Rob Gronkowski Fantasy News
Rob Gronkowski (ACL, MCL) to have surgery Thursday
Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 12:34pm
Hmm, we assumed that the surgery had already occurred. No reason has been given for the delay, but obviously his recovery hasn't started yet. There was a report that said he was expected to be ready for the start of the season, but that's looking very iffy at this point.
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Report: Gronk could be ready for start of 2014
Monday, December 16, 2013, 8:54pm
Some positive news on the injury front. NFL Network's, and former Boston Globe leading man, Albert Breer is reporting that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has a torn ACL/MCL but not a dislocated knee.
The expected time frame for Gronk is to have surgery in two weeks once the swelling has gone down. Breer also states that the expectation is that Gronk will be ready for the start of the 2014 season.
The piece points out that had the knee been dislocated, Dr. David Chao, a former NFL team doctor, says that surgery could have been postponed even further and that the surgery could have possibly needed two stages to complete. Instead, the recovery timeline is moved forward and the number of immediate surgeries is reduced.
Vereen, Amendola 'pivotal' in replacing Gronk
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 10:36am
Vereen has proven to be among the most important players on the Patriots offense, averaging eight catches per game, second most in the NFL. His soft hands and open-field running make him the ideal fit to line up on Brady's hip when the Patriots turn to their up-tempo, often shotgun approach.
Amendola, meanwhile, has had sufficient production this season, but not necessarily in line with what many expected after a standout preseason that drew comparisons to the receiver he's helped to replace, Wes Welker.
As the stakes raise and the postseason draws nearer, both Amendola and Vereen will be pivotal in the attempt to ensure that this version of the offense without Gronk surpasses the one witnessed earlier this season.
Amendola was knocked out of Week 6 with a head injury, but caught 10 passes for 104 yards in Week 1 and another four catches for 55 yards in Week 5 with Gronkowski sidelined. He's been fairly quiet of late, but that will change if he starts to see double-digit targets.