So much for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski being healthy for the playoffs. It took just seven plays in today's divisional round win over the Texans for Gronkowski to re-injure his already once-broken left forearm, and this latest injury will cost him the rest of the season. A source has told ProFootballTalk.com that Gronkowski needs surgery.
The injury came on Gronkowski's only target of the game. He couldn't haul in a pass down the sideline and as he fell to the ground, he put out his left forearm to break his fall. Something broke alright. Gronkowski originally broke the forearm on Nov. 18. He returned for the regular-season finale on Dec. 30, catching two passes for 42 yards and a touchdown.
The Patriots' offense didn't really miss Gronk against the overmatched Texans, but it's a big loss for their Super Bowl aspirations. A recovery timetable hasn't been made public, but he's got about four months until OTAs, and I figure his arm will have healed by then. This shouldn't affect his 2013 value. But between Gronk's forearm and Aaron Hernandez 's sprained ankle, 2012 sure was a season full of holes for the Patriots' two biggest mismatches.