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Patriots Handling Of Gronkowski

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Posted: 1/15/2013 5:34 PM

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While Gronkowski was "medically cleared" to play, and I'm sure that he wanted to play,  with the way that he was dragging around his arm like a dead fish during week 17, the question has to be asked was it really the correct decision to let him play?

It was visibly clear then that he still remained in a fragile state.  The Houston game was two-weeks after that point, but wasn't there some way to first test just what impact that arm could really take, before putting him out there?

Couldn't he have done some falling-down exercises, some hard-rolls, some one-armed drills (on the bad arm) using his full body weight ... and see if there was any pain or issues?

Shouldn't he at least have first been used in a more limited-role for the 1st-half of the game, and see how it felt first ... before letting him just fly off on a dare-devil go-route deep down the sidelines?

They didn't even need Gronkowski to beat Houston (either time that they faced them).  He could have easily been backed-off for that game.

But Baltimore is a tough opponent even with Gronkowski, and they will really miss his potential against San Francisco or Atlanta.

Last edited 1/15/2013 9:09 PM by DerekLarsson2

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Posted: 1/15/2013 7:02 PM

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He broke his arm in a different place than the previous injury on Sunday. So this is a new injury, not a re-injury. Which makes the whole argument moot.
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Posted: 1/15/2013 9:36 PM

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> "He broke his arm in a different place than the previous injury"

Source?  

And if that's really true (and I'm not saying it isn't), then other questions are raised (why is this guy so damn  fragile?).  Wes Welker gets smashed around all the time, and isn't breaking bones.  Hernandez isn't breaking bones either.   

But I had read that he did not re-injure, and that his original injury had just had not ever fully healed.

That would make more sense than two different fluke breaks in a row on one arm.

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Posted: 1/15/2013 9:46 PM

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Report: Rob Gronkowski’s Arm Injury in Different Location Than Original Fracture

Gronkowski underwent surgery on Monday, and we now know that it was performed on a different location in his arm, and the original break was reportedly fully healed when the procedure took place.


Here's the link: http://nesn.com/2013/01/report...ginal-fracture/

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Posted: 1/15/2013 10:04 PM

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This was one of the first stories I saw Tuesday morning.

Just bad luck.

But go ahead and spin theories about how the coaching staff isn't doing their job. Again. Still.
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Posted: 1/15/2013 10:05 PM

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Thanks for the link SAMBAM.....I heard about it on WEEI Radio Boston but missed most of the info and where it was from... They did talk about the break right next to the plate so a jarring impact to the arm could find the weak spot there and cause damage.
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Posted: 1/15/2013 10:38 PM

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The explanation I saw was that a fracture at the plate they put in could have happened at any time. Last week or 3 years from now. 

Could be they need to put in an extra screw or two on the plate to compensate for Gronk's size and weight (which will put more stress on the thing than your average human would).
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Posted: 1/15/2013 10:59 PM

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Yes..... This new break had nothing to do with the old one other than that plate protected his old injury and it happened close to it. Like you said this could happen anytime and had nothing to do with the old break.

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Posted: 1/15/2013 11:34 PM

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The run game has to be huge from here on out.Also i liked how Vereen was catching passes coming from the backfield.That could be huge.
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Posted: 1/15/2013 11:37 PM

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Vereen could become the same degree of match-up hell that Hernandez and Gronk are. He's got the speed and hands of a WR, and the moves and toughness of a RB.
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Posted: 1/16/2013 3:59 PM

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The report I saw said the edge of the plate distributes more sheer stress to the bone so this is a completely new fracture like you guys are saying.

I am assuming they need to add a bigger plate or another plate for the new injury.  

This sounds like a huge problem since the plate is not going away as far as I know.  If he broke his arm right after falling on hard for the first time doesn't it make a Patriots fans think this could be a reoccurring problem down the road?
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