Gronkowski out for 4-6 weeks with broken forearm

Published On November 19, 2012 | By Jill Saftel

The Patriots might have come out of Sunday with a 59-24 trampling of the Indianapolis Colts, but they lost something in the win: tight end Rob Gronkowski. According to several reports, team sources said Gronkowski broke his forearm on the Patriots’ final extra point with 3:55 left in the game and will have surgery Monday to repair the break.

“Rob is obviously a special player, so when he goes down, it will obviously hurt,” fellow tight end Michael Hoomanawanui said after the game before the extent of the injury was known. “But we have a lot of depth and a lot of guys anxious to fill in and help this team win. Hopefully we can get Aaron (Hernandez) back (from an ankle injury). We’ll just say a prayer and keep moving on.”

Gronkowski has kept up with expectations following his record-setting season in 2011 with impressive play this season. He has 53 catches for 748 yards and 10 touchdowns through 10 games. He had seven receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s win against the Colts.

Hernandez has been out with an ankle injury since Week 2, and Gronkowski has stepped up in his absence. It looks like Hernandez is poised to return soon, but in the meantime the Patriots will need to rely on depth in their roster with Visanthe Shiancoe and Daniel Fells.


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Jill studies journalism at Northeastern University, covers Hockey East for College Hockey News and is the sports editor for The Huntington News. You can follow her on Twitter at @jillsaftel, just don't ask her to choose between hockey and baseball, it's impossible.