Report: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski To Undergo Back Surgery

The New England Patriots are still currently the favorites to win the Super Bowl this year but with that said, it now looks like they’ll being without the services of tight end Rob Gronkowski for at least the next two months.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the recent back injury that Gronkowski suffered is worse than first thought and as result of that he’s getting surgery on Friday.

So, what does an injured Gronkowski mean to the Pittsburgh Steelers? Not a lot, directly, unless the two teams were to ultimately meet in the playoffs. Indirectly, however, it means the Patriots won’t have Gronkowski for their Week 14 game against the Baltimore Ravens, who currently lead the AFC North. That could be a huge blow to the Patriots when it comes to that game and especially being as the Ravens defense has played extremely well so far this season.

Including the playoffs, Gronkowski has missed 21 games due to injury so far during his career and the Patriots are 15-6 in those games, including 3-0 this season. While the Patriots do have another highly productive tight end in Martellus Bennett, he’s been hobbled at times this season with ankle and shoulder injuries.

The Patriots enter Week 13 with a 9-2 record and while they’ve yet to clinch a playoff spot, it’s only a matter of time until that happens.

It will be interesting to see if the Patriots are overcome Gronkowski’s injury and especially when it comes to the playoffs.

  • ilamarca

    Unfortunately, this may be very bad news in the short term for the Steelers since we are all counting on the Pats to beat the Ravens.

    With this, all games are must wins until further notice.

  • PapaJuju

    They weren’t before? I pretty much had already determined they needed to win 4 out of the last 5 to make the playoffs. Their one loss can’t be against the Ravens.

  • ilamarca

    Before if the Steelers beat the Ravens they could afford to lose another game, because most of us were counting on a Pats loss (giving the Ravens a record of 9-7 at best). Now, we can’t be so quick to award the Ravens that Pats L and so if the Steelers lose to a team other than the Ravens, and the Ravens win out other than the Steelers, they both finish 10-6 and go to a tiebreaker.

    Each would have won the head-to-head and the Ravens currently sit at 4-0 in the AFCN.

    Make sense?

  • PapaJuju

    Yes, What I said was that I already thought the Steelers needed to go 4 for 5. Now they definitely need to win out.

  • PaeperCup

    Super injury prone. Patriots should cut him…trade him to the Steelers for a 7th rounder.

  • PaeperCup

    Yeah…but the Patriots are still the team to beat even with out Gronk. Mitchell is looking really good, and let’s not forget, their backup TE is Martelus Bennett,

  • rdjmsr53

    why waste a draft pick Tomlin wouldn’t play him any way

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  • NinjaMountie

    Pats will beat the Ravens anyway. BB is the best coach in the league. Then again…he may not want to face the Steelers in the playoffs….You know, on account of how well we do against them.

  • Richard

    If they win out hey would win the division because they would have a better record than the ravens

  • RickM

    I’m not sure what NFL Research is thinking with their tweet “he’s expected to miss several weeks’. Usually it’s about 12 weeks minimum. Then again the Patriots haven’t put him on IR. This is his third discectomy, poor guy. If he is out, in my view the Patriots are no longer SB favorites.

  • dany

    I doubt it happens, but wouldn’t it be something if the dolphins managed to wrestle the division from the pats now?

  • PapaJuju

    Yes, true. What I meant was that a 10-6 record has a decent shot of getting you a wildcard, but 11-5 guarantees you a spot.

  • RangerBrigade

    All part of the little nuggets on why I still think the Ravens will win the Division. They have a great defense which is going to win them enough games, maybe they even eke out this game against the Pats who they usually play tough. The Steelers have a great O but it is still a big too inconsistent and I have no faith in the Steelers D.

  • PaeperCup

    lol. yes we are Kryptonite to the Patriots Superman. Well more like a regular rock to the Patriots Superman….we might get them to flinch.

  • Michael James

    Honestly, that would really open up the AFC race. Dr.Chao said that 6-8 weeks is the absolute minimum for that kind of injury and he would probably not even be 100% then. That means NE would have to reach the SB without Gronk. They are still a very good team, but Gronk is a beast, one of the very rare non-QB game-changers. They can’t replace him.

  • srdan

    I really don’t wish injury on anyone.

    but something about this Stillers team feels special this year.

  • NinjaMountie

    Ha! I think we’re more like Lois Lane to their Superman. They just bend us over and have their way with us whenever they want.

  • NinjaMountie

    He needs to quit playing. I mean I probably wouldn’t but I think he should. lol

    In all seriousness, he should consider retirement.

  • RickM

    I wish people would read the Big Lead’s story on this doctor’s background before treating him as some sort of medical guru. His alleged previous troubles make me flinch every time I see his name as an expert. My issue, not yours. Cheers.

  • Michael James

    I don’t care about his alleged troubles, nearly every injury and recovery time he predicted over the past two years have been correct and he analyzed many injuries right after they happened (only some very rare misses).

  • RickM

    Yes, like saying Ben could be back in a week possibly and he comes back 3 weeks later and is clearly still feeling the effects of it. Three weeks was at the end of his range admittedly. He makes judgements without even knowing the scope of the surgery. He’s all yours.

  • Michael James

    Well you know that Ben actually said he would have played against the Patriots if it was a playoff game…
    I’m not a fan of this doctor or anything. You just can’t deny he’s accurate most of the time.

  • RickM

    Yes and last year in November when Bell was hurt he doubted he was out for the season. How’d that one work out? I don’t follow the guy regularly. Never will based on his very checkered background.

  • Michael James

    Of course he’s incorrect sometimes. Still, his record is pretty impressive.
    I don’t want to convince you to follow him or start a battle of words with you anyway, just wanted to point out he is usually a good indicator for the length of an injury. Have a nice evening.

  • RickM

    I never thought about retirement, but I sure did wonder what his back will be like after his playing days. I guess the damage may already have deen done. It’s a tough call on his part if he loves the game.


    I think this is good for the Steelers…they have control of their destiny…just keep winning, hoping another team beats BAL to give them a cushion might be the worst thing that could happen to them…they don’t seem to handle prosperity very well, but seem to play well with their backs up against it.

  • RickM

    You as well. I get what you’re saying; he fills a void with immediate medical estimates, which for a football fan is beneficial.

  • LucasY59

    Ravens play the Dophins this weekend (which unless the Ravens can be the team to shut down Ajayi, is probably a loss for the the ratbirds)

    the Pats game is in NE so the should lose there as well (even without Gronk, they still have Bennett)

    the Eagles D should be good enough to beat Flake-o,

    and then the Steelers in Heinz with the playoffs on the line should be a Steelers win,

    followed be a final game in Cinci where both teams will probably have nothing to play for but pride, confict will probably be at his worst *if he isnt suspended because of what he does the week before

    I think the ratbirds lose 3 more games (and as long as one of them is to the Steelers that pretty much guarantees the Steelers are North Champs)

  • ilamarca

    Winning 7 straight after losing 4 in a row is a lot to ask

  • pittfan

    I never knew Lois was like that…lol.

  • Jaybird

    Yeah it’s amazing what a couple of wins in a row does for one’s optimism!!!

  • Jaybird

    I think the patriots are VERY beatable. Belichick gave away two probowl defenders and now they lose a third pro bowler on offense. I don’t care how good Brady and Belichik are, at some point these loses start to take their toll .
    On the flip side we got Dupree and Green back. We’re getting stronger ,
    Patriots weaker. I would love to face them in the playoffs.

  • Steelers12

    i said before season i think Gronk’s best days are behind him, that big body has taken a toll with injuries

  • Disqussant

    A piece of good news out of Foxbora.

  • firefromheaven

    This is not the same team that lost 4 in a row though.

  • firefromheaven

    I’m sorry if I can’t have any sympathy. The things that make him great also make him injury prone. He’s too fast and too strong for his size. His ligaments and tendons can’t hold up to the strain.

    But then I don’t feel too sorry for him with his attitude and the fact that he plays for the evil empire. I won’t be wishing him a speed recovery.

  • Gautama Om

    They still have Martellus Bennett who’s played relatively well. Of course he’s no Gronkowski.

  • Gautama Om

    Totally agree. He’s made enough money to live comfortably the rest of his life. Why continue playing and risk injury and long term quality of life. Money is not worth much when your body is too broke to enjoy it.

  • Don’t poke the badger

    NOT of fan of the Pats but really like Gronk in how he plays and lives his life. Good luck caveman, but hope you don’t hurt my Steelers!

  • Aj Gentile

    Steelers. are more like red kryptonite to them. Brady just lets loose on our defense