Patriots’ Gronkowksi won’t play against Jets

Gronkowksi broke his arm against the Colts on Sunday.
JIM MCISAAC/GETTY IMAGES

For the first time all season, the Jets were on the right side of the injury report with the news tight end Rob Gronkowski had surgery yesterday and will be sidelined when the Patriots come to visit Thursday night.

Gronkowski broke his forearm late in the fourth quarter of the Patriots’ blowout win over the Colts on Sunday afternoon. Not only did Grownkowski not need to be in the game  with it already settled, but the broken arm came while blocking for an extra point. The loss of Gronkowski is a huge blow to the Patriots offense.

“Obviously with Gronkowski, he’s a huge target — especially in the red zone,” Jets head coach Rex Ryan said. “I never like to see anybody get hurt. I’m not sad that he’s missing our game, but I hope he gets back soon.”

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had to answer as to why one of his star players was still on the field at a point in the game when his team was essentially running up the score. Belichick did his best to dodge the question and perhaps his culpability in the injury. The score had put the Patriots up by five touchdowns with 3:22 left in the game.

“I don’t think there are any quicker ways to lose a game than getting a kick blocked and run back for a touchdown,” Belichick said. “That’s probably one of the quickest ways to put it up in the loss column. It’s an important job. Whoever does it, it’s a very important job in the game.”

The Jets have struggled in the past to stop the massive, 6-foot-5, 265-pound Pro Bowl tight end.

In the Patriots’ Week 9 overtime home victory over the Jets, Gronkowski had nine catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns. He led the team with 10 receiving touchdowns and was second on the roster with 53 catches.

“They have five tight ends on their roster so I don’t know if they will put another guy in that role,” Ryan said. “I’m not sure how they’ll do it. New England is so multiple; it could be four wides, five wides, could be a bunch of tight ends and all that, so we’ll see as the game goes how it affects them.”

Complicating matters is the uncertain status of tight end Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez, who is battling an ankle injury, hasn’t played since the Oct. 21 win over the Jets where he had five catches for 54 yards.

“I don’t know [if he will play]. We’ll have to see how close he is or isn’t to playing, Belichick said. “[We will] probably make a decision later on in the week, maybe even a game-time decision, I don’t know. When we get out to the practice field, we’ll see whether [our injured players are] able to do that or more or less or whatever it is. We’ll take it day by day. I’d definitely put Aaron in the day-by-day category.”

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

'Barack Obama cheats on Michelle' claims Japanese politician…

A senior Japanese politician has marred Barack Obama's official visit to Tokyo with bizarre claims that the President cheats on his wife Michelle. Kazuyuki Hamada,…

International

British Royal family devastated by freak NY death…

The British royals have been left devastated by the death of Mark Shand, younger brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, after a freak fall in…

Local

VIDEO: Police seek suspect in molotov cocktail attack…

Police released surveillance video on Wednesday in hopes of tracking down a man who threw a molotov cocktail inside a Brooklyn corner store.

Local

City Council budget asks for 1,000 additional NYPD…

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito unveiled the City Council's budget priorities on Wednesday, including the extra cops for the NYPD at a cost of $94.3 million.

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 9

It was only an hour-long episode, but there's a lot to cover this week. The drama of Survivor strikes again as the identity of the…

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, April 23: 'Suburgatory,' 'Modern…

'Suburgatory' The men of "Suburgatory" go camping and Tessa mentors a social outcast in a Miss Chatswin contest, which brings her, once again, into conflict…

The Word

The best lines from Oprah's ex-stepmother's Daily Mail…

Oprah’s ex-stepmother, Barbara Winfrey, is out for revenge.

Books

A debut novel about fate, love and moving…

Pia Padukone talks about her debut novel, "Where Earth Meets Water."

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

NFL

Giants 2014 regular season schedule

The Giants will play five prime-time games — against the Lions, Redskins, Eagles, Colts and Cowboys.

MLB

Jets 2014 regular season schedule

The Jets will play three prime-time games — against the Bears, Patriots and Dolphins — as well as a CBS national game in Week 2 at Green Bay.

NBA

Phil Jackson talked to Steve Kerr, pushes for…

Knicks president Phil Jackson spoke to the media for the first time since firing head coach Mike Woodson on Monday.

Style

Pippa Middleton's Etsy pick: Golden Thread Jewelry

Get a look at the jewelry Pippa Middleton loves and find out how you can buy it too.

Parenting

What every parent needs to know to get…

Mom and author of "Small Talk," Tracey Blake, shares her five practical tips to help you develop your children's language skills.

Sex

Subway crush: Meet your soulmate on your commute

Read about a couple who has been 40 years after meeting on the train.

Tech

Happy birthday, Game Boy! The handheld console turns…

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 this week. To commemorate, we look at some of its better games, like "Tetris" and "The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening."