The New England Patriots may have advanced to the AFC Championship next week after defeating the Houston Texans 41-28 Sunday evening
January 15, 2013 – The New England Patriots may have advanced to the AFC Championship next week after defeating the Houston Texans 41-28 Sunday evening, but they will have to play without the services of Rob Gronkowski their All-Pro tight end.
Gronkowski is one of the league’s best tight ends, but he reinjured his left forearm that he broke back on November 18. Doctors said the tight end would need more surgery. In just the second offensive series of the game, Gronkowski was injured. He was injured when he caught a deep pass thrown by quarterback Tom Brady. He was ruled out of bounds on the catch, but braced his fall with his arm, which had been heavily bandaged.
During the game, the team said it was questionable if he would return. However, before the game had ended, rumors already had surfaced that the tight end would not play any longer this season.
His teammate, Aaron Hernandez said Gronkowski was hard to replace since he was a freak of nature, however, Hernandez said the rest of the team had to step up and make the plays to move on to the next game.
Two other Patriots starters also were hurt in the game and left. However it is unknown if Danny Woodhead, who injured his thumb on the first offensive play of the game, while receiving a handoff from his quarterback, will be able to play. He left the game and did not return but remained on the sideline.
Chandler Jones, the team’s defensive end left after injuring his ankle. He missed two games earlier in the season with a similar ankle injury but the team will not know until Monday afternoon about his condition.
New England will host the Baltimore Ravens this weekend for the AFC Championship, with the winner heading on to face the NFC Champions in the Super Bowl in New Orleans on February 3.