New England TE Rob Gronkowski is going to have back surgery tomorrow to repair a ruptured disk. The procedure will sideline him for eight weeks which would obviously include this Sunday’s Week 13 contest between the Pats and the Los Angeles Rams.
This is the third time he’s had to have this surgery suffering ruptured disks in 2009 and 2013.
Over at Pats Pulpit, SB Nation’s community for Pats fans, they’re understandably upset:
If the timeframe given by Carucci turns out to be correct, Gronkowski could potentially return to the field for the Super Bowl. With the Patriots having already used its lone injured reserve returnee spot for rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett, though, Gronkowski would have to remain on the active roster until then. This means that if the team opts to put him on injured reserve, his season is over.
No matter what ultimately happens, this is a blow for Gronkowski and the Patriots. From an on-field perspective, the team will lose its most talented offensive skill position player. While New England is better equipped to handle the loss than it has been in the past thanks to the offseason acquisition of Martellus Bennett, it is impossible to replace a player of Gronkowski’s talent one-by-one.
Here’s hoping for a full and speedy recovery for Gronk.