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TE Rob Gronkowski - New England Patriots

6-6, 264Born: 5-14-1989College: ArizonaDrafted: Round 2

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Rob Gronkowski had surgery on his back, and was placed on season-ending injured reserve.

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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Dec 5): Gronkowski was sent to IR on Saturday, December 3 (back injury) - he is done for the season.

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Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
10 vs SEA 57 3 56 0 0 5.6
12 at NYJ 7 0 0 0 0 0

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 12 vs NYJ (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Gronk's day consisted of two deep shots, then he was quickly removed for the rest of the game with a back injury. This is clearly something that bares monitoring, as it has a ripple effect on the entire offense. Gronk was seen on the sidelines at portions of the game, hopefully indicating the injury isn't severe.

2016 Week 10 vs SEA (6 / 3 / 56 / 0 rec)

It was a fairly quiet day for Gronk, who took a couple big hits from defenders in the process. Gronk actually finished with his lowest target count since Tom Brady's return, thanks in part to steady coverage and a Seahawks defense that didn't let routes develop for much of the game. On a 4th and goal play, a defender definitely made contact with Gronk and the refs didn't call it, and that was probably the highlight of the big tight end's night, as the game ended thereafter.

2016 Week 8 vs BUF (7 / 5 / 109 / 1 rec)

Once again, Gronk led the way for receiving on the day, beasting his way to 109 yards. He had a 33 yard catch that had a signature Gronk moment, dragging defenders draped all over him for several yards. He also had a long 53 yard touchdown, outrunning a cornerback in a display of true athleticism. As usual, Gronk blocked well, and also set the record for all-time Patriots receiving touchdowns in his 7th season. Not too shabby.

2016 Week 7 vs PIT (4 / 4 / 93 / 1 rec)

Continuing the "he's back" theme, Gronk's highlight play was a long seam touchdown that had him beat his covering cornerback and a safety over the top. Gronk simply outran the CB, no small task, and showing his versatility, the play came from the left slot. Gronk also had a couple more chunk gains, but his reception total was lower due to the run-heavy gameplan from the Patriots.

2016 Week 6 vs CIN (9 / 7 / 162 / 1 rec)

Gronk is back, and he destroyed the Bengals for a career high in yardage to make his statement. Running free all day and whipping Bengals defenders left and right, Gronk caught chunk gain after chunk gain, and got his Gronk spike in to cap it all off. The touchdown was a short curl route with perfect ball placement by Tom Brady, allowing Gronk to go low to catch it with his hands. Gronk was also involved in a couple scuffles, as he chewed out Vontaze Burfict after Burfict's extremely dirty low cheap shot on Martellus Bennett. Regardless, Gronk looks good to go going forward, and will be a choice target for Tom Brady as usual.

2016 Week 5 vs CLE (7 / 5 / 109 / 0 rec)

After murmurs and whispers that Gronk's injury was worse than he was letting on, the big tight end came out and showed that he's just fine. Gronk caught multiple chunk gains, and though he didn't score, he rumbled his way to over 100 yards. As usual, he was tough to bring down, though he didn't blow by anyone or drag multiple defenders on a play like we're accustomed to seeing. Gronk will be back as the top tight end starting next week.

2016 Week 4 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Gronk played more snaps on the day than weeks prior, but only hauled in one catch. He was in on many blocking plays, a sign he may be getting his legs under him. He should be good to go with Tom Brady returning barring a setback.

2016 Week 3 vs HOU (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Gronk was on a clear snap count, only playing a handful of snaps. He blocked on all but one of them, and his lone target was a high overthrow in the end one. With 10 days til his next game, he should be more involved against the Bills.

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Latest News

Patriots | Rob Gronkowski place on IR (Sat Dec 3, 04:28 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) was placed on the Reserve/Injured Reserve list Saturday, Dec. 3, according to source. The team also re-signed free-agent RB D.J. Foster. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Our View: Gronkowski's season is officially over with this move. He's now undergone three back surgeries, but the veteran tight end is expected to make a full recovery. The team should ease him into OTAs in 2017.
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Patriots | Friday injury report for Patriots (Fri Dec 2, 06:04 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) and SS Jordan Richards (knee) have been ruled out for Week 13. FSS Nate Ebner (concussion), DE Trey Flowers (shin), DT Woodrow Hamilton (illness), WR Matthew Slater (foot) and LB Elandon Roberts (jaw) are listed as questionable. Gronkowski, Richards, Hamilton and Slater did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 2. Ebner, Flowers and Roberts were limited during practice.

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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski likely out for year (Thu Dec 1, 09:52 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) is not expected to play again this season, according to a team statement.

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Patriots | Rob Gronkowski needs surgery (Thu Dec 1, 01:45 PM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) suffered a herniated disc during the team's Week 13 game and will need to undergo surgery Friday, Dec. 2, according to a source. There is no timetable for his return.

Our View: It looks like he could be done for the year, and he's certainly done for the fantasy season. Expectations are he will be gone for 8 weeks, which even makes playoff play uncertain. Expect a step up in production from Martellus Bennett, Julian Edelman and Dion Lewis. This is the third back surgery for Gronkowski in his career.
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Patriots | Gronk cleared to attend event (Thu Dec 1, 12:58 AM) - New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) was unable to attend an event Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Boston Children's Hospital due to the recommendation of the team's medical staff, as he continues to recover from a back injury. He has been cleared to attend a separate event later in the week, however.

Our View: There's no word on Gronkowski's status this week as the Patriots are at home against the Rams. Make other plans at the tight end position just in case he misses the game.
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Schedule

14vs Baltimore Ravens
15@ Denver Broncos
16vs New York Jets
17@ Miami Dolphins