Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski Could Miss Multiple Weeks With Fractured Ribs

Jordan Schultz is reporting that the Buccaneers have officially ruled out TE Rob Gronkowski for Week 4’s game against the Patriots with a rib injury.

Rob Gronkowski

According to Adam Schefter, Gronkowski suffered multiple fractured ribs last Sunday that threaten to sideline him for multiple weeks. Initial X-rays came back clean but a follow-up MRI was not.

We held out hope all week he’d be ready,” said a source told Schefter. “He’s a different breed.”

Gronkowski was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report, but indications were that he was unlikely to suit up against his odd team.

Gronkowski, 32, is a former second-round pick of the Patriots back in 2010. He was in the sixth year of his eight-year, $55.23 million contract that included $13.17 million guaranteed when he made the decision to retire in 2019. 

The Buccaneers later acquired Gronkowski in a trade with the Patriots last year. He returned to the Bucs on a one-year, $10 million contract this past March. 

In 2021, Gronkowski has appeared in three games for the Buccaneers and caught 16 passes for 184 yards receiving and four touchdowns.

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