Rob Gronkowski is a crucial piece of the New England offense, despite the list of injuries he has suffered through his career so far. An injured Gronk always hurts fans in New England but as always it is next man up. Gronk underwent season ending back surgery in December, however he says he will be ready to go ahead of the new season next year.
His surgery in December was to fix a herniated disc and was the third surgery on his back dating back to his days playing in college. The most recent injury he picked up was thanks to a brutal hit by Seahawks safety Earl Thomas. Gronk missed time in earlier 2016 due to a hamstring injury and bruised lung.
He is 27 years old now, he played just eight games in 2016 and has only appeared in 16 games twice in his career. Despite the list of injuries, he has no plans on hanging up the cleats anytime soon and told Kevin Patra that he wants to play for as long as he possibly can play.
There is no doubt that Gronk is staying in New England for the foreseeable future, so the question for the Patriots now is, do they sign Martellus Bennett on a big contract to keep around as Gronk’s insurance policy?