Report: Rob Gronkowski's injury not serious, status unclear vs. 49ers
Conflicting reports have emerged regarding the status of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was originally reported to have a punctured lung and may miss just one game, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter later reported that Gronkowski did not have a punctured lung, but rather a chest injury, and that it was not considered serious.
Gronkowski played 57 snaps during the Patriots’ 31–24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night.
He was targeted on the final play of the game, when he became tangled up with Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor in the end zone. A pass from Tom Brady was just out of the reach of Gronkowski, who was upset with referees that no pass interference was called.
Martellus Bennett is the team’s backup tight end, and he caught seven passes for 102 yards in Sunday night’s game.
The Patriots (7–2) play the San Francisco 49ers (1–8) next Sunday.
– Kenny Ducey