The New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski, one the NFL's most gifted players on offense, broke his left forearm on Sunday during an extra point attempt with 3:55 left in his team's 59-24 blowout of the Indianapolis Colts. His is a significant injury. The Washington Post reported that Gronkowski's arm will require between four and six weeks of recovery time.
That's bad news for the Patriots, of course: He's been an integral part of the Patriots' explosive offense, so his absence could hurt the defending AFC champions down the stretch of a very competitive football season. But it didn't have to be this way. Bill Belichick risked Gronkowski's health by playing him long after the outcome of Sunday's game had been decided.