The Patriots road to the Super Bowl just hit a major speed bump.
Star tight end / cult figure Rob Gronkowski, aka "Gronk," suffered a fractured arm late in the Patriots' 59-24 blowout of the Colts on Sunday, and according to an ESPN report, the break was serious enough to require surgery. That surgery happened on Monday and it is widely expected that Gronkowski will now be out of action for as long as six weeks.
The injury is especially problematic for the Pats because they are also still without Aaron Hernandez, who has been injured since Week 2. It is expected that Hernandez may be able to return soon, but there has been no official word from the team just yet.
So far this season, Gronkowski has caught 53 passes for 748 yards and 10 touchdowns, cementing his status as one of the most dangerous tight ends in the game. Against the Colts, he was especially effective, catching seven balls for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Last year, Gronkowski enjoyed a breakout season, catching 90 passes for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns, the most ever caught in a single season by a tight end. - Tim Hyland
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