Gronkowski loss might not help Jets much

November, 19, 2012
11/19/12
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rob Gronkowski has been a unique challenge for the Jets. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end is big and agile enough to pose a nightmarish matchup problem.

Gronkowski underwent surgery Monday to fix a broken arm, which will keep him out of the Thanksgiving night game at MetLife Stadium.

"I never like to see anybody get hurt," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "I'm not sad that he's missing our game, but I hope he gets back soon."

Last Nov. 13 in MetLife Stadium, Gronkowski had eight catches for 113 yards in a 37-16 win over the Jets. That's just the kind of threat the tight end poses to a defense. But Ryan isn't sure that his absence will make it easier for the Jets to beat the Patriots.

"New England is so multiple," Ryan said. "They give you, sometimes it could be four wides, five wides, could be a bunch of tight ends and all that. So we'll see as the game goes on how it affects them."
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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