Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (broken forearm) progressing nicely
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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (broken forearm) progressing nicely

The Patriots' official website posted an interview with tight end Rob Gronkowski @RobGronkowski on Friday and asked him how he is coming along after undergoing surgery one month ago to fix his broken left forearm. Gronkowski said he is out of his cast and "[g]etting it better. Getting it stronger. Getting it totally healthy now."
Gronkowski broke the forearm in the early stages of New England's divisional round playoff game versus the Texans. Two weeks earlier, Gronkowski made his return to the field after missing five games due to an initial break of the same arm.

Fantasy Analysis:

I know the re-breaking of the arm are going to make some people a little nervous about drafting Gronkowski next season. Don't be. This isn't like a hamstring or some other repetitive soft-tissue injury. This shouldn't have the lingering, long-term effects of a concussion. This has nothing to do with his legs, feet or back, which gave Gronk problems at times last season. I would classify what happened to him as a freak occurrence, definitely not something that should be thought of as chronic or threatening to his NFL future. I would be against drafting him late in the first round, but there is no doubt he should be the first TE off the board this summer.

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Shhhhhhhh !!!! I would like a chance of drafting this freak of nature next year without having to pay such a premium price. whisper with me now and lets start a writing campaign to assainate his character enough to drop him down a couple of Rnds, where TE's ought be drafted. No one I know had any success in 2012 drafting WR's or especially TE's early. 2011 appears to have been a 1 yr trend that fizzled out as quckly as it came. All hail the RB.

Posted by: 02/17/13 02:39 PM

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