New England Patriots receive devastating injury news Elsa/Getty Images
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots speaks to Rob Gronkowski #87 after a first quarter touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski’s back injury is worse than initially anticipated and the star tight end is reportedly slated to have back surgery on Friday:

Gronkowski, Brady’s top weapon, has missed a chunk of the season with a hamstring injury. His latest injury is devastating to the Patriots, but only increases the reliance on tight end Martellus Bennett and wideout Malcolm Mitchell:

Here’s where Gronk suffered the lung injury, and possibly the back injury:

Over his career, Gronk has suffered a fractured vertebra, broken forearm, torn ACL, sprained ankle and back strain. Arguably the best tight end in NFL history is probably one of the more injury-prone as well.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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