Rob Gronkowski’s knee injury wasn’t nearly as bad as it looked Sunday night, but the mild MCL strain is significant enough to rule him out of this weekend’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Gronkowski sustained the injury on an incomplete pass late in New England’s 30-24 overtime loss to the Denver Broncos. Julian Edelman will also miss the Eagles game as he recovers from a broken foot, while running back Dion Lewis is out for the season with a torn ACL. Those three have combined for 154 receptions and 20 touchdowns this year. Danny Amendola, who had 49 catches and two scores, is questionable with his own knee injury.
That means that Tom Brady will be throwing to wide receivers Brandon LeFell and Keshawn Martin, tight end Scott Chandler and third-down back Brandon Bolden against the Eagles. Those four only have 56 catches and six touchdowns.
Gronkowski has only played 16 games once in his six year career, putting up 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2012. Last season, he had 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns in 15 games, and he has posted 931 yards and nine scores in 11 games this year.