The fallout from Sunday evening’s injury to Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski is starting to reverberate with the New England Patriots. On Monday, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke about the injury during his weekly radio segment on WEEI in Boston.
“I knew he got injured, but I obviously didn't know the extent," Brady said. “He's such a great player. It sucks that he gets hurt, but it's part of the game. So he’s got to do his best to get back as soon as possible. We've got to go out there and win some games without him."
The Patriots’ high-scoring offense will be fine without Gronkowski in the short term, especially if equally dynamic tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle) returns soon. New England leads the league in scoring and total offense, and the team has more than enough weapons to produce.
"No one cares what's going on with us," Brady said. "We've got to still go out there and win."
Brady is the only indispensable player on this team. But New England needs a healthy “Gronk” back in time to make a playoff run. Gronkowski is the team’s best red-zone threat.