Earlier in the day, you probably received the news that Rob Gronkowski was not present for practice. No one believes that he will miss the game Saturday against Kansas City and I'll be surprised if he is getting less than the usual workload. Adam Schefter reported that the Patriots Superstar TE visited the hospital to treat the injured knee. Gronkowski missed the Week 13 game against the Eagles, who the Patriots wound up losing to 35-28, but has played 15 of 16 games in the regular season. As recently as Week 17, he played 55/60 snaps for the team which means he likely re-aggravated it in the game since he was taken off the report after the Patriots win against the Houston Texans.
The treatment included an injection of something that was either to address any swelling or soreness in his right knee. The Patriots are being extra careful with Gronk because he's the most important player on the team after Tom Brady when it comes to making a Super Bowl run. Even if limited a bit, he's still the lynchpin of the offense for his ability to win any 1-on-1 matchup and ability to attack downfield with seam routes and deep crossing routes. The Patriots willingness to move him around allows them to dictate the matchups to the opposing defense, which is exactly what Tom Brady wants. With the ability to dictate matchups, Brady is able to find the mismatch and attack opposing defenses with that matchup, even if it means stringing together short gains and methodically march down the field.
Update: According to Ian Rapoport, no knee injections were performed. Rapoport's report conflicts with both Mike Reiss and Adam Schefter's, so who knows with this stuff. With the Chandler Jones story, we saw what happened with the media reporting before we found out all of the facts in that ordeal.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What I'm told on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Patriots?src=hash">#Patriots</a> TE Rob Gronkowski: He did not receive any knee injections. He's been getting treatment & getting ready to play.</p>— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/687764927998750720">January 14, 2016</a></blockquote>
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