Rob Gronkowski’s nagging hamstring injury is causing much consternation among New England Patriots fans and fantasy football owners alike.
And if you believe Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network the injury is much worse than the Patriots are letting on. (The Patriots? Not being truthful? No way!)
“He is not himself. I had two calls yesterday,” said Garafolo. “One guy who is semi-connected to Gronk said, ‘How are you guys not paying attention? This guy is not right.’ That hamstring has not come along like they thought it was going to.”
Alber Breer of The MMQB was on the Patriots postgame show on CSN New England and had this to say, “I think there’s some real reason for concern. This is a spot where they needed him. We hear chapter and verse about how important division games are from Bill Belichick. It was a chance to bury one of the teams in your division and give yourself a three-game lead. You’ve got a rookie quarterback out there with a chance to do that. This is when you lean on a guy like Rob Gronkowski. The fact that they didn’t tells me there’s something else going on.”
None of that is good if you’re a Patriots fan. Or a fantasy football owner with Gronk on your team, apparently, because Gronkowski says now he’s being yelled at while grocery shopping.
“Man, I know, I can’t even go to the grocery store without getting yelled at,” Gronkowski joked at the end of Wednesday’s news conference. “Then why did you draft me then, baby?”
Gronkowski was asked if fantasy football owners will be getting a payback at some point.
“Hopefully,” he answered, before being asked what message he would deliver to his fantasy football owners.
“It’s real football, that’s what I’m really only worried about, is going out and getting the ‘W,'” he said. “If we get the ‘W’ and I have no catches, I’m satisfied, man.”
I suppose one catch in four games was probably not what anyone expected, especially Gronk.
Here he is talking about it at the press conference…
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If for some reason you can’t view it you can watch it here.