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Rob Gronkowski
ADP: N/A
Bye: 11
Experience: 11 Yr(s)
Age: 33.1
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 265
40 Time: 4.73
Speed Score: 108.10
SPARQx (Rank): 112.90 (70%)
Burst Score (Rank): 118.10 (57%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.65 (39%)
Catch Radius (Rank): 10.09 (70%)

Injury PredictorRob Gronkowski's Injury Guide

Very High Risk

Chance of Injury in 2022

94%

% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game

15.3%

1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2022

3.70

Durability

2

Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable

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Injury History

Date League Injury Details
May 17, 2013 NFL Back Vertebral Fracture May MRI on disc issue revealed that he needed back surgery (reportedly not related to 2009 back injury that required surgery). Issue reportedly dated to 2012 season. Gronkowski didn't play until Week 7 of 2013.
Jan 13, 2013 NFL Arm Forearm Fracture Re-fractured left forearm (not identical injury). Gronk required 3 more surgeries, including treatment for nagging infection. He remained out until Week 7 of 2013 while also recovering from back surgery.
Nov 18, 2012 NFL Arm Forearm Fracture Gronk sustained a fractured forearm against the Colts and was sidelined the following 5 games. Had surgery November 19, 2012.
Sep 28, 2012 NFL Inguinal Hip Pull Gronk suffered a pulled hip during a practice which limited his reps that week but returned in time for the game.
Jan 22, 2012 NFL Pedal Ankle (high) Sprain Grade 3 Gronkowski suffered a high-ankle sprain in the AFC Championship game. He played through the injury in the Super Bowl 2 weeks later but required arthroscopic surgery later in February. He reportedly suffered multiple torn ligaments.
Aug 15, 2009 Non-NFL Back Vertebral Disc Hernia Missed entire junior year at Arizona (2009) following surgery for bulging disk in back. According to his book "It's Good to be Gronk," MRI showed badly ruptured disk that was damaging nerves in spinal cord.
Aug 30, 2008 Non-NFL Cervical Throat Mononucleosis In college, Gronkowski missed 3 games with mononucleosis and strep throat.
Dec 8, 2013 NFL Knee ACL Tear Grade 3 Gronkowski suffered tears to his right ACL and MCL against the Browns. He landed on IR and had reconstructive surgery in January 9, 2014. Gronk missed the final 3 games plus 2 in the playoffs.
Nov 29, 2015 NFL Knee Strain Grade 1 Team and Gronkowski family called the injury a "bone bruise/sprain of his right knee" in a joint statement. Gronk missed 1 game. Later had a January treatment than included a pain injection.
Aug 15, 2016 NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Gronk pulled up lame in preseason practice. He sat out the entire preseason and 1st 2 regular-season games, then remained limited at least into Week 5.
Nov 27, 2016 NFL Back Vertebral Disc Hernia Gronk suffered a herniated disc and impinged nerve that required December surgery. He left after a hit in the Jets game, but the injury reportedly originated Nov. 13 vs. Seattle. Gronk missed the final 5 games plus 3 in the playoffs.
Jan 21, 2018 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Gronkowski suffered a concussion on a 2nd-quarter helmet-to-helmet hit by Jaguars S Barry Church. He missed the rest of the game and entered the league protocol.
Oct 1, 2017 NFL Leg Thigh Bruise Gronkowski suffered a right thigh contusion via a leg whip against the Panthers and missed the following game at Tampa Bay.
Nov 13, 2016 NFL Chest Lung Bruise Gronk left late after a big hit by Seattle S Earl Thomas. Injury reported as bruised lung, bruised sternum and perforated lung. Original report of punctured lung proved incorrect. Later back injury and surgery also attributed to this hit.
Dec 8, 2013 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Gronkowski suffered a concussion on the same play that tore his right ACL and MCL. Thus, we have no way to know whether this injury would have cost him further game time.
Dec 8, 2013 NFL Knee MCL Tear Grade 3 Gronkowski tore his right MCL against the Browns on the same play that tore the right ACL. He hit IR and had reconstructive surgery January 9, 2014. Gronk missed the final 3 games plus 2 in the playoffs.
Oct 14, 2018 NFL Back Lower Lumbar Sprain Gronkowski missed 1 game with an unspecified back injury. It's not clear exactly when he suffered the initial injury.
Oct 29, 2018 NFL Back Lower Lumbar Sprain Gronk suffered a setback with his back injury and missed 2 games. He returned after the Week 11 bye.
Sep 26, 2021 NFL Chest Rib Fracture Gronkowski suffered rib injuries during the Week 4 loss to the Rams. He missed four games
Sep 26, 2021 NFL Chest Lung Puncture Gronkowski sustained a punctured lung during the Week 4 loss to the Rams. He missed four games
Oct 31, 2021 NFL Back Lower Lumbar Muscle Spasms Gronkowski suffered back spasms in Week 8's game at New Orleans. He missed one game

Basic StatsRob Gronkowski's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:

  • What we all need to know most here is whether Gronk is going to play … obviously. As of this writing, not even Tom Brady will say whether he thinks his buddy is returning.
  • Gronkowski lost 4 games to a rib fracture and punctured lung in 2021, plus another to back spasms.
  • Back issues have arisen at points throughout Gronk’s career, as far back as 2009. That’s when he missed his junior season at Arizona State because of a bulging disc.
  • His 2021 injuries don’t appear to be a factor going forward, and Gronk played in every 2020 game after sitting out the 2019 season.
  • Gronk delivered his most yards per catch and receptions per game since 2017 last year. His average depth of target has dipped vs. the numbers before his 1st retirement. Gronkowski has increased his yards after catch, though.
  • He led all TEs in end-zone targets in 2020 and tied for 5th in that category last season.
  • Brady has led the league in pass attempts from inside the 10-yard line each of the past 2 years, according to Pro Football Reference.
  • Gronk ranked 4th among TEs in targets per game in 2021. The Buccaneers then let TE O.J. Howard walk in free agency. The most significant addition: 4th-round pick Cade Otton, who is working back from ankle surgery.
  • The Bucs have also shed Antonio Brown from last year’s team, replacing him on the roster with free agent Russell Gage. Chris Godwin is working back from a double ligament tear suffered Dec. 19.


Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

We’re obviously assuming that Gronk plays by projecting him. Let’s just hope we get that answer before your primary drafts begin. If he’s on the field, there’s no reason to think the vet can’t deliver weekly top-12 production.

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Antonio Brown, WR UNS

1:48pm EST 12/1/21

Antonio Brown not expected to play Week 13

Bucs WR Antonio Brown (ankle) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. HC Bruce Arians said afterward that Brown "probably" won't play vs. the Falcons this weekend. It's disappointing news after Arians said last week that he was "hopeful" to get Brown back for this one. Brown should stay stashed on fantasy benches as we continue to monitor his rehab. His absence is good news for Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski.

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The Bucs are "optimistic" about TE Rob Gronkowski's chances of playing vs. the Bears tonight, according to The Athletic's Greg Auman. Gronk was a full-go in practice on Thursday and Friday before sitting out on Saturday. He and HC Bruce Arians were optimistic about Gronkowski's status throughout the week. We'll get the Bucs' inactives around 7 pm ET tonight.

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Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski (back) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game vs. the Giants. After putting in full practices on Thursday and Friday, he didn't practice at all on Saturday. It's unclear if that was a planned day off or a setback. HC Bruce Arians called Gronk a game-time decision, along with the rest of the Bucs' "questionable" players. It's a tough spot for fantasy owners with the Monday kickoff. We'll look for further updates on Gronkowski's status.

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Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski (back) was a full participant in Thursday's practice. That puts him on track to return for Monday night's game vs. the Giants. Gronk lasted just 6 snaps when he last tried to return back in Week 8, so he checks in as a risk/reward Week 11 fantasy play.

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Bucs HC Bruce Arians said in Thursday radio interview that TE Rob Gronkowski "in about 2 or 3 weeks will be back to normal." Arians also said, "I doubt it" when asked if Gronk will be able to play vs. Washington this weekend. He remains worth stashing on fantasy benches, but don't plan on having Gronkowski in Week 10 or 11 lineups.

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