Rob Gronkowski Won’t Play Sunday Vs. 49ers

The Patriots will be without one of the primary offensive weapons on Sunday, as tight end Rob Gronkowski wasn’t on the plane that took the Pats from New England to the Bay Area, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link). Mike Reiss of ESPN.com (Twitter link) had reported earlier in the day that Gronkowski didn’t participate in Friday’s practice and was unlikely to suit up against the 49ers.Rob Gronkowski (vertical)

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Reports have differed as to what exactly will keep Gronkowski out of Sunday’s matchup — while initial reports indicated that Gronkowski suffered a punctured lung, subsequent information has revealed that the All Pro tight end may only be dealing with a chest injury. Either way, the ailment is serious enough to prevent Gronkowski from making the cross country trip, but New England will still be a heavy favorite against a San Francisco team that has only managed a single victory.

With Gronkowski out, the Patriots could instead feature their run game on Sunday, especially given that they’re facing a Niners club that ranks 31st in run defense DVOA. Veteran tight end Martellus Bennett will be the direct replacement for Gronkowski, and figures to see a few more targets than he normally would. On the season, Bennett has hauled 38 passes for 504 yards and four touchdowns.

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9 comments on “Rob Gronkowski Won’t Play Sunday Vs. 49ers

  1. Louisiana Farmhand

    Dis guy be hurtin for everyday. Better get tough to help team y’all.

    • JT19

      Even though it’s probably not, he could be dealing with a punctured lung, that’s not something you “tough out”. Even if it’s just something with his chest, like chest pain (which could mean his heart), that’s another thing you don’t “tough out”.

      • Louisiana Farmhand

        Burger King ain’t got no thing. Ain’t no hurt lungs ya heard? Y’all chest means chest, heart means heart. Com’n now boy. When it concussion they say concussion. Not head. If it knee they say knee. Not leg. It ain’t no heart. He hurt lots. He know. You know to. Open eyes up boy he gotta get tougher and meaner.

        • fixer21

          Yeah, get tougher and meaner! Even though your lung collapses on the airplane in high altitudes and you can’t breathe during the game! That’s right, risk your life for a Louisiana Farmhand so he can win his fantasy league because that’s more important… Chicken Fries!

          • Louisiana Farmhand

            Y’all make me chuckle. AINT NO COLLAPSED LUNGS. NO LUNG INJURY. NO CHEST INJURY Y’ALL. He hurt lots he knows. Brady knows. Eat ya store bought chicken fries that frozen city slicker

        • fisher40

          Hey farmhand, and you know all this because your grammar is just so damn perfect right? Lmao

          • Louisiana Farmhand

            If you can’t fish don’t eat the dish

            If you ain’t got water don’t use no butter

            Read those stuff

  2. fixer21

    Yeah, get tougher and meaner! Even though your lung collapses on the airplane in high altitudes and you can’t breathe during the game! That’s right, risk your life for a Louisiana Farmhand so he can win his fantasy league because that’s more important… Chicken Fries!

    • Louisiana Farmhand

      Ya a crazy kangaroo

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