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Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski may miss weeks with fractured ribs, sources say

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight finish Rob Gronkowski has fractured ribs that threaten to sideline him for weeks, sources advised ESPN on Saturday.

Gronkowski didn’t journey with the Buccaneers to Foxborough, Massachusetts, for Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the New England Patriots due to the impact that flying may have on his harm.

“We held out hope all week that Gronk can be prepared,” a staff supply advised ESPN. “He is a unique breed.”

Gronkowski suffered the harm throughout Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams however returned to complete the sport. Initially, the Buccaneers and Gronkowski didn’t assume the harm was as extreme because it turned out to be, and X-rays of Gronkowski’s ribs taken after the sport got here again destructive.

However additional MRI testing throughout the week revealed the fractures not discovered on the X-rays, which don’t present hairline fractures.

Gronkowski didn’t apply Wednesday or Thursday and was noticed solely stretching throughout Friday’s apply. The Buccaneers had listed him as uncertain on Friday earlier than downgrading him to out Saturday.

“He made progress however not sufficient,” coach Bruce Arians advised ESPN’s Jenna Laine on Saturday.

After touring to New England this weekend, the Buccaneers host Miami, play at Philadelphia on a Thursday evening after which return dwelling for Chicago earlier than a highway recreation at New Orleans and their Nov. 7 bye.

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