Gronk’s injury will deplete the Patriots’ offensive unit immensely.
An MRI confirmed that New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski tore his ACL against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
There was little doubt Rob Gronkowski’s season was over; MRI confirmed the worst with an ACL tear
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 9, 2013
HC Bill Belichick has done a fantastic job of using Gronk’s size and athletic ability to attack centers of opposing defenses. At 6’6″, he is a matchup nightmare and consistently QB Tom Brady’s top target.
Gronk had numerous surgeries on multiple injuries this offseason. He worked hard to get back to full health, and in one play, the two-time Pro Bowler moved back to square one.
However, on Sunday, RB Shane Vereen emerged as a viable receiving option. Against Cleveland, he totaled 12 receptions and 153 yards, respectively. He and WR Danny Amendola will have increased workloads with Gronk on the sidelines.
In seven games this season, Gronk recorded 39 receptions, 592 yards, four touchdowns, and a very impressive 15.2 yards/reception mark.