Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski Player Overview

Gronk should have the wing of a hospital named after him. He’s had major and multiple surgeries on his forearm, back and knee the past several years. And he has missed 22 regular games (excluding playoffs) the past 5 seasons because of injuries. He’ll be someone to keep an eye on this summer as he recovers from his third back surgery — an injury that forced him to miss half the 2016 NFL regular season.

Preseason

Chance of Injury in 2018: question mark 61.1%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 5.7%
Projected Games missed for 2018: question mark 2.5
Durability: question mark 2

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Rob Gronkowski Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Jan 21, 2018 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Gronkowski suffered a concussion on a 2nd-quarter helmet-to-helmet hit by Jaguars S Barry Church. He missed the rest of the game and entered the league protocol.
Oct 1, 2017 NFL Leg Thigh Bruise Gronkowski suffered a right thigh contusion via a leg whip against the Panthers and missed the following game at Tampa Bay.
Nov 27, 2016 NFL Back Vertebral Disc Hernia Gronk suffered a herniated disc and impinged nerve that required December surgery. He left after a hit in the Jets game, but the injury reportedly originated Nov. 13 vs. Seattle. Gronk missed the final 5 games plus 3 in the playoffs.
Nov 13, 2016 NFL Chest Lung Bruise Gronk left late after a big hit by Seattle S Earl Thomas. Injury reported as bruised lung, bruised sternum and perforated lung. Original report of punctured lung proved incorrect. Later back injury and surgery also attributed to this hit.
Aug 15, 2016 NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Gronk pulled up lame in preseason practice. He sat out the entire preseason and 1st 2 regular-season games, then remained limited at least into Week 5.
Nov 29, 2015 NFL Knee Strain Grade 1 Team and Gronkowski family called the injury a "bone bruise/sprain of his right knee" in a joint statement. Gronk missed 1 game. Later had a January treatment than included a pain injection.
Dec 8, 2013 NFL Knee MCL Tear Grade 3 Gronkowski tore his right MCL against the Browns on the same play that tore the right ACL. He hit IR and had reconstructive surgery January 9, 2014. Gronk missed the final 3 games plus 2 in the playoffs.
Dec 8, 2013 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Gronkowski suffered a concussion on the same play that tore his right ACL and MCL. Thus, we have no way to know whether this injury would have cost him further game time.
Dec 8, 2013 NFL Knee ACL Tear Grade 3 Gronkowski suffered tears to his right ACL and MCL against the Browns. He landed on IR and had reconstructive surgery in January 9, 2014. Gronk missed the final 3 games plus 2 in the playoffs.
May 17, 2013 NFL Back Vertebral Fracture May MRI on disc issue revealed that he needed back surgery (reportedly not related to 2009 back injury that required surgery). Issue reportedly dated to 2012 season. Gronkowski didn't play until Week 7 of 2013.
Jan 13, 2013 NFL Arm Forearm Fracture Re-fractured left forearm (not identical injury). Gronk required 3 more surgeries, including treatment for nagging infection. He remained out until Week 7 of 2013 while also recovering from back surgery.
Nov 18, 2012 NFL Arm Forearm Fracture Gronk sustained a fractured forearm against the Colts and was sidelined the following 5 games. Had surgery November 19, 2012.
Sep 28, 2012 NFL Inguinal Hip Pull Gronk suffered a pulled hip during a practice which limited his reps that week but returned in time for the game.
Jan 22, 2012 NFL Pedal Ankle (high) Sprain Grade 3 Gronkowski suffered a high-ankle sprain in the AFC Championship game. He played through the injury in the Super Bowl 2 weeks later but required arthroscopic surgery later in February. He reportedly suffered multiple torn ligaments.
Aug 15, 2009 Non-NFL Back Vertebral Disc Hernia Missed entire junior year at Arizona (2009) following surgery for bulging disk in back. According to his book "It's Good to be Gronk," MRI showed badly ruptured disk that was damaging nerves in spinal cord.
Aug 30, 2008 Non-NFL Cervical Throat Mononucleosis In college, Gronkowski missed 3 games with mononucleosis and strep throat.