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Rob Gronkowski playing through significant pain

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has started all four games this year and played fairly well, but his numbers are down from his great 2011 season, and injuries may be the reason.

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reports that Gronkowski, who has been listed on the injury report with a hip problem, is playing through significant pain.

Reiss suspects that the Patriots are actually more concerned about Gronkowski’s long-term health than about the health of tight end Aaron Hernandez, who has missed two games with an ankle injury.

The Patriots cut down on Gronkowski’s playing time last week against the Bills, presumably because he’s at less than 100 percent, and he has been limited in practice as well. Still, Gronkowski managed to five passes for 104 yards and a touchdown, so Gronkowski at less than 100 percent is still one of the best tight ends in the NFL.

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20 Responses to “Rob Gronkowski playing through significant pain”
  1. tooz72 says: Oct 7, 2012 8:54 AM

    so do a lot of players but because it’s Brady’s bf, there has to be an article on it

  2. Obama's Ballsack says: Oct 7, 2012 9:03 AM

    Spygate

  3. CKL says: Oct 7, 2012 9:08 AM

    Gronk is a tough dude. I can’t imagine too many skill players even being able to play at all 2 weeks after the ankle injury he got last year in the AFCC. That said, I’m more worried about the Pats young D today (not talent wise, but that they are so inexperienced against a vet like PM)than I am about the O. This will be a hellafied test for the D.

  4. jameswestphal says: Oct 7, 2012 9:10 AM

    @tooz72 You mad bro? Did the cable go out in your mom’s basement? Always love hearing from the friendless adult-virgin crowd.

  5. librarianfootballfan says: Oct 7, 2012 9:19 AM

    It’s a story because :

    1. Hernandez has been out with injury and the spotlight has been on that.
    2. Gronkowski is a record-holding TE and an important part of the Patriots offense.
    3. The Patriots have made news with the inventive use of the duel TE tandem in their offense

    Try less hating and have more general interest in football news.

  6. Gordon says: Oct 7, 2012 9:21 AM

    He must have injured that hip while doing his crazy shirtless dancing in clubs.

  7. jmc000 says: Oct 7, 2012 9:30 AM

    His numbers are only down slightly.

    Through 4 games last season

    18 rec
    296 yards
    5 TD

    This season

    19 rec
    260 yards
    3 TD

  8. pixelito says: Oct 7, 2012 9:37 AM

    Gronkowski’s face looks like it’s on steroids.

  9. gingerkidboston2012 says: Oct 7, 2012 9:51 AM

    @ j0sixpack – Love the note of sarcasm in your post. I have to wonder though if PFT writers are even watching the games. If they did they would also notice that Gronk has been blocking a lot more than last year as well. But suspecting injuries are much interesting than commenting on the obvious. Then there are the losers who invoke Brady as a reason why anyone would care or Spygate, in which case I would recommend that they not forget to wipe the Cheetos dust off their fingers before they start typing.

  10. ampats says: Oct 7, 2012 9:55 AM

    Its an article because Gronk is the best Tight End in the NFL, a BEAST and has become one of the biggest stars in the game both on and off the field !

  11. ldenne says: Oct 7, 2012 10:00 AM

    So is everyone else in the NFL!

  12. onbucky96 says: Oct 7, 2012 10:13 AM

    This is Plant Gronk. Time to party ‘Bra!

  13. hehateme2 says: Oct 7, 2012 10:17 AM

    At least its not another jest story…

  14. sourdough says: Oct 7, 2012 10:37 AM

    @inventivefootblfan: the patriots didn’t invent the double te set. Double te sets date back to the ’70’s. Typical bandwagon fan. Learn some NFL history before opening your mouth and making yourself look foolish.

  15. cmdrsmooth says: Oct 7, 2012 11:01 AM

    Gronk just needs to take dance it off.

  16. cmdrsmooth says: Oct 7, 2012 11:01 AM

    Gronk just needs to dance it off.

  17. patriots123456 says: Oct 7, 2012 11:58 AM

    It is a story because the Pats have the best duel tight end combo in the NFL, and they are both hurt.

    I suppose if they didn’t have this story they could have started a story on a new Rex Ryan comment.

    LOL

  18. patswillreign says: Oct 7, 2012 12:08 PM

    Put some Robitussin on it…let that tussin get in there boy.

  19. bathroomben7 says: Oct 7, 2012 1:07 PM

    Gronkowski is Spencer Pratt with muscles

  20. librarianfootballfan says: Oct 7, 2012 2:24 PM

    @sourdough — What, you have to have an encyclopedic knowledge of football back to the leatherheads to comment on this board? Get off your high horse man.

    Patriots are doing something special with their tight ends — now being copied by other teams.

    Scouts, Inc Matt Williamson 5/30/11 :

    The Patriots are loaded at this position and use their tight ends like no other team in the league. Defenses must distinguish pre-snap how they count each tight end. By doing so, defenses show their hands to quarterback Tom Brady, who exploits the weaknesses. The Pats can mix and match their tight ends and offensive personnel overall like no other offense in the NFL.

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