New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL when hit low in the Week 14 win over the Cleveland Browns. According to Albert Bree of NFL Media, Gronkowski is on schedule on his rehabilitation program.
This is great news for the Patriots who will be wanting to have their best receiver back in action. Gronkowski missed most of the 2013 season after re-injuring his arm in 2012 and having back surgery during the off-season. He returned in Week 10 of the 2013 season and then was injured in Week 14.
While Gronkowski is making progress, the recovery time is still long and arduous. He may not be fully healthy by the time September comes around and the Patriots begin their campaign. He may begin the 2014 season in the same place he started 2013, on the physically unable to perform list.
Since entering the league in 2010, Gronkowski has established himself as one of the leagues best tight ends. He’s been selected to two Pro Bowls and is a two-time first team All Pro selection. He has 3,255 yards and 47 touchdowns.