Not the best news for New England Patriots fans this weekend as tight end Rob Gronkowski broke his arm in Sunday’s divisional NFL playoff game against the Houston Texans and will miss the remainder of the postseason. This is something to consider for those looking for NFL handicapping news.
The 23 year-old player, who had a team-leading 11 touchdown catches this season, will require a second surgery on his arm.
It’s very possible that Gronkowski suffered the injury while trying to make a catch in the first quarter. The New York native returned to New England’s sideline early in the second half but eventually left with members of the team’s medical staff and did not return to the Patriot’s 41-28 win.
It was the same arm that the 2x Pro-Bowler broke on Nov. 18 when playing versus the Indianapolis Colts.
Gronkowski missed five football games because of the original injury but played in New England’s regular-season finale against the Miami Dolphins. Even when the TE had his forearm heavily wrapped, New England’s coach Bill Belichick said he did not regret allowing him to play.
New England also lost running back Danny Woodhead for the game when he hurt his thumb carrying the ball on their first offensive play. The Pats provided no update on his condition.
Moreover, rookie defensive end Chandler Jones hurt his ankle later in the game.
Yesterday, backup tight end Michael Hoomanawanui got more action once Gronkowski was out.