Gronkowski tears ACL, MCL

The Patriots are a different (read: worse) team without Rob Gronkowski, so the news that he's out for the season after tearing his ACL and MCL must put a damper on their third consecutive comeback win. Gronkowski was hit in the knee by Browns safety T.J. Ward after catching a pass from Tom Brady, and he had to be carted off the field. The news couldn't be much worse for the Patriots, who've won their past three games only by the slimmest of margins and have already suffered devastating injuries to stalwarts like Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo. Though Brady thinks the team will adapt, it's hard to see how New England can make another Super Bowl run without their best pass-catcher.

Are the Patriots legitimate Super Bowl contenders with Rob Gronkowski out for the rest of the season?

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  • If you were a pro football player, where would you least want to be hit?

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  • Will Rob Gronkowski ever play a full season for the Patriots again?

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  • How many games will the Patriots (10-3; at MIA, at BAL, vs. BUF) win this season?

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  • What do you make of the Patriots' recent struggles (34-31 win at HOU, 27-26 win vs. CLE)?

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  • Will the Patriots reach another Super Bowl with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady?

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  • Which of these AFC teams has the best chance of beating out the favored Broncos for a Super Bowl bid?

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