NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski suffered what is believed to be a punctured lung in the team's loss to Seattle, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Rapoport reports that Gronkowski is expected to miss one game with the injury.
Related players: Martellus Bennett
The Patriots have enviable depth at tight end with Martellus Bennett enjoying a Pro Bowl-caliber season so he likely sees a bulk of the targets. The schedule also works in New England's favor as the team is heading to San Francisco to face the 1-9 49ers in Week 11, a game the Patriots should be able to handle without Gronk, likely eliminating any slim chance he could play. Gronkowski missed five plays after taking a big hit from safety Earl Thomas during the game.