Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports fragile Patriot Rob Gronkowski was “bursting, planting, and cutting” during recent organized team activities.
The 25-year-old Gronkowski, who penned a six-year extension worth $54 million in June 2012, suffered a concussion, and a torn right ACL and MCL on December 8 versus Cleveland.
Gronkowski, who also required back surgery last June to alleviate pain caused by a degenerative disc disease and didn’t debut until October against the Jets in the swamps of Jersey, underwent the knife on January 9.
Although the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Neanderthal will open training camp on the PUP list, Gronkowski is expected to play the Dolphins on September 7 at Sun Life Stadium.
Prior to getting injured, Gronkowski caught 39 balls for 592 yards and four touchdowns over seven contests.
A two-time All-Pro who established records for the most scores (17) and yards (1,327) by a tight end in 2011, Gronkowski is a brilliant playmaker and one of the elite talents to ever lineup at that position.
Unfortunately, after facing a sixth operation in 13 months, it’s evident that Gronkowski is a human chandelier.
As a unit, the Patriots finished 12-4 and captured the AFC East crown.
Even without Gronkowski, Tom Brady directed the league’s third ranked offense and again proved that he can prevail tossing a pigskin to an alligator.
Regardless, losing Gronkowski certainly weakened New England’s attack and contributed to the squad’s 26-16 loss to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship.
Individually, while readying for the season opener, Rob Gronkowski won’t complete the 2014 campaign versus the Buffalo Bills.by