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Rob Gronkowski shares disturbing account of rib injury

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski’s 2021 season has largely been derailed by his Week 3 rib injury. Now he is sharing a disturbing account of what happened.

Speaking with the media this week for the first time since he got hurt, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end discussed the pain that he dealt with from the injury.

“I never got shot before, but that’s kind of like what it felt like,” said Gronkowski, per Mike Florio of PFT.

“I’m gonna definitely has to file this one, too, under workers’ comp,” added the four-time Super Bowl champion jokingly. “I think the NFL after I’m done is scared. Workers’ comp. I’m comin’ for you guys.”

Gronkowski was hurt on a big hit from Los Angeles Rams linebacker Terrell Lewis in the second half of a 34-24 loss on Sept. 26 (video here). His injuries turned out to be quite extensive, and he missed four games before returning in Week 8. But Gronkowski lasted just six snaps before going out with back spasms and has since missed an additional game. He is currently listed as questionable for Tampa Bay’s Week 11 game against the New York Giants.

The lesson here is that rib injuries are no definitely no joke, as both Gronkowski and this other NFL star can attest to.

Photo: Nov 15, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) on the sidelines in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Gronkowski has punctured lung in addition to broken ribs

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski has been ruled out for Sunday night’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots, and it turns out his injuries are actually worse than have been reported.

Gronkowski told Jay Glazer of FOX Sports on Sunday that he has a punctured lung in addition to multiple broken ribs.

Gronk was on the receiving end of a huge hit (video here) in last week’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams. He actually returned to the game for a brief period, so there was initially optimism that he could play against his former team.

Obviously, Gronkowski would have been willing to play through pain in the most highly anticipated regular season game of all time. Now that we know he has a punctured lung, it makes sense that he didn’t make the trip to Foxboro.

Rob Gronkowski could be out multiple weeks due to latest injury

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski’s rib injury is more significant than initially believed, and it could be a few weeks before he plays again.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Gronkowski suffered multiple rib fractures during last Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams. That could keep the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end out for “multiple weeks.”

Gronkowski was on the receiving end of a huge hit (video here), but the initial prognosis seemed to be quite good. It means Gronkowski will miss a long-awaited return to New England, at minimum.

The veteran tight end has been in outstanding form in 2021, with four touchdown receptions in the first three games of the season.

Rob Gronkowski ruled out for Patriots game

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski won’t be part of the much-anticipated reunion in Foxboro on Sunday night, as he won’t even be making the trip due to injury.

ESPN’s Jordan Schultz was first to report that Gronkowski will miss Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots due to a rib injury. ESPN’s Adam Schefter later reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end isn’t even making the trip.

This unfortunately does not come as a huge shock. Gronkowski’s status on Friday’s injury report was quite telling. The fact that he won’t play indicates that the injury is a fairly painful and impactful one.

Gronkowski suffered the rib injury last week against the Los Angeles Rams (video here). He didn’t practice all week, offering a further hint of his status. It means Tom Brady will get all the focus as he plays against the Patriots for the first time, which was probably going to happen anyway.

Rob Gronkowski in danger of missing game against Patriots?

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski suffered a rib injury in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ loss to the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday, and he may not be able to play through it in the most highly anticipated regular season game in NFL history.

Gronkowski was listed as “doubtful” in the official injury report that the Bucs released on Friday. That doesn’t mean he is guaranteed to be sidelined against the New England Patriots, but players rarely play in the NFL when they’re doubtful.

Gronk suffered a rib injury after taking a bit hit last week (video here). He got some positive news on Monday when X-rays came back negative, but he has not practiced this week.

If Gronkowski doesn’t play, that would be an indication that he is in serious pain. It goes without saying that he wants to suit up against his former team. One NFL reporter predicted that there is no chance Gronk will miss the game, but the star tight end may have no choice.

Rob Gronkowski expected to play against Patriots

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski is banged up heading into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ game against the New England Patriots, but that does not mean the star tight end is going to miss an opportunity to face his former team and coach.

Gronk suffered a rib injury after taking a bit hit during his the Bucs’ 34-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams last weekend (video here). He got some positive news on Monday when X-rays came back negative, but he has not practiced this week.

Despite that, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said Friday that there is “no way” Gronkowski will miss Sunday’s game.

Gronkowski and Tom Brady have obviously had Week 4 circled on their calendars for a long time. They have to be salivating over their return to New England. Brady also doesn’t seem like himself heading into the big game, but both he and Gronk will be on the field barring something unforeseen.

Rob Gronkowski gets good injury news regarding ribs

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski received some positive news on Monday regarding his injury status.

Gronk suffered a rib injury after taking a bit hit during his Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 34-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday (video here).

The injury occurred early in the third quarter. Though Gronk left the game to receive medical attention, he returned to action later in the quarter. He also received good news about the X-rays.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday that X-rays on Gronk’s ribs were negative. The tight end reportedly is likely to play for Tampa Bay in his return game to New England.

You know that Tom Brady and Gronk are licking their chops at a return to New England. This will be the biggest regular season game in memory, and Gronk will want to do everything possible to play in it.

Gronk finished with 4 catches for 55 yards and was targeted a few times following his return from the injury. Being able to return to the game was already a good sign about Gronk’s status ahead of the game against the Patriots.

Rob Gronkowski suffers injury on huge hit from Terrell Lewis

Rob Gronkowski Terrell Lewis hit

Rob Gronkowski was on the receiving end of a massive hit in Sunday’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams, and it left the star tight end shaken up.

Gronkowski caught a pass from Tom Brady over the middle of the field early in the second half, and he was immediately met by Terrell Lewis. The Rams linebacker delivered a clean hit to Gronkowski’s midsection. Gronk grabbed his rib area and appeared to be in significant pain.

Gronkowski walked off the field under his own power. He was examined in the medical tent before heading to the locker room with trainers.

The Bucs were trailing 21-7 at the time Gronkowski left, but they scored on the drive to cut the deficit to 21-14. They were already without Antonio Brown for the game after he landed on the COVID-19 list.

Hopefully the injury is not significant. Gronk is off to a hot start this season, and this stat shows just how well he is playing.

Jimmy Graham had great way of using Rob Gronkowski for motivation

Rob Gronkowski

Jimmy Graham was once considered the premier playmaking tight end in the NFL, but then Rob Gronkowski came along. And if you think Graham was unaware when he was on the verge of being de-throned, think again.

When Gronkowski first became a star in the NFL, Graham says he hung the then-New England Patriots tight end’s jersey on the wall in his bedroom. He said it was the only item hanging on the wall at his house. It served as a reminder of how hard Graham needed to work.

“I’ve never told anybody this,” Graham told ESPN’s Mike Triplett. “My first four years in the league, I actually had Gronk’s jersey hanging in my bedroom. I didn’t have a TV hanging in my room, I had Gronk’s jersey hanging in my room. Literally it was the only item I had hanging in my house. So every morning I had to wake up and I knew that I needed to get to work.”

Graham set the single season record for receiving yards by a tight end in 2011 when he hit 1,310 with the New Orleans Saints in Week 17. The record stood for mere minutes, as Gronkowski promptly broke it by getting to 1,327 in the Patriots’ blowout win over the Buffalo Bills the same week.

“I would say anybody and everybody needs some kind of a rivalry at some point, at least mentally to push yourself even more. And you know Gronk has always been that for me,” Graham said.

Graham was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in a shocking move back in 2015. He says he finds it “sad” that he didn’t remain in the Saints’ system, as he’ll never really know what he could have accomplished.

Since the trade, Graham has become more of a journeyman. He’s with the Chicago Bears now but is not a significant part of the offensive attack. Gronk, on the other hand, has revived his career and is off to a dominant start with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Given the way his and Graham’s career paths have gone, that has to sting for the latter.

Rob Gronkowski has great reason for not studying film

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski doesn’t need to waste time reading the book, because he has the best Cliffs Notes possible.

Gronk joined Peyton and Eli Manning’s telecast of “Monday Night Football” between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. He was asked by Eli whether he watches film. Gronk says teammate Cameron Brate asked him if he watched film, and Gronk gave a great response.

“No, I don’t,” Gronk told Brate. “I just run by guys. If I’m feeling good, I’m feeling good. I don’t watch film. But I watch film when the team is showing it.”

So, why doesn’t Gronk watch film? Because he has Tom Brady, who watches for him. And that’s all he needs.

“Every once in a while I watch teams, like right now. And I actually do go up to Tom, because I know Tom watches I dunno, 40 hours of film a week. I go, ‘Tom, who’s covering me this week? What type of coverages are they doing?’ I go, ‘That’s why I love playing for you, Tom. You just know everything!'”

Now that is efficiency to the max. Gronk knows how to ace the test by borrowing notes from the smartest kid in class. And it works!

Now you also know why Brady is the only quarterback Gronk will play for. He’s also probably exaggerating for comedic effect, because he’s a Hall of Fame tight end and definitely smarter on the field than he lets on.