Enough is enough

Despite the obvious injury downside, pro seasons aren't getting shorter

Updated: January 17, 2013, 4:01 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Just days after the National Institutes of Health concluded that CTE contributed to the suicide of the late Junior Seau, Rob Gronkowski, perhaps the best tight end in football, broke his forearm in the first quarter of the Patriots' first playoff game. Gronkowski, who previously broke the same arm and had surgery that cost him five weeks of the regular season and who played in last year's Super Bowl essentially on one leg, is lost for the year.

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