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When news broke that Rob Gronkowski had broken his forearm in the New England Patriots 59-24 demolition of the Indianapolis Colts, of course, most Pats fans just broke down and cried themselves to sleep. Especially after coming off a monster game of 137 yards and 2 touchdowns. But upon further reflection, is the news that Gronkowski's out for pretty much the whole regular season such  disaster?

Firstly, the division is basically won. If we beat the New York Jets on Thursday, and then beat the Miami Dolphins a week later, we'll be in the playoffs for sure. And then Gronk will be back to help us get back to the Super Bowl. And it's not like the Jets and the Dolphins are the best teams in the NFL, is it?

Secondly, Aaron Hernandez has been inactive since week 7 of the season. The Patriots, knowing that Gronkowski could fill the void, knew they could rest Hernandez until he was needed/fully fit. Well that time has come. With Gronkowski out, we've got Hernandez, one of the best tight ends in the league, waiting to go. How many teams would love that luxury? As well as that, we've got depth, with Vishante Shiancoe, Daniel Fells and Michael Hoomanawanui also on the roster. For all those wondering in the off-season why we were hoarding TE's, here's the reason.

So everything will be fine, don't worry! ...Then again:









We might miss his 743 yards and 10 TD's, and his great pass and run blocking... As Tom Brady put it this morning: "It sucks". Get well soon Gronk!

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Brendan Annely 11/19/2012 09:43:00 AM Edit
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