Patriots' Rob Gronkowski missed five weeks after breaking his forearm blocking a meaningless extra point against the Colts. After working himself back in time for the playoffs, he re-injured that arm very early in the first quarter. Now he's out for the season.
Obviously a lot of the speculation has been, "Did the Patriots bring Gronk back to soon?". Some blamed Belichick for that, myself included. However, as more facts are revealed we're finding out that this was just another fluke in a string of horrible fluke injuries for the best tight end in football.
“It was just an unfortunate fall for him,” said Dr. Elizabeth Matzkin, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “Was the bone 100 percent healed? Probably not 100 percent healed. Was it as strong as it was before he broke it the first time? Probably not.
“Was it strong enough to let him get back to play? That’s a million-dollar question.
“He got a little unlucky. I don’t think there’s anyone to point fingers at or blame. That’s the risk you take when you’re taking care of an athlete at that level.”
The report from CSNNE's Tom E. Curran was that Gronk didn't even re-injure the same injury, it was a different part of the arm.
Sure, his arm was definitely more sensitive due to the injury, but apparently that takes up to 6 months to get back to where it was pre-break. Doctors were OK with the decision to let Gronkowski play. After all, he had gone through the complete recovery period since it was 8 weeks after the injury.
So it was all just one big coincidence.
Great! That makes me feel a lot better!
And yes, that's sarcasm.