The Boston Herald is a bit bipolar in its Gronkoverage of the Patriots tight end, who broke his arm on a meaningless play in Sunday’s rout of the Indianapolis Colts.
(Front page: THE GRONK CRISIS. Back page: GOTTA MOVE ON.)
But the feisty local tabloid is absolutely sure that the Gronkastrophe deserves four full pages in today’s edition.
Start with this Duh! headline in the news section:
Doctors: Best play is to let it fully heal
Despite the public clamor and Rob Gronkowski’s obvious determination to return as soon as he can from a broken forearm, the general consensus from medical professionals is that the 23-year-old All-Pro tight end should err on the side of caution — even if it means missing the start of the playoffs.
Dr. David Forsh, chief of orthopedic trauma at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, said that Gronkowski could potentially be sidelined up to eight weeks. Even when the tight end gets his cast off, he could be delayed with more rehabilitation to get his range of motion and strength back.
“The concern with these fractures is not how soon they heal, which is normally about 6-8 weeks, but when he’d be able to return to play,” Forsh said. “It really depends on how he does with his rehab and how quickly he heals it.”
The print edition has a swell illustration with all kinds of medical claptrap to obsess over.
Then there’s this piece on the facing page:
Patriots must break the mold in life minus Gronkowski
All-Pro tight end’s absence won’t be filled by just one player
FOXBORO — Sunday afternoon, Rob Gronkowski ran over, around and past hapless Colts players, debilitating Indy with his full arsenal of skill, brawn and athleticism.
Today, those are mere highlights to a Patriots [team stats] team and fan base that now must bear life without their All-World tight end.
Gronkowski had successful surgery yesterday morning and had a metal plate inserted into his broken left forearm. He told people Sunday night that he would miss 4-6 weeks, according to sources, and a separate source said he would miss “a few weeks” after yesterday’s procedure. Unless there’s a drastic change, those sources all believe he’ll be back for the playoffs.
Then it’s on to the sports section for two more pages of coverage, starting with this Ron Borges column:
No ‘extra’ work needed
Silly to play Gronkowski on special teams
FOXBORO – The argument that Rob Gronkowski should not have been on the field when he broke his forearm blocking for an extra point because his team was leading by 34 points Sunday is a specious one.
The argument that he should not be blocking for extra points and field goals at any time is not.
And then finish it all off with this Gerry Callahan piece:
No Gronk? Next man up
While fans gnash teeth, Pats shrug off injury and move on
The news broke one hour and 43 minutes after the forearm did. From the parking lots to the private boxes, from barrooms to living rooms, Patriots [team stats] fans were in a panic.
Did you hear? Gronk was down. Gronk was out.
The news was bad, real bad: Gronk broke.
Just like the hardreading staff’s patience with this story.
Regardless, we dutifully trundled crosstown to the Boston Globe to see if they’d developed more of a sense of urgency than they exhibited yesterday.
And indeed they had:
Can we go now?