Report: Rob Gronkowski’s lung not punctured, many can now exhale

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has played through some injuries in the past, but the latest one may not be as bad as it sounded initially.

Despite earlier reports that Gronkowski suffered a punctured lung last week against the Seahawks, Adam Schefter of ESPN says that the lung is not, in fact punctured and the injury is “not overly serious.”

(That also sounds like one of the things you say only when it’s not your lung.)

Gronkowski canceled a scheduled EA Sports media event today in New York, and it’s unclear what it means for this week’s game against the 49ers or beyond.

He sat out five plays after taking a thunderous shot from Seahawks safety Earl Thomas Sunday night, a hit he called “probably one of the hardest” he’s ever taken. But he finished the game, and talked to reporters afterward.

“Just down for about a minute or two. It’s a little tough to breathe, but once it comes back, you’re good,” he said. “He hit me fair and square. It’s football. You’re going to get laid out eventually.”

And with his lungs intact, he’s not the only one in New England breathing a sigh of relief.