Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered a chest injury, not a punctured lung during Sunday’s loss against the Seattle Seahawks, according to updated reports.
Original reports said the Patriots player had punctured his lung after taking a hard hit from Earl Thomas, though most recent reports say it is only a chest injury.
After the game, Gronk called it a “big hit” and said while he got the wind knocked out of him, he felt fine.
Quarterback Tom Brady learned of Gronkowski’s injury during his weekly radio interview and said he did not know anything about it.
The Patriots travel to San Francisco to play the 49ers on Sunday and his status for the game is now questionable.
Gronkowski was supposed to attend the Globies awards ceremony at the House of Blues Monday but did not show. Current and former teammates who did attend said they knew Gronkowski will be able to make it through any injury.
“I don’t even want to imagine but he’s a tough guy, he’s one of our toughest football players,” said Devin McCourty. “He has heart and his play never falls off so I think that shows the credit he deserves for the time he puts in taking care of his body and getting ready to go.”
It is unclear if Gronkowski will play in next Sunday’s game against the 49ers in San Francisco.
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