New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to have more surgery after breaking his forearm again in the team’s victory Sunday over the Houston Texans and multiple sources indicate he’s done for the rest of the postseason.
Gronkowski originally broke his left forearm as he was blocking for an extra point in New England’s blowout of Indianapolis on Nov. 18. He had surgery and returned for the regular-season finale. Coach Bill Belichick took a fair amount of criticism for having his star tight end in the game so late and, uncharacteristically, elaborated on his reasons for doing so at that time. On Monday, he had little to say about using Gronkowski, who had been medically cleared to play. “I already covered that [Sunday],” he said. “I have nothing to add to it.”
On Sunday, Belichick said that Gronkowski had been cleared and “wouldn’t have played if he wasn’t.”
Gronkowski was injured as he broke his fall with his arm after a reception. He leads the Patriots with 11 touchdown receptions, but the team adjusted to playing without him this fall and he was limited in the Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants last February.
“I think we put much more time in this year than we — for example, like last year, when we played the Super Bowl, it was our first game without him in two years,” Brady said in his weekly appearance on the “Dennis and Callahan Show” on WEEI radio. “Not that that’s any excuse because there are no excuses, but there’s an uncertainty of how guys are going to play and step in. Well, we know now, we know the types of packages we’ll use and what we’ll do and the different ways we’ll try to find some weakness in the defense based on our groups and so forth.”
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