Say it ain’t so! It looks like the New England Patriots’ star tight end Rob Gronkowski may be out for the season after it was revealed on Dec. 1 that he will have to undergo a serious back surgery for a herniated disc. We have all the devastating details, right here.
Sorry Patriots fans, but this is basically the worst news ever. We’ve already had to make due without our killer tight end Rob Gronkowski, 27, for three games this season, and now it looks like the final 5 will be Gronk-less as well. That’s because the NFL announced on Dec. 1 that Rob will be undergoing back surgery for a herniated disc he got after a particularly brutal hit from Earl Thomas during the Pats-Seahawks game two weeks prior.
Though there is no specific timeline for Rob’s healing process, some outlets are reporting that it will take over two months to heal, which makes it unlikely that we’ll see Rob in any game for the rest of the regular or post season. He may take even longer to be sure his back is in good shape, because he has undergone two back surgeries in the past: one in 2009 and one in 2013.
Despite having a really tough run with players being suspended (cough cough Tom Brady), traded (Jamie Collins) and injured, the Patriots have managed to maintain the best record in the American Football Conference. That means they have a pretty good shot at making it to the Super Bowl on Feb. 5, 2017. Luckily, if they do make the cut, Gronk might be able to play by then! We’ll keep our fingers crossed, until then, the Pats will need to hustle to stay at the top of their game without him.
We can’t help but wonder if Gronk is now suffering from the Madden Curse: something that superstitious NFL plans believe plagues any player that appears on the cover of the Madden football video game. Rob was on the cover of the 2016 version, and he has suffered from the back injury, plus a hamstring and lung injury this season. You may think it’s just a silly superstition, but 17 out of 19 players to grace the cover of the game have suffered terrible injuries soon after! Unfortunately, Gronk has always been injury-prone. He was out one game in 2015 for a knee injury, and missed out on a whopping 9 games in 2013 from injuries to his back, forearm, ACL/MCL, and concussions. Perhaps it isn’t the Madden Curse after all.
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