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Gronkowski likely will play, probably will have surgery after Super Bowl

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Rob Lowe may have been wrong about Peyton Manning, but Gordie Gronkowski was right on the money regarding his son.

Per a league source, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski indeed has a “classic” high ankle sprain.  The source says that Gronkowski, who didn’t practice last week, probably won’t practice at all before the game.

But the source believes Gronkowski will play, even though it’s currently believed that he’ll need arthroscopic surgery on the ankle after the game.

Of course, Gronkowski’s ability to play and his effectiveness during the game are two different issues.  Even if, as expected, the All-Pro, record-setting tight end suits up (and likely shoots up), he could be limited by the swelling and structural damage to the ligaments.

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44 Responses to “Gronkowski likely will play, probably will have surgery after Super Bowl”
  1. donny1rodriguez says: Jan 29, 2012 7:38 PM

    man up gronk

  2. usmutts says: Jan 29, 2012 7:38 PM

    I believe this is the sixth consecutive story you’ve posted today about the Patriots. You do realize there’s another team going to the Super Bowl, too, don’t you?

  3. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 29, 2012 7:41 PM

    Don’t want to hear any excuses. We’re still missing over a dozen key guys on IR.

  4. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Jan 29, 2012 7:43 PM

    He could have played in the pro bowl game with that boot on his foot and not got it injured anymore than it is ! The pro bowl needs to get !

  5. pastabelly says: Jan 29, 2012 7:44 PM

    Doesn’t sound good. Maybe he’ll just be more of a blocking tight end against NY. He may not be able to run goo routes.

  6. omegaichiban says: Jan 29, 2012 7:45 PM

    Gronk play and Gronk play well…

  7. randygnyc says: Jan 29, 2012 7:46 PM

    I’m not ashamed to say it, but the Giants must target his ankle. Can’t blame them either if he suffers permanent damage. He knows the risks, and if he plays, he’s obviously willing to take them.

  8. yankees177 says: Jan 29, 2012 7:51 PM

    I hope he plays. Nothing like a TE who cant block and is limited cutting and running. Im a giants fan and as good as gronk is, if hes limited at all thats not good for the pats.

  9. bullcharger says: Jan 29, 2012 7:57 PM

    After watching SoundFX for the Ravens game, I figured Gronk would play just fine, because when he came back out after the injury to play he ran routes just fine and was open a few times. I’m sure he’s good.

  10. basshawg says: Jan 29, 2012 7:57 PM

    I know this isn’t thread specific but is anyone seeing the JOKE they call the Pro Bowl?? No pads required in this one … the fans should mass exodus and make a statement of their own.

  11. Henry says: Jan 29, 2012 7:58 PM

    He’ll find his way into the end zone, he always does!

  12. nyyjetsknicks says: Jan 29, 2012 8:02 PM

    I think I’ve read and heard players saying they don’t like to shoot up their leg. After you shoot it up, you literally can’t feel it. Makes it very wierd to run and cut.

  13. rcb0424 says: Jan 29, 2012 8:08 PM

    Sports doctor and Chris carter today confirmed they werent surprised he came back bc the initial swelling and pain doesnt set until until after the body cools down. So saying he came back into the ravens game is pure grasping. They also confirmed that a High ankle sprain isn’t easy to shoot up or numb bc it isn’t a small target area and you only get one shot. As this goes forward and Im a giants fan but I think the pats might be better off deactivating him and putting in a back up full strength tight end an featuring Hernandez. If Gronk plays he prob wont be more than 70% at most.

  14. armchairqb says: Jan 29, 2012 8:11 PM

    Is it a good idea to have him out there if he’s that limited? Or is this part of the BB head game of “will he or won’t he and you have no idea, so we’ll scheme something totally different and shock you on game day.”

    Gronk will play, but I bet he’s there just because the Giants will need to respect his presence on the field — then the ball goes in another direction.

    I’m a Giants fan, and I think Gronk’s injury could be the best thing for the Pats game plan, because Belichick will love that the Giants will have a complete wild card to have to game for … if Gronk’s not injured, all you have to do is prepare for Gronk. Now what to do you prepare for?

    Belichick loves this stuff.

  15. bobhk says: Jan 29, 2012 8:17 PM

    bullcharger says:Jan 29, 2012 7:57 PM

    After watching SoundFX for the Ravens game, I figured Gronk would play just fine, because when he came back out after the injury to play he ran routes just fine and was open a few times. I’m sure he’s good.
    ——
    Just bcos he game back in the balt game does not mean all is ok for super bowl.
    Big Ben came back after high ankle sprain against browns but was not very mobile against the niners.

    Unlike Ben gronk actually has to run and cut a lot. Not good…

  16. jf203 says: Jan 29, 2012 8:20 PM

    Im a giants fan but I think the pats might be better off deactivating him and putting in a back up full strength tight end an featuring Hernandez. If Gronk plays he prob wont be more than 70% at most.

    You are insane right ??? Even if he is out there..he will have to be accounted for on every play and some plays by 2 defenders….. on the goaline if he is in the Giants will HAVE to cover him with 2 guys….

  17. patsfiend says: Jan 29, 2012 8:24 PM

    All the Giants fans not surprisingly saying it might be best to “rest” Gronk. Or, that Bill will put him out there if he is, indeed, a liability.

    Keep dreaming!

  18. Deb says: Jan 29, 2012 8:46 PM

    After seeing the impact that injury had on Roethisberger, I’m skeptical about Gronkowski’s ability to be a major contributor. And it sucks. Nothing worse than fighting your way to a Super Bowl and being less than 100 percent. You want to see both teams at their best–for their sake and the good of the game.

    @randygnyc …

    I’m pulling for the Giants, but you’re a sorry representative for the team. If you can’t beat your opponent at full strength without trying to inflict injury, you don’t deserve to win.

  19. jdandcoke says: Jan 29, 2012 8:53 PM

    this is very good news for the giants. hopefully he’s slowed down greatly. and for anyone out there who thinks the giants wont be going after that ankle constantly…..wake up and smell the coffee. some giants players actually came out and said they were trying to go after kyle wiliams because they knew he had concussion problems in the past…..thats football. there isnt a team in the league, including the pats, that wouldnt target an injured player in an attempt to knock him out of the game.

  20. 8man says: Jan 29, 2012 9:03 PM

    So there it is. New York City. The city that never sleeps. The city that leads the financial world. The city that has boundless resources and whose teams always play in front of a sold out, adoring throng.

    How many of the professional sports league head quarters are in New York? How many sports does New York have multiple teams in when many cities lack a single team in any sport? New York, your teams should win every year. The parades should be endless And yet they don’t and the parades aren’t. Why is that?

    And there you are. Saying, “Yeah. If we can hit him just right, we can knock him out of the game. Maybe end his career…Hey! Who cares? As long as we win.”

    Whatever it takes. Regardless of who is harmed or how it ends, as long as we win. Right New York?

    Good for you. As always the Big Apple sets the example.

  21. randygnyc says: Jan 29, 2012 9:19 PM

    No, you’re right 8man. Now that that the seriousness of his injury has been disclosed, he should be off-limits to the defense (regardless of the team he’s playing). god forbid gronk takes any personal responsibility for going out there, if he’s injured.

    I’m just saying what EVERY NFL player thinks under these circumstances. You’re fooling yourself if you think during roethlesbergers last game this season if every D lineman was hoping for a shot around his ankles.

  22. dobberdubinsky says: Jan 29, 2012 9:24 PM

    If a guy that loves football and is as tough as Adrian Peterson can’t come back from a high ankle sprain after two weeks, neither can Gronk. If he does play he’ll be only a decoy, and if he isn’t, then you know that the Pats are blowing the injury way out of proportion. He could be just fine and be walking around in a boot under Belichick’s deceitful orders.

  23. vandalay1 says: Jan 29, 2012 9:49 PM

    Randygnyc = scumbag…you say you’re not ashamed and that’s really the problem: you should be…

  24. kelvinmchale says: Jan 29, 2012 9:52 PM

    Anyone that saw the injury happen during the Ravens game and has suffered a similar injury knows this is the real deal, not Belichick playing games. I hope he can play and be effective but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he’s inactive. He’s a big dude and those cuts when running routes put a lot of pressure on his ankles. @&$*ing Bernard Pollard!!!

  25. vandalay1 says: Jan 29, 2012 9:54 PM

    Dobberdubinsky = another moron! How are “the pats blowing the injury way out of proportion”? Are you really that stupid? When have the pats said ANYTHING about this injury??? Ohhhhhhh, right, you’re actually too slow to separate what reporters say and what the team is saying…which if you know anything about the pats you would know that they NEVER say anything about injuries…

  26. gcsuk says: Jan 29, 2012 10:19 PM

    8man says: Jan 29, 2012 9:03 PM

    So there it is. New York City. The city that never sleeps. The city that leads the financial world. The city that has boundless resources and whose teams always play in front of a sold out, adoring throng.

    How many of the professional sports league head quarters are in New York? How many sports does New York have multiple teams in when many cities lack a single team in any sport? New York, your teams should win every year. The parades should be endless And yet they don’t and the parades aren’t. Why is that?

    And there you are. Saying, “Yeah. If we can hit him just right, we can knock him out of the game. Maybe end his career…Hey! Who cares? As long as we win.”

    Whatever it takes. Regardless of who is harmed or how it ends, as long as we win. Right New York?

    Good for you. As always the Big Apple sets the example.
    ———————————————————

    I’m sorry. We’re you under the impression that “randygnyc” was speaking for ALL Giants fans? Because he sure isn’t speaking for me! I for one want the Patriots as healthy as possible. That way, if the Giants win, there is no “If Gronk was healthy, we woulda…” discussion. If the Giants lose, then there is no dishonor in losing to a better team that was at full strength.

    Please don’t paint with such a broad brush. I have seen some pretty scummy comments from Pats fans, but I assume that not all Pats fans feel the same way as those low brow individuals.

    And besides, I honestly can’t wish for most guys in the NFL to get seriously injured. Maybe one or two of the Eagles, but that’s different…

  27. whhaaat says: Jan 29, 2012 10:33 PM

    He is gonna play. There were reporters that saw him running to the teams bus messing with the reporters. The fact that he is wearing a boot doesn’t mean that much. Odds are he could walk relatively fine with out it, but he wears it as part of his therapy. The boot both compresses and immobilizes and foot and ankle. By doing this it reduces the swelling so the ankle can heal. Swelling equals slow healing, and no swelling equals quick healing.

  28. nannymcsack says: Jan 29, 2012 10:34 PM

    But. it’s the gronk… he didn’t need surgery after he invented fire. why would he need surgery now?

  29. Deb says: Jan 29, 2012 10:47 PM

    @randygnyc & jdandcoke …

    None of us is naive. We all know at least some football players target opponents’ injuries because this season we heard injured players complain about how some guys went for their injured ligaments in pileups. But it’s not universal. If it were, we’d hear about it more often. No one would ever be able to play with an injury and make it off the field without further damage–but they do. So not every player sets out to cripple their opponents. And you can root for your team without hoping to see good players suffer career-ending injuries.

    I’m a Steelers fan, which means hating the Pats goes with the territory. But Brady is one of the greatest QBs in the history of the game. I could never wish for him, Welker, Gronkowski–or Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, or any rival player to suffer a career-ending injury. I love the game. That means it’s a privilege to watch players of that caliber. Sorry you don’t get it.

  30. cowboyfan45 says: Jan 29, 2012 10:50 PM

    walking boot today, then he wont be playing on Sunday, its that simple, don’t buy into he’ll be playing, he won’t, nothing but a smoke screen to keep the giants guessing….

  31. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 29, 2012 10:51 PM

    You pantywaists whining about the guy saying the Giants will target his ankle embarrass me to even call yourselves men. All NFL teams do it, including your smug head coach, who encourages it.

  32. jkr32 says: Jan 29, 2012 10:55 PM

    The media will lable him a warrior and heroe. Meanwhile they label T.O. a chump,even though he played injured in the superbowl.Gotta love the media and analysts.

  33. maddog716xxx says: Jan 29, 2012 11:24 PM

    as someone who has a high ankle sprain right now, its taken me about a month just to be able to walk normally, much less run/ cut. asking gronk to come back and play football in 2 weeks might be a tall order

  34. tombradyallday says: Jan 29, 2012 11:26 PM

    you know the giants are taking to take cheap shots at that ankle after he gets tackled. i could see it coming now

  35. bspn2 says: Jan 29, 2012 11:29 PM

    Why is there no mention of it being a grade 1 sprain???

  36. jharmon64 says: Jan 30, 2012 12:19 AM

    Does anybody think he won’t play……seriously?

    And if he doesn’t, they happen to have this cat named Hernandez.

  37. CKL says: Jan 30, 2012 12:46 AM

    Sigh…none of this would even be talked about like this if RG’s dad hadn’t opened his mouth. BB must want to murder Gordon G. (figuratively speaking). THIS is why TB stopped telling his own dad when HE gets hurt. His dad has a big mouth too.

  38. 1historian says: Jan 30, 2012 6:44 AM

    ‘Keep the giants guessing.’ Simple as that.

    Brady on a revenge mission

    Hernandez ain’t bad

    Is there ANYONE out there who doesn’t think that Belichik already has a plan either to play Gronk all-out, as a decoy or not at all?

    gints ain’t bad

    gonna be a good game – let’s just skip the pre-game b.s. and PLAY THE DAMN GAME.

  39. 8man says: Jan 30, 2012 7:25 AM

    I’m sure there are some malicious bastards who seek to hurt another player, but I believe the majority of players in this league, and all sports, would wince at the thought of intentionally inflicting damage on an existing injury. It’s a what-comes-around-goes-around league. They all have respect for one another and one another’s welfare.

    And I personally never wish injury upon any players. Now when they happen, I have been quoted as saying, “Hmm. Looks pretty nasty. I hope he takes ALL the time necessary to recover. Yeah. He shouldn’t rush to get back. Wouldn’t want that bother him in later life.”

    I’m having a hard time understanding why Tomlin didn’t have the faith in his backup QB’s and let Ben recover for the last couple of regular season games before the playoffs. People forget, they got to the Super Bowl last year and Ben didn’t even play in their first four games.

  40. jimyritz says: Jan 30, 2012 8:01 AM

    Gronk’s Dad must have money on the Giants…

    My guess is that BB will pick and choose his spots for Gronk to play in…Goal line, need a key a 3rd down completion…

  41. guypatsfan says: Jan 30, 2012 8:12 AM

    The only way that Gronk is not going to play is if you kill him. Sure, he may not be 100% effective, but he can still do things that don’t require a lot of runnung around, like blocking. The Pats’ coaching staff will know exactly how to use him.

  42. baron30 says: Jan 30, 2012 8:35 AM

    look out for the ghost of Ocho Cinco past to make an appearance in this game and play a huge role. BB loves throwing looks that a D has not seen before. Ocho has been an after thought all year but this might be the perfect time to break that 6 million dollar glass case.

  43. jackntorres says: Jan 30, 2012 11:13 AM

    bspn2 says:
    Jan 29, 2012 11:29 PM
    Why is there no mention of it being a grade 1 sprain???
    ——-
    Bc it’s either a 2 or 3, or else he wouldn’t need surgery. You should know what assuming does.

    Btw he will NOT be effective.

  44. rc33 says: Jan 30, 2012 11:21 AM

    randygnyc says: Jan 29, 2012 7:46 PM

    I’m not ashamed to say it, but the Giants must target his ankle. Can’t blame them either if he suffers permanent damage. He knows the risks, and if he plays, he’s obviously willing to take them.

    ———————————————–

    Dirtbag town that it is, that would surprise exactly no one.
    Hey, why don’t you target the head of a kick returner with a history of concussions as well? Oh, the dirtbag Giants already did that?

    This win is gonna be so freakin’ sweet.
    Cue the Yankees postseason collapse in ’04.
    Or every single Knicks game for about the past three decades.

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