While there was immediate, and natural speculation about whether Rob Gronkowski’s latest broken left arm was related to his first such injury this year, there’s now a report that the new one was in a different part of the arm.
According to Tom Curran of CSNNE.com, Gronkowski’s fracture Sunday was at the end of the protective plate installed previously.
Curran’s source said the current injury “had nothing to do with whether the arm was ready or not.”
While the plate helps the original injury heal, it also creates a new stress point on a bone where there wasn’t one previously.
The original break had apparently healed fully at the time of the latest injury, and the surgery performed Monday to repair that damage.
While that might allay concerns of whether he was rushed back, the end result is the same, that the Patriots won’t have one of their most dangerous threats the rest of this season.