I’m torn about Rob Gronkowski. Part of me is overjoyed that we won’t know the inner workings of his ankle and the intricate twitches of each and every potentially injured muscle by the time we reach kickoff in two weeks. But I also know that it just isn’t Super Bowl week without an injury to scrutinize, obsess over, and ask for updates hourly when we know the only update we’ll receive is no update at all.
But you, kind reader, care little about any of this, especially if you’re a Patriots fan. All you want to know is if your record-breaking tight end who was on the receiving end for 25 percent of Tom Brady’s passing yards will be healthy in two weeks.
Even though his third-quarter injury looked gruesome yesterday when Bernard Pollard rolled over his left ankle, he only missed a handful of plays, although he didn’t have much of an impact and didn’t record any receptions for the remainder of the game.
Still, that could have been the product of adrenaline taking over, and there’s cause for at least mild concern any time a star player is gimping around in a walking boot.
Rest easy, New England. Your porn star befriending TE will be just fine.
Several reports emerged earlier this morning stating that Gronkowski’s ankle injury won’t prevent him from suiting up in Indianapolis. This included Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald, whose source simply said that Gronkowski will “be ready to go.”
Predictably, getting any more than that out of anyone in New England will be difficult, as Rapoport found out following the Patriots’ win over Baltimore.
Gronkowski described his ankle as “fine” in the locker room after the game, but he didn’t go into detail. In fact, the precise injury is not clear. But the source believed — as of this morning — that it is clear Gronk will play.
Gronk will likely receive a few maintenance days over the next two weeks, and be either limited during practices or sit out entirely. When that happens speculation will start again and he’ll step back into his rightful role as this year’s Maurkice Pouncey, with our Earth resuming its normal rotation.