FOXBORO – Word is, Rob Gronkowski’s got a high ankle sprain.
Well, at least, that’s what his father said.
Gordy Gronkowski told a Buffalo TV station Friday morning that the Patriots tight end has a high ankle sprain – a far more serious injury than what previously was assumed – but he will play in Super Bowl XLVI against the Giants.
Gronkowski, who sprained his left ankle in the AFC championship win over Baltimore, missed his second practice Friday -- the first pads practice of the week.
The Patriots have yet to disclose the extent of the injury and Gronkowski – like all other injured players on Bill Belichick teams -- has not been in the locker room all week.
Gronkowski was the only Patriot who did not practice today and was listed as “questionable” on the projected injury report (which the team is required to release).
According to the Boston Globe, the tight end may require a scope to clean up the injury after the Super Bowl.
Few players in the locker room wanted to discuss Gronkowski’s injury or any hypotheticals about having to play without him in nine days.
“You know, the thing is, everyone has to do their job,” said wide receiver Deion Branch. “I’m going to go out and do my job, everybody else is going to do their job. …We don’t know what’s what. Nobody knows the status of anybody. We have a week left and we’re going to move forward. Whatever the game plan is, we’re going to go out and execute it.”
When informed that Daddy Gronk was one the one who spilled the beans, Branch couldn’t help but laugh.
“That’s what his dad said?” he asked, in between giggles. “When did he say that? For real? That’s good. I guess he knows. I don’t know. I don’t know what Gronk has.”
Though it’s way too early to predict Gronkowski’s status for the Super Bowl, high ankle sprains require far more time to heal than a regular sprain. Last year, Steelers Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey was forced to miss the Super Bowl in Dallas after suffering a high ankle sprain in the AFC championship against the Jets two weeks prior.
Here’s the rest of the Patriots injury report…
Branch (knee), OT Marcus Cannon (ankle), S Patrick Chung (knee), LB Dane Fletcher (thumb), S James Ihedigbo (shoulder), DL Kyle Love (ankle), G Logan Mankins (knee), LB Rob Ninkovich (hip), LB Brandon Spikes (knee), OT Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot), WR Wes Welker (knee) and LB Tracy White (abdoment) were limited in Friday’s practice.
All were listed as questionable.