Rob Gronkowski has not played since Week 3 of the 2021 NFL season. He also won’t be returning to the field in Week 6.
The Buccaneers have already ruled out Gronkowski for their “Thursday Night Football” game against the Eagles. It is the third game in a row that Gronkowski will miss as a result of an injury suffered against the Rams.
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Gronkowski was injured after he was hit hard while making a catch against Los Angeles. He went to the locker room after the play.
He would eventually return to the game, but it’s amazing that he did. His injuries were of a particularly brutal variety.
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What is Rob Gronkowski’s injury?
Gronkowski told Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer that he had suffered “four broken ribs, a broken rib and a punctured lung” on that play against the Rams. Despite all that, the Bucs chose not to put him in RI.
In fact, the Buccaneers thought Gronkowski could prepare to play his former team, the Patriots, in Week 4. That’s part of the reason the team chose not to put him on injured reserve.
“We were hopeful all week that Gronk would be ready,” said a team source. told ESPN. “It is a different breed.”
Gronkowski never made enough progress to play. As such, the team held him up for the team’s victory over the Patriots and he also missed the team’s Week 5 victory over the Dolphins.
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How long will Rob Gronkowski be out?
Gronkowski has now missed three games, the minimum amount required to lose for IR players, but he doesn’t appear to miss many more.
Bucs coach Bruce Arians said Gronkowski was “very close” to return on Monday media availability. Then he said that Gronk was doing “very good progress” the next day. However, the Bucs evidently weren’t comfortable enough to play him in a short week, so they ruled him out.
It looks like Gronkowski should have a good chance of returning to the Bucs ‘lineup in Week 7 given Arians’ recent comments. His status will be seen when the Buccaneers return to practice after their short break after Thursday’s game.