Rob Gronkowski injury: Patriots TE needs surgery on broken forearm

Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

The timetable on his return isn't known.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski broke his forearm on the Patriots final extra point attempt, according to multiple reports. The Boston Globe reports that Gronkowski does need surgery on his arm but there is no timetable on his return.

We're finishing up Week 11 so there's not a whole lot of time remaining in the regular season. The Patriots though will more than likely be making the playoffs so from that standpoint it's worth keep Gronkowski on the active roster so that he can be available for the postseason.

Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe reports Gronk has been told it could be a 4-6 week timeframe.

The true timeframe is unknown until Gronkowski is examined Monday, but he's being told it's somewhere in the realm of 4-6 weeks. That would almost definitely put him out for games against the Jets, Dolphins, Texans, and 49ers. After that, they'll have to see. Some guys heal more quickly than others. And Gronkowski, being 23, has youth on his side.

As Bedard notes, Gronk could come back even earlier with a brace on his arm with the understanding that he wouldn't be able to do certain things, like blocking, as effectively.

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