Rob Gronkowski’s Season Is Officially Over

Taylor McCloud — Pats Militia

Well, there it is, Gronk’s 2016 season is officially over.

The Patriots just placed him on season-ending injured reserve, and promoted rookie runningback, D.J. Foster (my boy), back to the active roster.

If you’ve read any of my previous blogs speaking on this subject, you know I expected this. In fact, you know I kind of wanted this. Like I’ve said a million times, this injury is huge, and so much bigger than football. A herniated disk (his third) is no joke and I’m relieved to see both the Gronkowski family, and the Patriots are treating it accordingly.

We all know that Gronk’s surgery went well, and that he was up and walking within hours of the operation. However, we do not know a timetable for his rehab. Initial reports said he could be out for as little as eight weeks, but now, with no rush for him to get back on the field, I’m assuming it will be a slow process.

Rich Hill of Pats Pulpit had this suggestion…

And I don’t think it’s a bad idea at all. Would it suck to waste one of Tom Brady’s final years in a Pats’ uniform without Gronk? Of course. But honestly, a slow recovery and actual time to rehab might be exactly what Gronk needs. Every offseason it’s been about how fast he can get back to playing shape and how fast he can get over an injury. Giving him some legitimate time to get back to 100% doesn’t seem like a bad idea at all. (Even though it’s hard to imagine any scenario where Gronk is healthy enough to play and opts not to.)

However, there’s some uncertainty pertaining to his future in football in and of itself. The dude is only 27 and is going to need his back for the rest of his life. I wouldn’t be surprised if during this rehab time, there’s consideration of retirement, no matter how much that sucks to say.

But for now, I don’t want to think that far ahead. The Patriots still have a season to finish, and their Super Bowl chances are from dashed. So, here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for Rob Gronkowski, and for a championship ending for this team.

Go Pats.