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MRI confirms torn ACL, MCL for Gronkowski

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As expected, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered a torn ACL when hit low by Browns safety T.J. Ward on Sunday.

Per a league source, an MRI confirmed the damage.  Gronkowski will miss the rest of the season.  Surgery and rehab will affect his preparation for 2014.

The MRI also shows damage to the MCL.  Surgical repair might not be needed of the MCL.

If so, that provides a bit of a silver lining.  In 2008, Tom Brady tore an ACL and an MCL, and surgical tinkering with the MCL reportedly resulted in an infection.

For Gronkowski, who battled an infection following forearm surgery earlier this year, the prospect of future complications looms over the ACL repair.

“After the third [forearm] surgery, Robbie said, ‘I’m never doing this again,'” his mother said in October, amid questions that his return from forearm and back surgery was taking too long.  “And weeks later, he’s back in for the fourth one.  So he doesn’t want to go back where he was and start all over again.  It wasn’t fun.  It was so discouraging.”

The current situation will be discouraging for Gronkowski, the Patriots, and their fans.  From his return in Week Seven through Week 13, the Patriots had the highest-scoring offense in the NFL.

Without Gronkowski, the task of getting back to the Super Bowl becomes a lot more challenging.

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101 Responses to “MRI confirms torn ACL, MCL for Gronkowski”
  1. baltimorons says: Dec 9, 2013 10:11 AM

    Gronk hurt. Gronk sad.

  2. jpb12 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:11 AM

    Broncos should give TJ Ward a share of their Super Bowl winnings

  3. thepftpoet says: Dec 9, 2013 10:11 AM

    Hoping for a quick recovery.

    Gronk is good for the game of football.

    Although he is no Kyle Rudolph…

  4. dscags says: Dec 9, 2013 10:13 AM

    tough break for such a great player. nobody’s fault, just the way the NFL is….. can’t hit high.. gotta hit low. tough break for the pats

  5. lightcleric says: Dec 9, 2013 10:14 AM

    Hard not to feel bad for the guy, you fight back through so many surgeries and then this happens. I don’t know if he’s “injury-prone” or just has bad luck but that stinks.

  6. rbisson2013 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:16 AM

    Broncos won’t be there The pats will succeed ,Welker is a hurting puppy too!!

  7. bennyb82 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:17 AM

    The other silver lining is that he is not Aaron Hernandez.

  8. brazzz01 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:18 AM

    That sucks for both him and the Pats. Can’t sugarcoat this loss.

    Next man up. What can ya do.

  9. southpaw2k says: Dec 9, 2013 10:19 AM

    And once again, the injury bug levels the playing field for the rest of the teams in the AFC.

    I still believe in Peyton choking in January along the way, so who really looks primed for a playoff run?

  10. coachjohnharbaugh says: Dec 9, 2013 10:20 AM

    oh, that stinks

    #seeyouweek16

    #seeyouagaininjanuary

    #foxboroishomeawayfromhome

  11. exnavysub says: Dec 9, 2013 10:20 AM

    Will it be tougher for the Pats? Yes. But look at it this way. They won games without him. Look at the teams in the AFC that they may face in the playoffs.

    Broncos- They’re no lock to win in the playoffs. Look at last year. Look at the last Pats-Broncos game. Mannings record in the cold is not good.

    Chiefs – Just had a bad 3 game losing streak. Does anyone really fear Alex Smith and a Defense depleted by injuries

    Bengals – Dalton is inconsistent. Defense is missing some key guys. They havent played well in playoffs with Dalton either.

    I hate to say it, but I will predict the Patriots in the Super Bowl despite the odds. They always seem to find a way to over come as much as it sickens me. They got some help from the refs yesterday, but still looked good on offense without Gronk down the stretch.

  12. erock27 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:20 AM

    Wait till the new rule changes next year after all these knee shots cuz goodell is a moron, he didnt see this coming . What did he expect . Next year ur not going to be able to hit a defenseless reciever below the knee or above the shoulders , basicallly making it impossible for denfenses to tackle recievers going for the ball

  13. riders008 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:20 AM

    Be out one week if hit high (concussion)or be out one year if hit low..(torn ac l)…the nfl really has this wrong……being a browns fan ….tj ward had no choice but to hit low

  14. ravenswhat says: Dec 9, 2013 10:21 AM

    Coincidentally torn season for the Pats was also confirmed.

  15. beach305 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:22 AM

    While the Pat’s continued to be scumbag of a organization, I never like to see players get hurt.

  16. fantasysportslockerroom says: Dec 9, 2013 10:22 AM

    No.

  17. exnavysub says: Dec 9, 2013 10:23 AM

    Anyone that is counting the Pats out and basically giving the Super Bowl appearance to the Broncos is crazy. I WANT the Broncos in the Super Bowl, but be real. Their defense is awful and extremely inconsistent. I like Manning but its the end of his career, a career where he has often played bad in very cold weather. What is going to change at this stage of his career? The Broncos are far from a lock. But I do hope I am wrong.

  18. allhailkingflacco says: Dec 9, 2013 10:24 AM

    I’m no Patriots fan but what a damn shame.

  19. guitarkevin says: Dec 9, 2013 10:24 AM

    I feel bad for Gronk, he is a beast. But I am relieved he won’t be on the field when my team plays him.

  20. 3taintedchampionships2biglosses says: Dec 9, 2013 10:24 AM

    buh bye new england and brazzz01 – see you next summer.

  21. patriotsarespygaters says: Dec 9, 2013 10:25 AM

    ROFLMAO
    Karma is a Biatch
    Spygate
    Cheaters
    Welker made Brady
    0-2 in superbowls without videotaping and stealing signals

  22. salutethis says: Dec 9, 2013 10:25 AM

    Too bad.. Gronk has had a really tough year…

  23. adoombray says: Dec 9, 2013 10:26 AM

    It was such a vicious hit live. they showed the replay like 10 times too. dude was just writhing in agony. it’s messed up but TJ Ward wasnt gonna take down Gronk with a hit to the hips, because Gronk is a massive man. If he can’t go high, he has to go low. That was a touchdown catch without the tackle too.

    NFL has some serious conversations it has to have about diminishing quality of product. this really is starting to feel like one of those meals where you just add too much seasoning and it ends up tasting terrible. the excessive rule changes and tinkering is destroying the sport.

  24. vcupats says: Dec 9, 2013 10:29 AM

    The Pats will use it as a rallying point. None of these injuries have made them a better team, but they are becoming a tough and resourceful bunch.

  25. rooneyruleblues says: Dec 9, 2013 10:31 AM

    Hasta La Vista… Brady.

  26. dowhatifeellike says: Dec 9, 2013 10:31 AM

    riders008 says:
    Dec 9, 2013 10:20 AM
    Be out one week if hit high (concussion)or be out one year if hit low..(torn ac l)…the nfl really has this wrong……

    —–

    Disagree. There is life after football. Gronk can get a new knee and live a normal life. We have yet to find a fix for a damaged brain.

  27. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 9, 2013 10:32 AM

    The worst part about this is thinking back on all the beastly plays Gronk has made dragging 2 or 3 defenders on his back into the endzone or for extra yardage… and now I have to listen to a bunch of hater jabronies who have never played the game call him “soft.”

  28. brazzz01 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:32 AM

    buh bye new england and brazzz01 – see you next summer.
    ——-
    Why would I go anywhere?

  29. musician0785 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:33 AM

    gotta wonder about ppl who make up usernames just to troll…..patriotsarespygaters…..3taintedblahblahblah…..

  30. bradybbgoat says: Dec 9, 2013 10:35 AM

    Never thought I would put Gronk and smart in the same sentence, but he looks like such a genius for signing that extension last summer.

  31. sacpete1 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:35 AM

    patriotsarespygaters says: Dec 9, 2013 10:25 AM

    ROFLMAO
    Karma is a Biatch
    Spygate
    Cheaters
    Welker made Brady
    0-2 in superbowls without videotaping and stealing signals

    Are you 12 years old? You really need to get a life and stop with this Patriots obsession. You look like a moron posting this all the time.

  32. brazzz01 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:35 AM

    Broncos- They’re no lock to win in the playoffs. Look at last year. Look at the last Pats-Broncos game. Mannings record in the cold is not good.

    Chiefs – Just had a bad 3 game losing streak. Does anyone really fear Alex Smith and a Defense depleted by injuries

    Bengals – Dalton is inconsistent. Defense is missing some key guys. They havent played well in playoffs with Dalton either.
    —-

    The Chiefs and Bengals would be tough outs. The Pats match up well with neither team imo. Personally I’d like them not to play the Ravens either for the same reason.

    The Broncos and that laughably putrid defense are a different story. I would welcome a playoff rematch with Peyton and those guys.

  33. mataug says: Dec 9, 2013 10:36 AM

    If the Pats make it to the Super Bowl with so many key injuries, it may be their best achievement in the Brady-Belichick era. And just to clarify, I’m a Colts fan.

  34. Youknowimright says: Dec 9, 2013 10:37 AM

    Lower hitting targets leading to more blown out knees. NFL is protecting heads and hurting knees. Shortening careers and ruining the brand of football. Below the knee tackles will now need to be re-evaluated and the hitting zone shortens even more. Making it even harder to referee and play the game. The direction of the NFL is straight down. Gambling an FF are the only things keeping it a float right now.

  35. exnavysub says: Dec 9, 2013 10:37 AM

    I hate his personality, at least how he treats press conferences and some reporters, but Bill Bellichick can coach. One of the best ever. To count his team out is a huge mistake. The Pats have shown they can move the ball when they need to without Gronk, and their Defense has played very well this season.

  36. thedoubleentandres says: Dec 9, 2013 10:37 AM

    I think if Ward hit me exactly like that I would explode or spontaneously combust or sumfin.
    One of the most brutal shots I can recall seeing

  37. brazzz01 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:38 AM

    The Pats will use it as a rallying point. None of these injuries have made them a better team, but they are becoming a tough and resourceful bunch.

    —-
    The pats haven’t faced much adversity in recent years, and it showed in their playoff exits since the dynasty. They were exposed as a soft bunch.

    This year I’d say they certainly have faced adversity and are battle hardened. So have the last few SB champs. We’ll see how that translates in January.

  38. slaugin says: Dec 9, 2013 10:38 AM

    I really think it’s classy for this board to put aside their hate for an organization and show respect for a lost NFL Superstar. The game just got robbed of Gronks Talents for the rest of the year. I also gained respect for Ward for shaking Gronks hand as he was being carted out. Tough Loss

  39. doctormantistoboggan says: Dec 9, 2013 10:39 AM

    nice. pats are the worst and deserve the worst luck after getting a 10 year string of undeserved rings and come from behind wins based on serendipity alone.

  40. doorharp11 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:40 AM

    fans giving excuses for these low hits does nothing for the game please tell me why a grown man cant tackle the proper way. he could have just ended his career and for what? i thouht the nfl was a brotherhood the nfl wee is bad and im giving it another year if the nfl hasnt cleaned up its officiating, rules, and policies of tackling i will no longer be a fan

  41. jimmyt says: Dec 9, 2013 10:41 AM

    He was seen at a club dancing later last night.

  42. schmitty2 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:47 AM

    Being a Patriot’s TE this year has been bad for your health….or someone elses.

  43. melikefootball says: Dec 9, 2013 10:47 AM

    Oh NO that is all we will hear about on ESPN today.

  44. packerbackersince71 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:48 AM

    … I so do enjoy seeing Brady getting Hit More and More as the Season winds Down and it’s Only a Matter of time before Mr. Happy Feet and Quick Throw costs them the Season and he will sink into the Sunset !!! … Also , nice to see the Viagra Kid , Bob Kraft AGING before our Eyes , Stress will do that to you !!! …

  45. southpaw2k says: Dec 9, 2013 10:48 AM

    sacpete1 says:
    Dec 9, 2013 10:35 AM
    patriotsarespygaters says: Dec 9, 2013 10:25 AM

    ROFLMAO
    Karma is a Biatch
    Spygate
    Cheaters
    Welker made Brady
    0-2 in superbowls without videotaping and stealing signals

    Are you 12 years old? You really need to get a life and stop with this Patriots obsession. You look like a moron posting this all the time.

    ————————————————

    While I’m inclined to agree with you, don’t forget this is the same site where countless trolls still bring up Ray Lewis’ trial, Rex Ryan’s foot fetish, Ben Roethlisberger’s bathroom escapades and motorcycle accident, and Michael Vick’s dog fighting history, even though they tend to screw up the facts in almost every case every time.

  46. nfl fan says: Dec 9, 2013 10:49 AM

    There goes my Fantasy team.

  47. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 9, 2013 10:52 AM

    This man is sacrificing his entire body to the football gods and they are pleased.

  48. chefjon81 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:54 AM

    If Tebow was finally willing to change positions, that might actually be a fit. He can’t be a worse option at TE compared to what they have on the roster right now.

  49. brutus9448 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:57 AM

    Does it matter? All brady has to do is chuck it into the endzone and the refs will give him a PI call with the ball on the 1 yard line.

    It’s a business like any other. Brady deep in the playoffs is good for business.

  50. righthereisay says: Dec 9, 2013 10:58 AM

    Am I missing something? There was no mention of Bernard Pollard.

  51. patriotinvasion says: Dec 9, 2013 11:01 AM

    For the 3rd straight season, an injury to Gronk will prevent the Pats from winning the Super Bowl. If healthy, the Pats are probably going for a 3-peat this year. Fact.

  52. jagsfan1 says: Dec 9, 2013 11:01 AM

    Hate to see him get hurt. I hate the Pats but the way they have overcome things this year is amazing.

    Can’t count them out….with Denver as consensus best team – that puts even more pressure on Manning – who will inevitably choke again in Playoffs.

    Hate them – but Pats are always prepared and other teams fear them. They will probably get to the Super Bowl.

  53. mj2sexay says: Dec 9, 2013 11:02 AM

    Anyone else shocked this hit wasn’t perpetrated by Bernard Pollard?!

    Hey Belicheck maybe that’s what you get for taking a needless pot shot at the Jets this week despite STEALING a million dollar from a dying Leon Hess.

    SEASON OVER Pats fans.

  54. bryans49ers says: Dec 9, 2013 11:04 AM

    He has got to be asking himself is football all worth it any longer?

  55. doctormantistoboggan says: Dec 9, 2013 11:05 AM

    This will severely limit his dancing at Jacque’s Cabaret.

  56. stampnhawk says: Dec 9, 2013 11:05 AM

    Having once torn those ligaments on a play, wouldn’t wish that on anyone.

    How long until TMZ spots him in Vegas though? He better cut out the dance moves for at least 6 months.

  57. faninvirginia says: Dec 9, 2013 11:09 AM

    Not a pats fan, actually like it when the Brady bunch loses, but I also think they will succeed, no team overcomes these things better, and I respect them for that.

    I also think Gronk will be dancing half naked in a bar somewhere in a couple months!!

  58. BED MAN OKC says: Dec 9, 2013 11:13 AM

    Hey patriots are spygaters…0-2 in superboels since spy gate, at least they’ve BEEN to super bowls in order to lose.

    There are probably 31 other teams who would LOVE to lose to Super Bowls.

    I can’t stand Brady & they got away with one in Oakland years ago and set this dynasty in motion…

    you are seriously, the dumbest poster i have seen today.

  59. 4512dawg4512 says: Dec 9, 2013 11:16 AM

    Gronk spends more time on the operating table than Bruce Jenner, he’s damaged goods

  60. dscags says: Dec 9, 2013 11:25 AM

    when will everyone grow up from the spygate BS? PATS have been to 2 super bowls since. They also have the best record combine since spygate than any team.. patriots will also make the playoffs again and get the bye in the playoffs again with losing so many key players.. face it… Belichick is a great coach and Brady is a great player.. sorry your teams sucks every year! but don’t hate.

  61. cubb1 says: Dec 9, 2013 11:25 AM

    The patriots will be lucky if they get more than 10 games in a season out of Gronk again.

  62. jimjets says: Dec 9, 2013 11:26 AM

    I’m gonna miss that crazy kid!

    Anyone have TJ Wards address? I was gonna send an Xmas card

  63. averagjoe says: Dec 9, 2013 11:27 AM

    Much has been written about Gronk being injury prone. The truth is that anyone taking a vicious hit on the knee as he did is going to be injured. As it a “legal” hit? If lunging at a player’s knee at full speed is legal, then it shouldn’t be. I looked at Ward’s hit on Gronk several times and it still looks totally malicious to me.

  64. frankiesweep says: Dec 9, 2013 11:30 AM

    Pats are done… They couldn’t score while he was gone, and they needed a total miracle yesterday to get a win..

    Cya Pasts!

  65. southpaw2k says: Dec 9, 2013 11:31 AM

    jagsfan1 says:
    Dec 9, 2013 11:01 AM
    Hate to see him get hurt. I hate the Pats but the way they have overcome things this year is amazing.

    Can’t count them out….with Denver as consensus best team – that puts even more pressure on Manning – who will inevitably choke again in Playoffs.

    Hate them – but Pats are always prepared and other teams fear them. They will probably get to the Super Bowl.

    ————————————————-

    The Patriots definitely do have a history of overcoming injuries and maxing productivity from whoever is on their roster.

    I’m not about to simply hand them the AFC trophy on the way to Super Bowl 48, however. One team who definitely does not fear them is the Ravens. If the Ravens do make the playoffs – and incidentally, they host the Patriots in Week 16 – they know how to pressure Brady and frustrate him. The last three times the Ravens and Patriots went head to head (including two Championship Game meetings) the Ravens brought the heat. They are not intimidated by Belichick or Brady whatsoever.

    I’m not saying it’s a lock the Ravens would beat the Patriots, but they definitely do not fear them.

  66. dengefever63 says: Dec 9, 2013 11:34 AM

    gronk hurt again..what shock…

  67. elvoid says: Dec 9, 2013 11:37 AM

    These “we can’t hit high, so we’re hitting low” excuses are getting ridiculous.

    The problem here is plain and simple: Players rarely “tackle” anymore – they “hit.” There is a huge difference in the execution of those two moves.

    There is a wide expanse on a ball carrier from shoulders to knees. A properly executed tackle in that target area will result in bringing a player down – or at lease slowing him up enough for others to get to him.

    I honestly don’t think tackling is taught anymore – just “hitting.”

  68. metintodd says: Dec 9, 2013 11:41 AM

    Gronk needs to hang it up and call it a career. This is becoming a joke. Brady will be retired by the time he comes back again.

    To me, it was a dirty cheap shot by TJ Ward, deliberately targeting the knee. He went right after the knee. What did he think would happen? He needs to be fined and suspended from the NFL for as long as Gronk is out. Disgraceful bush league move.

  69. atxpatfan says: Dec 9, 2013 11:48 AM

    riders008 says:
    Dec 9, 2013 10:20 AM
    Be out one week if hit high (concussion)or be out one year if hit low..(torn ac l)…the nfl really has this wrong……being a browns fan ….tj ward had no choice but to hit low

    ————————————————-

    He had no choice but to hit high or hit low? What’s between Gronks waist and his shoulders? Air?

    I’ve been watching football for a really long time and seem to remember when defenders actually used their arms to reach out, wrap guys up and you know…actually try to tackle them.

    Then at some point, these guys started launching themselves like missiles head or shoulder pad first into guys face masks.

    10 years ago, Ward would have been ripped up and down and probably suspended for that BS hit to a players knee. That could have been career ending!

    Now it’s “oh…cause of Goodell, we can’t concuss people so we have to break their legs…what else can we do!”

    I used to feel sympathy for the Browns…but now…not so much.

  70. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 9, 2013 11:54 AM

    Karma for all of the official’s missed calls that favored the patriots.

  71. crewdawg says: Dec 9, 2013 11:54 AM

    Pats deserve two lombardis if they win the super bowl with the ridiculous amount of injuries they’ve had.

  72. realfootballfan says: Dec 9, 2013 11:56 AM

    His career might just be over. Sad this guy just can’t stay healthy.

  73. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 9, 2013 11:56 AM

    nasty, nasty injury.

    But, he’ll be body slamming his brothers in a bar in about 30 days.

  74. jeremycrowhurst says: Dec 9, 2013 12:10 PM

    1. Ward has a job to do. He has to make the hit to stop the receiver, and given the 8 inches and 65 pound difference between the two, he has to go lower than he would if he was going after Danny Amendola.

    2. ACL injuries are so often a matter of a couple of millimeters away from being a non-injury. Ward hit him just as Gronk’s right leg was planting. If he hits him 1/10th of a second sooner, the exposed right leg is in the air and Gronk just gets dumped. 1/10th of a second later, and Gronk is on his left leg, and again he just goes up and over Ward. 2/10ths of a secon later, and Ward misses him and Gronk has a clear path to the endzone.

  75. tformation says: Dec 9, 2013 12:21 PM

    Never liked the Pats, but, man, I hate seeing this. Gronk is fun to watch. And brutal to get such a nasty injury after coming back so recently from another one.

    Heal up, Gronk.

  76. keylimelight says: Dec 9, 2013 12:31 PM

    Not a Pats fan. I hated seeing Gronk go down. (Adrian Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, too.) But the Pats were were finding ways to win without him for most of this season.

    Yes it always hurts to lose a big talent, but of the three teams which lost a big name player to knee injury, Belichick and Brady are the most likely to adapt and adjust well this late in the season.

  77. dstroi says: Dec 9, 2013 12:44 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Dec 9, 2013 10:11 AM
    Hoping for a quick recovery.

    Gronk is good for the game of football.

    Although he is no Kyle Rudolph…
    *******************************************
    Who is Kyle Rudolph?

  78. therealtruth210 says: Dec 9, 2013 12:46 PM

    patriotinvasion says:
    Dec 9, 2013 11:01 AM

    For the 3rd straight season, an injury to Gronk will prevent the Pats from winning the Super Bowl. If healthy, the Pats are probably going for a 3-peat this year. Fact.

    ______________________________________________________________

    FACT… without cheating ZERO super bowl…you tool

  79. pats1977 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:04 PM

    exnavysub says:
    Dec 9, 2013 10:20 AM
    Will it be tougher for the Pats? Yes. But look at it this way. They won games without him. Look at the teams in the AFC that they may face in the playoffs.

    Broncos- They’re no lock to win in the playoffs. Look at last year. Look at the last Pats-Broncos game. Mannings record in the cold is not good.

    Chiefs – Just had a bad 3 game losing streak. Does anyone really fear Alex Smith and a Defense depleted by injuries

    Bengals – Dalton is inconsistent. Defense is missing some key guys. They havent played well in playoffs with Dalton either.

    I hate to say it, but I will predict the Patriots in the Super Bowl despite the odds. They always seem to find a way to over come as much as it sickens me. They got some help from the refs yesterday, but still looked good on offense without Gronk down the stretch.

    *******************************************

    Not to mention, neither Dobson or Thompkin played yesterday.

  80. rob471773 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:06 PM

    This was a “legal” hit, but a very dirty one.

    I’m so sick of hearing these morons saying “this is what Goodell wants” or “Well you can’t hit high so you have to go low”

    Please save it, you sound like Brandon Meriweather who basically has a 2nd grade education.

    No one tackles anymore. Players should be driving there shoulder into the gut, hip, or thighs of a player, wrapping them up and taking them to the ground.

    The problem is these DBs are scared to man up and actually tackle, they are looking for the easy way out (headshots or dirty low blows).

    Gronk is 6′ 7″, there’s plenty of real estate between his head and knees. Ward had plenty of time to line up his hit too, he choose to go low because he’s a coward.

  81. broncfanwa says: Dec 9, 2013 1:08 PM

    WAY not a Pats fan, and sure, this makes me feel a little bit better about our playoff hopes, but i’ve seen too many knee surgeries on my husband to be happy about this injury, or to wish it on anybody. Best wishes for a speedy, full recovery, Gronk, and we’ll see you in the playoffs next year!

  82. bullcharger says: Dec 9, 2013 1:20 PM

    frankiesweep says:Dec 9, 2013 11:30 AM

    Pats are done… They couldn’t score while he was gone, and they needed a total miracle yesterday to get a win..

    Cya Pasts!

    ———————–

    A Win is a win and the Patriots are 10-3 and have taken a lot of teams best shot and survived a ton of injuries. Good luck to any team trying to knock the Patriots out… they will need it.

  83. winstonjed44 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:21 PM

    As valuable as the QB is in this league, when you have a elite one, you’ve got a shot, which is why the Broncos and Pats are the class of the AFC despite deficiencies on both teams. But I just can’t see the Pats overcoming this loss, their offense was just starting to get hot with Gronk back, especially as the defense slumping down the stretch. The run defense is atrocious and Talib’s play is up and down and he is always battling injury and Dennard is hurt again as well. If they get out to as slow of a start in the playoffs as they have been lately, I just don’t see them recovering.

  84. dynaco says: Dec 9, 2013 1:23 PM

    NE = 1 & done

  85. bullcharger says: Dec 9, 2013 1:24 PM

    therealtruth210 says:Dec 9, 2013 12:46 PM

    patriotinvasion says:
    Dec 9, 2013 11:01 AM

    For the 3rd straight season, an injury to Gronk will prevent the Pats from winning the Super Bowl. If healthy, the Pats are probably going for a 3-peat this year. Fact.

    ______________________________________________________________

    FACT… without cheating ZERO super bowl…you tool

    —————-

    Terrell Suggs, is that you?

  86. bullcharger says: Dec 9, 2013 1:33 PM

    winstonjed44 says:Dec 9, 2013 1:21 PM

    As valuable as the QB is in this league, when you have a elite one, you’ve got a shot, which is why the Broncos and Pats are the class of the AFC despite deficiencies on both teams. But I just can’t see the Pats overcoming this loss, their offense was just starting to get hot with Gronk back, especially as the defense slumping down the stretch. The run defense is atrocious and Talib’s play is up and down and he is always battling injury and Dennard is hurt again as well. If they get out to as slow of a start in the playoffs as they have been lately, I just don’t see them recovering.

    ——————-

    The running back for the Browns got 33 yards rushing yesterday. The running backs for Carolina had 41 yards rushing. The Patriots defense plays tough when needed. Don’t confuse the strategy they had against Denver to let them run it and pick their poison with a bad run defense. Admittedly they struggled against Houston and didn’t hold the Browns in the second half yesterday in passing, but they’ve had some great games also since Wilfork and Mayo went out. It’s still the best defense they’ve had in 5 years.

    They also played better yesterday with Gronk out of the game then in it. No question they will miss Gronk, but I’ve seen Brady win a superbowl with less talent on offense.

  87. southpaw2k says: Dec 9, 2013 1:35 PM

    bullcharger says:
    Dec 9, 2013 1:24 PM
    therealtruth210 says:Dec 9, 2013 12:46 PM

    patriotinvasion says:
    Dec 9, 2013 11:01 AM

    For the 3rd straight season, an injury to Gronk will prevent the Pats from winning the Super Bowl. If healthy, the Pats are probably going for a 3-peat this year. Fact.

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    FACT… without cheating ZERO super bowl…you tool

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    Terrell Suggs, is that you?

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    No, Terrell would have said, “Have fun at the Pro Bowl, Patriots!”

  88. brazzz01 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:36 PM

    FACT… without cheating THREE super bowls…you tool

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    Corrected your silly post.

    Much better. I like accuracy.

  89. voltron217 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:43 PM

    The devil is finally cashing in on the deal Kraft signed with him years ago.

  90. listenup823 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:46 PM

    Pats will get run over in Denver this year… No Gronk, no homer refs, no win..

  91. listenup823 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:56 PM

    Patriots 10-6

  92. winstonjed44 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:58 PM

    bullcharger The Pats run defense is the 31st ranked run defense in the league, so yes they are very bad. Holding the Browns 28th ranked run offense to that margin is only slightly impressive and Cam Newton also had 62 yards rushing against NE, so they allowed 103 yards rushing which isn’t bad, but Carolina could run when they wanted to. Brady won a SB with arguably less talent, but also he had a much better defense than they have now.

  93. RE LEE says: Dec 9, 2013 2:12 PM

    I don’t care what ward is saying now…. I watched that film over and over and he clearly was going for that knee. It’s a vicious hit. Those haters saying the pats are one and done… Been hearing that since the start of the season. They know the pats have lost a lot of good players and are still losing developing good players. Even a few of our own fans leave the stadium when we are way down. But the pats have grit. Gronk was out and is now out but the rest of the players will soldier on. Win or lose I am never prouder of the pats as I am this season. They are putting out a valiant fight. True football fans respect that spirit. As for Gronk—- party on!!! I don’t want to see you sad… You remind of Prince Harry. Such a goofball.

  94. steelersnowand4ever says: Dec 9, 2013 2:13 PM

    Guess the NFL needs to start handing out the flags for the NFFL (National Flag Football League)

  95. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 9, 2013 2:16 PM

    This is roger goodells fault. More and more receivers are getting hurt with major injuries as a direct result of no hitting high. Look at Randall Cobbs injury. That completely changed the packers offense, and this will doom the patriots.

  96. kitnamania13 says: Dec 9, 2013 2:21 PM

    Another serious injury that can be chalked up to the lack of tackling in tackle football.

  97. kate773 says: Dec 9, 2013 4:41 PM

    I would talk about how there are some really sick people on this site but I suspect that they are looking for attention so I won’t give them any more.

    Gronk will be back, this is terribly bad timing but he’s a workout warrior. His strengths are his strength, hands and (yes) football intelligence. His strength has been messed with but he’ll get it back, I have no doubts. He also has youth on his side.

    And sorry, but I have to agree, may have been clean but you can’t tell me he wasn’t aiming for his knee. I’m sure he feels bad now that he actually hurt the guy but you will never convince me he had no choice but to go that low. I’ve seen so many hits this year that I thought were going to end with the guy on a cart (some of those hits delivered by my team as well). Its on the coaches to teach these guys that there is actually an area between the shoulders and knees that you can hit. Don’t give me that garbage that you can’t hit high so you have to aim for the knee. Baloney. BA-loney.

  98. iowahbr says: Dec 9, 2013 5:35 PM

    Players have gotten bigger, faster, and stronger and the fields offer better footing and they wear better cleats. Is there any data that indicates these types of injuries are happening more often on artificial rather than natural playing fields? If so let get back to grass everywhere as there is little that we can do to make the ligaments in our bodies stronger.

    I don’t think all these injuries are attributable to the new “no high hits” rule changes.

  99. agentfreak82 says: Dec 10, 2013 1:00 AM

    Could not have happened to a nicer guy.

  100. yizudien says: Dec 10, 2013 7:33 AM

    I must be missing something, how is this guy getting hurt so much? Is it his play style or is it the rules changes on getting hit or is he not doing the right kind of work out in the off season to help take the hits he is getting.

    The pats invested in this guy and so far all they have gotten is a kind of working TE.

    Somethings wrong with this guy.

  101. mogogo1 says: Dec 10, 2013 11:18 AM

    “If so, that provides a bit of a silver lining.”
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    I’d consider myself to be an optimist, but even I don’t see any silver lining to a constantly injured guy who has had troubles recovering from injuries having yet another severe injury. Pretty good chance he may be done with the Patriots. And he’s never going to reach his full potential being hurt as often as he is. Bad luck and a sad story.

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