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Two Gronkowski brothers suffer injuries at regional combines

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The NFL’s regional combines serve as an opportunity for prospective players to show what they can do for NFL teams. But they also serve as an opportunity for players to get hurt, as two members of the Gronkowski family found out the hard way.

According to Albert Breer of NFL Network, free agent tight end Dan Gronkowski ruptured a pectoral muscle during the bench press on Saturday at the regional combine in Detroit and had to withdraw before finishing workouts for the scouts in attendance.

Dan’s injury comes three weeks after another member of the family, Chris Gronkowski, suffered a hamstring injury and couldn’t finish a regional combine in Miami. Chris referred to his hamstring injury as just “tweaking it a little bit.” Dan’s pectoral injury sounds more serious than that.

The regional combines are different from the annual Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, which is just for draft-eligible players. Regional combines attract free agents, many of whom already have NFL experience. Dan Gronkowski has played in 21 NFL games and Chris Gronkowski has played in 35 NFL games, but neither is currently under contract to an NFL team.

The best player of the Gronkowski brothers, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, is on schedule in his recovery from surgery to repair a torn ACL. The three NFL Gronkowskis also have an older brother who is a former minor league baseball player and a younger brother who is a fullback at Kansas State.

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44 Responses to “Two Gronkowski brothers suffer injuries at regional combines”
  1. haydenpryor says: Apr 13, 2014 5:32 PM

    I guess being injury prone is hereditary

  2. rg3andthensome says: Apr 13, 2014 5:32 PM

    What is this Saving Private Ryan???

  3. mackcarrington says: Apr 13, 2014 5:35 PM

    If these players already have some NFL experience, then what, exactly, are scouts looking for in these combines? Why don’t they just bring them into training camp and see them under real football conditions?

  4. shackdelrio says: Apr 13, 2014 5:36 PM

    Their dad must be Mr Glass from Unbreakable

  5. jakec4 says: Apr 13, 2014 5:37 PM

    Actually I heard that Rob tore his other ACL in Dr. James Andrews waiting room while going for a different magazine.

  6. rushbacker says: Apr 13, 2014 5:39 PM

    Time for the Gronks to give up– they aren’t built for tackle football.

  7. prideof10000lakes says: Apr 13, 2014 5:54 PM

    That’s what happens when you make 12 year olds start lifting weights

  8. myworldurjuslivinit says: Apr 13, 2014 5:54 PM

    Gronk Circus is over before it got started…

  9. mattbarkley123 says: Apr 13, 2014 6:03 PM

    who cares?

  10. rr2000k says: Apr 13, 2014 6:04 PM

    An injured Gronk….who’d have thunk.

  11. samapoc says: Apr 13, 2014 6:09 PM

    roids

  12. alshonbrandontandem says: Apr 13, 2014 6:16 PM

    Steroid use runs in the family I guess

  13. cruelintentions662 says: Apr 13, 2014 6:18 PM

    Meet the Gronkowski’s injury prone tree!!

  14. 88ibis says: Apr 13, 2014 6:26 PM

    There’s a woman who’s the mother of 5 Gronkowski brothers? All meatheads? She deserves an award for valor. I’m guessing there were a lot of broken windows and lamps in that house.

  15. MichaelEdits says: Apr 13, 2014 6:31 PM

    “The three NFL Gronkowskis also have an older brother who is a former minor league baseball player and a younger brother who is a fullback at Kansas State.” Are they injured yet?

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 13, 2014 6:33 PM

    A burden on the health care system.

  17. lanman11 says: Apr 13, 2014 6:36 PM

    When Gronk plays he plays wide open, 110%. Those that are cracking jokes were probably the same people admiring his play when he was bowling people over and breaking multiple tackles.

  18. thelastwordyaheard says: Apr 13, 2014 6:37 PM

    So if you’re born into this family, you’re a lock to become a pro athlete.. who gets hurt a lot

  19. 13arod says: Apr 13, 2014 6:45 PM

    injury prone runs in the family i guess

  20. officialgame says: Apr 13, 2014 6:47 PM

    Good thing they didn’t get into bull fighting.

  21. ravenswhat says: Apr 13, 2014 6:49 PM

    Glasskowski clan.

  22. fearthehoody says: Apr 13, 2014 7:18 PM

    Get well Rob! Pats Nation can’t wait for RoboGronk!!!

  23. tigerlilac says: Apr 13, 2014 7:26 PM

    An armchair PFT boy making fun of Rob Gronkowski . . . 90% of the guys making fun of Rob would literally wet their pants if they tried to tackle him. The other ten percent probably have pictures of him taped to their pillow.

  24. raymondtx says: Apr 13, 2014 7:35 PM

    Wow. You cant make this stuff up. Did they ever drink milk in that household?????

  25. politicallyincorrect says: Apr 13, 2014 7:38 PM

    no real respect for any of the Gronks

    none are bright and I think performance enhancers played a big part in any apparent success.. if so, I think they stole a living they were not entitled to

    think Gronk seems to enjoy dancing shirtless with guys more than playing football

  26. mapedog1 says: Apr 13, 2014 7:39 PM

    Ah, hamstring and pec injuries. The mileau of the steroid/HGH user.

  27. sandy102270 says: Apr 13, 2014 7:41 PM

    The Amish and Russion czars have genetic diseases from the limited gene pools in which they swim.

    Hey, it’s a theory.

  28. patriotsarespygaters says: Apr 13, 2014 7:49 PM

    wow this was too easy for the trolls

  29. grimreaper12 says: Apr 13, 2014 7:51 PM

    Gronk rules!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #GOPATS #PATSNATION

  30. gammynomnom says: Apr 13, 2014 8:28 PM

    a sixth Gronk brother has just torn a retina while reading this article.

  31. drewzducks says: Apr 13, 2014 8:29 PM

    I’m not sure who’s had it tougher, the Footballing Gronkowski’s or the Flying Wallenda’s.

  32. beavertonsteve says: Apr 13, 2014 8:44 PM

    Laugh all you want, but you gotta admit as far as athletic ability is concerned their parents’ genes are about an 11 on the 1-10 scale.

  33. bryantrulen says: Apr 13, 2014 9:00 PM

    These regional combines truly are just another revenue driver that came into existence once Roger Goodell Took over. each participant pays a 250 fee just to attend. they are spread out all across the country. Most of these guys dont even get a sniff

  34. billsfan1 says: Apr 13, 2014 9:05 PM

    When Gronk plays he plays wide open, 110%. Those that are cracking jokes were probably the same people admiring his play when he was bowling people over and breaking multiple tackles.

    By breaking multiple tackles Im assume you mean, bones

  35. thefootballgodssay says: Apr 13, 2014 9:11 PM

    super bowl 42 & 46 LOSERS NE PATS

  36. jeffreyshulenburg says: Apr 13, 2014 9:43 PM

    The entire family is made of glass

  37. vincentbojackson says: Apr 13, 2014 10:43 PM

    Loosely translated, Gronkowski means “big dufus made of glass”.

  38. vikingcheesegrater says: Apr 13, 2014 10:48 PM

    The Gronkowski boys would be a perfect fit in Green Bay – a team where everyone is injured by around week three.

  39. mrbiggstuff says: Apr 13, 2014 11:07 PM

    Bad genes

  40. bpacha77511 says: Apr 14, 2014 1:51 AM

    gotta tell ya made of glass or not I’d be a proud gronko just for the chance to make it

  41. crawfish2011 says: Apr 14, 2014 4:12 AM

    These dudes are made out of plastic

  42. bam5239 says: Apr 14, 2014 8:28 AM

    @mackcarrington

    The reasons you don’t just invite these guys to camp include:

    1) They pay to come workout rather than the team paying them to come to camp

    2) These guys are pretty much a known commodity, but it gives scouts the opportunity to see if anything has changed

    3) Only 80 roster spots are open for training camp; scouts may see 20-100 guys at the regional combine without losing a roster spot

    4) The regional combine is also where college players not invited to the combine can come workout.

  43. trollingforjustice says: Apr 14, 2014 8:30 AM

    T hats what happens when you drink Grannys home made tonic!

  44. CKL says: Apr 14, 2014 12:47 PM

    bryantrulen says:
    Apr 13, 2014 9:00 PM
    These regional combines truly are just another revenue driver that came into existence once Roger Goodell Took over. each participant pays a 250 fee just to attend. they are spread out all across the country. Most of these guys dont even get a sniff.
    ___________________________________
    I think I heard that 90 guys who made the super regional combine (which is the collection in Detroit of the best of the regional ones) made NFL rosters last year. I think it’s a great idea. I’m such an NFL junkie, I’d probably watch those too.

    As for the Gronks, was Sergio Brown, Bernard Pollard or TJ Ward anywhere near them???? Ye gods.

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