Report: Pats TE Gronkowski dealing with ligament damage
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is dealing with some ligament damage in his left ankle, the Boston Herald reported on Tuesday.
Gronkowski left the stadium in a walking boot following Sunday's 23-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Despite the injury, Gronkowski is expected to play in the Super Bowl against the New York Giants.
"We’ll see how it goes with Rob, and some of the other players that are getting treatment," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "We’ll see how it is when we get back out on the field. We haven’t practiced in the last couple of days. We’ll see how it is when it’s time to go."
Gronkowski injured his ankle on a 23-yard reception in the final minute of the third quarter. The second-year tight end later returned to the game, telling reporters he went to get the ankle re-taped.
He finished with five receptions for 87 yards but did not make a catch after he was hurt.
Gronkowski has had a monster season, setting records for tight ends for touchdowns (17) and receiving yards (1,327).
He also came up huge in New England's 45-10 playoff win over Denver, hauling in 10 catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns.
The Patriots are set as 3-point favorites with a 55-point total in next Sunday's game.