, 2012 7:46 AM

    6ball says:Jan 27, 2012 12:18 PM

    .

    Patriots Injury Report 1864

    – A. Lincoln questionable ; head contusion.

    .

    ———————————————————-

    Nice joke. Only 1 problem, though:

    Lincoln’s head “injury” happened in 1865, not 1864…

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