New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski went down in the third quarter of the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday. According to various reports, Gronkowski is listed as probable for the Super Bowl against the New York Giants, but has been wearing a walking boot to support his ankle.
In 2011, Gronkowski set the single-season records for most receiving touchdowns (17) and receiving yards (1327) by a tight end. He is Tom Brady's most reliable red-zone target and New England's best run-blocker.
Although Patriots have WR Wes Welker and TE Aaron Hernandez, both formidable options, Gronkowski is a match-up nightmare--too big for safeties and too fast for linebackers--and a key ingredient to the Patriots' offensive versatility. New England will very likely need all of their weapons to combat New York on February 5.
Below you will find a collection of the latest reports on different Patriot injuries, including Gronk's:
* CBS Sports Boston: "A source tells WBZ-TV's Dan Roche that Gronkowski will be 'fine' for Super Bowl XLVI in two weeks. He was seen wearing a walking boot, but that is just a precautionary move. Gronkowski left after being taken down by safety Bernard Pollard at the end of a 23-yard gain with 24 seconds left in the third quarter. The Pats tight end limped off the field and walked to the locker room, where the ankle was re-taped. Gronkowski returned for the end of the Patriots' touchdown drive in the fourth quarter and finished the day with five catches for a team-high 87 yards."
* Mark Miller of Yahoo! Sports: "'It's all good,' Gronkowski said [about his injury], according to the paper, even though a walking boot generally indicates all is not good. 'Just watch the replay and whatever you see you see, but it's all good and I'll be ready to go.'"
* ESPN: "Kyle Arrington Status: Questionable."
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