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Injury update: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's groin injury “not believed to be serious”

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New England's star tight end may have dodged a bullet.

New England Patriots vs New Orleans Saints Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

The New England Patriots played a really good game yesterday against the New Orleans Saints. However, one of the few negatives was the number of injuries as a total of five players were all visibly shaken up at one point during the game. Among those players was Rob Gronkowski. The NFL's best tight end took himself out of the game in the third quarter after suffering what was later announced to be a groin injury.

Given Gronkowski's past, he ended last season on injured reserve and has not played a full 16 games since 2011, plus the rest of New England's offensive injuries, this could have been a potentially been a season-altering situation. However, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Patriots and their all-world tight end appeared to have dodged a bullet:

From @gmfb: At this point, the groin injury to #Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is not believed to be serious. Will test it today to be sure.

As Rapoport noted, further tests will still have to be made but the initial prognosis seems to reflect yesterday's thoughts: That Gronkowski's injury is indeed not expected to be a long-term issue. Given the current state of the Patriots' skill position injury this certainly is great news – if confirmed by the tests to be held later today.