Rob Gronkowski Suffered a Punctured Lung and Cracked Ribs After a Hit During the Game Against the Rams

NFL fans surely noticed Tampa Bay tight end Rob Gronkowski was absent from the Buccaneers’ Sunday night game against the New England Patriots.

Gronkowski, 32, was injured on Sept. 26 during the Buccaneers’ game against the Los Angeles Rams. While he temporarily returned to the game following the impact, he was unable to accompany the Buccaneers on their journey to Massachusetts for yesterday’s game due to his injuries.

“We held out hope all week that Gronk would be ready,” a Buccaneers source told ESPN. “He’s a different breed.”

Gronkowski received an MRI following the incident, which revealed several cracked ribs.

“He made progress but not enough,” Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said of Gronkowski’s rehabilitation.

Fox Sports reporter Jay Glazer revealed that Gronkowski sustained one broken rib, four cracked ribs, and a punctured lung.

“I actually talked to Gronk about it, and he said, ‘There’s been a lot of misinformation out there, so, Jay, put the right information out there about me.’ It wasn’t just a couple of cracked ribs; it was four cracked ribs, one broken rib, and a punctured lung,” Glazer explained.

“He said, ‘Of course I wanted to be out there against New England as much as anything. But with something like this, especially the lung, I need to think about my health first,’ ” he continued. “That’s something I might not have thought about earlier, but at this point, I’ve got to really make sure my health comes first.’ But he said it was driving (him) crazy that he couldn’t be in there against New England.”

While Gronkowski could not rejoin quarterback Tom Brady in New England (Gronkowski and Brady won three Super Bowls together with the Patriots), the Florida squad nevertheless managed to win.

Due to a failed field goal by the Patriots in the final minutes of Sunday’s game at Gillette Stadium, the Buccaneers won 19-17 and improved to 3-1 following their Super Bowl victory earlier this year.