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.

67 responses to “Gronkowski’s dad says Rob has a high ankle sprain

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.”

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

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. “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.”

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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 !

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.
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    How embarrassing for pats fans to hedge their bets 9 days from the game.

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    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.
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    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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. brad3060 says: Jan 27, 2012 12:13 PM
    I am Telling you he will not be a factor in this game.
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    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

  27. “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.

  28. 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.
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    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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 6ball says:Jan 27, 2012 12:18 PM

    .

    Patriots Injury Report 1864

    – A. Lincoln questionable ; head contusion.

    .

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    Nice joke. Only 1 problem, though:

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

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