With the New England Patriots predictably less than informative about tight end Rob Gronkowski's left ankle, the news was bound to get out somehow, and it may have come from an unexpected source.
Rob Gronkowski's father, Gordy Gronkowski, told Buffalo television station WIVB that his son has a high ankle sprain. Gordy Gronkowski is not a doctor. But he obviously keeps in close contact with his son, and there is a solid chance Rob Gronkowski informed his father of the nature of his injury.
The Patriots are holding the Pro Bowl tight end out of practice this week and only saying he's making progress. Gordy Gronkowski said he believes his son will play. But if he's accurate, high-ankle sprains can take 2-4 weeks to recover and puts Rob Gronkowski's status in question.
Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey suffered a high ankle sprain before last year's Super Bowl and wasn't able to play. Will Rob Gronkowski be different?
I'd be absolutely shocked if he didn't play, even with the high ankle sprain.
I'm relatively certain he'll try to play with two weeks rest. The bitch about a high ankle sprain is there's really nowhere to shoot it up to numb it. So basically you end up going with a foot you can't feel. Really difficult to move effectively.