New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had screws inserted into his broken forearm yesterday morning and says he hopes to return in three to four weeks when the team takes on the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers in back-to-back games, reports Albert Breer of NFL.com.
Gronkowski had screws inserted in his forearm at MGH this AM. He'll want to play during that Texans-Niners turn. That'd be awfully quick.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 19, 2012
While this may be Gronk’s desired timeframe, it’s been reported that a more likely period for recover is four to six weeks. The dynamic tight end sustained the injury Sunday during an extra-point attemptlate in the Patriots’ romp over the Indianapolis Colts.
With their upcoming game on Thanksgiving Day, the Patriots released a Monday injury report. While they didn’t hold practice yesterday, they did indicate who they believe would and wouldn’t have participated.
Wide receivers Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd and tight end Aaron Hernandez continue to be listed as limited in practice. Welker and Lloyd were able to play against the Colts, and while Hernandez was sidelined again due to an ankle injury, he could return Thursday against the New York Jets.