There has never been a tight end do the things Rob Gronkowski did this year for the New England Patriots. Of course, having a guy like Tom Brady throwing you passes certainly helps matters, but Gronkowski showed this season that he has a really special talent set.
The Patriots, who are classically very mum when it comes to disclosing player injuries and always list Tom Brady on their injury report, could not have been happy when Gronkowski's father let it be known that his son is suffering from a high-ankle sprain, which is one of the worst injuries an ankle can endure, even worse than a fracture, many would say.
This is unfortunate news for the Patriots, considering "RG87" posted a record season in 2011 for NFL tight ends when he caught 90 balls for 1,327 yards and a ridiculous total of 17 touchdowns in a year when the tight end position was redefined even further than guys like Jason Witten took it by Gronkowski and New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham.
There are numerous reports claiming that Gronkowski won't practice at all leading up to the game but will give it a go on Sunday against the Giants. How effective he will be will be largely up in the air considering the severity of the ankle injury that he suffered last Sunday in New England's win over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game.
Gronkowski's mere presence on the field will give the Giants something to think about, but it's hard to imagine him being his regular-season self come Sunday.