The injury bug has repeatedly bitten the New England Patriots, but the team finally has a bit of good news on that front.
According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Rob Gronkowski shouldn’t miss more than one game, though the All-Pro tight end might not be sidelined at all.
Sounds like #Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) is unlikely to miss more than one game, I'm told. In fact, he may not even miss that.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 30, 2015
Either way, that’s excellent news for the Patriots, especially considering how serious the injury initially appeared.
A hit to the knee sent Gronkowski off the field on a cart during New England’s Sunday Night Football matchup with the Denver Broncos, and worst-case scenarios were easy to envision.
After all, the Patriots are already without Julian Edelman for the remainder of the regular season, Danny Amendola missed Sunday’s outing and had used 25 different combinations on the offensive line heading into Sunday.
New England lost its first game of the season, falling 30-24 to the Broncos in overtime. But the Patriots are still 10-1, in control of the AFC East and remain the favorite to clinch home-field advantage.
Gronkowski’s injury would pose a serious problem if any of those worst-case scenarios were actually true. Fortunately for New England, though, Tom Brady and his ragtag group of receivers may only need to survive an outing against the wing-less Philadelphia Eagles before Gronk is back on the field.