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Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski missed the Bucs Week 4 victory over the Patriots with a rib injury, and perhaps some other maladies, depending on who you ask. After initial X-rays were negative for Gronkowski’s ribs, further tested revealed several cracked ribs and further damage. Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported the most concerning injury news we’ve heard regarding Gronkowski.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians was asked about the All-Pro tight end’s injury after Tampa Bay’s 19-17 victory. Arians provided some clarification to the conflicting reports. Well, as much clarification as Arians ever provides on injuries.

“Once he had the CT scans some things showed up,” Arians said. “He did have, I think, three or four fractures and a pinch in the lung. It wasn’t blown up, but we’ll see how long it takes.”

The reported injuries sound serious, but Gronkowski hasn’t been placed on injured reserve, which would render him out for three weeks. In fact, the Bucs waived DT Khalil Davis rather than put Gronkowski on IR. The 32-year old pass catcher warmed up with his helmet during Friday’s practice, and was originally listed as doubtful on the injury report. Still, it seems Gronkowski will have a chance to be back against Miami next Sunday.

“Could be [back] next week,” Arians said after the game. “Who knows?”

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Spitfire
Spitfire(@spitfire)
2 months ago

Definitely don’t wanna lose him for the season, as much as we missed him last night. I have a feeling he was pushing it to try to join Beady for their Former Homecoming Game, sounds like he will be fine once he heals but they need to let him heal so he doesn’t either go out for good or only be 50% the rest of the way.
Freakin no excuse for Brate and Howard to not be capable of stepping up in the meantime.

Mike Pengelly
Mike Pengelly(@ontariomike)
2 months ago

Punctured lung sure sounds bad. I know he would have played if at all possible. We sure missed him in the red zone. They dropped so many people in the area that noone seemed open. Jones running TD saved us and Fournette was a beast. Still too many obvious running situations and we run it up the gut for minimal gain. Credit the Pats for using Brady like quick passes to make their QB’s life easier. He’s the real deal. Finally we got some sacks with heavy blitzing. Again, too many flags negating good drives…AB must be mad about that!… Read more »

surferdudes
surferdudes(@surferdudes)
2 months ago

If we need him that bad for a Miami team that truely sucks, we’re not a very good football team. No need for him to play next week.

Buc76
Buc76(@jjjj)
2 months ago

Don’t rush him back. We need him when it counts. We should be able to handle the Dolphins, Eagles and Bears without him if its necessary. I’d look at him returning at the Saints or after the bye if necessary.

Eddie
Eddie(@oct62020)
2 months ago

I wonder how much of these injury occurred after he was re inserted into the game. Remember, the X ray showed negative after his initial injury, so Arians or Leftwich put him back. Now the CT scan showed all these crack and broken ribs.

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