Report: Rob Gronkowski has a torn ACL, season likely over

Amid all the craziness of the Patriots comeback over the Cleveland Browns, lost is the injury to star Pats tight end Rob Gronkowski that occured in the third quarter. Gronk was hit low to the knee after a complete pass, and writhed on the ground in pain. He was carted off and did not return.

Early reports are that the news is not good.

The impact of Gronkowski on the Patriots offense cannot be understated. Since returning to the team in Week 7, his 37 catches for 560 yards and 4 TDs have vaulted the Pats offense from 22nd in the league to 6th. A pretty remarkable turnaround for an offense that looked anemic without him in the beginning of the year.

Despite season ending injuries to key players such as Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo, Tommy Kelly and Sebastian Vollmer, the Patriots have still been seen as having realistic Super Bowl aspirations. If the report is true and Gronk is lost for the year, one would have to think those expectations would be lowered.

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