New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski suffered a knee injury after a tackle from Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward. It was speculated last evening that he had suffered an ACL injury. It’s now official, he is done for the season. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting this morning that Gronkowski has a torn ACL and torn MCL and is done for the season.
This injury is a major blow for the Patriots offense going forward. It would be difficult for the Patriots offense to defeat the Broncos in Denver without Gronkowski. Not impossible, but the injury really limits the New England offense moving forward.
QB Tom Brady addressed the loss of Gronkowski this morning on WEEI. “”It just shifts, you just have to find a different formula. I think that’s the important part. And Gronk provides a certain margin of error because of how talented a player he is, and the other guys play different roles for us.” He continued, “We’re going to have to make due, whatever the combinations are,” he said. “If Gronk’s not out there, we’ve got to try to figure those out.”