Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Rob Gronkowski questionable to return after taking hit to head

Rob Gronkowski questionable to return after taking hit to head

If Gronkowski is unable to return, the Patriots will be down to one healthy tight end in Dwayne Allen.

New England entered halftime down 14-10 to Jacksonville.

Church was penalized for unnecessary roughness as his helmet made contact with Gronkowski's, although Church initially appeared to be leading with his shoulder. He went into the blue medical tent then came off the field and went to the locker room for testing for a possible concussion.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady watches as tight end Rob Gronkowski left is assisted from the field after a hit by Jacksonville Jaguars safety Barry Church during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game Sunday Jan. 21
Rob Gronkowski questionable to return after taking hit to head

Gronkowski was slow to get started in the game, as he was not targeted for much of the first half.

"If you go low, you're a dirty player".

The Patriots called it a "head" injury for Gronkowski and eventually ruled him out for the rest of the game. His importance to this team is not only shown in the stats, but in how having him in the lineup opens up opportunities for other weapons.

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