A health history
Rob Gronkowski is arguably the best tight end in NFL history — physically dominant with a rare blend of power and skill that has transformed the position. But he’s also an oft-injured player, having missed more than 20 games in his NFL career because of aches, pains and surgeries.
Missed Week 5 against Tampa Bay with a thigh injury.
Following the 2017 regular season, was knocked out of the AFC Championship Game after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit.
2016: Hamstring, chest
Missed three games dealing with a hamstring injury and later a bruised sternum.
A gruesome-looking hit to his previously surgically repaired right knee against the Broncos cost him one game.
2013: Back, knee, concussion
It was a rough year. He underwent surgery in June on a fractured vertebra and missed six regular-season games. On Dec. 8 game against Cleveland, he tore both the ACL and MCL in his right knee, and also suffered a concussion on the play.
His arm has perhaps been most troublesome. He broke his left forearm in a Nov. 8 game against the Colts, forcing him to have surgery and miss five games. He returned for the final regular-season game, but broke the same arm in a January 2013 playoff game against Houston, missing the next playoff game against Baltimore.
Following the 2011 regular season, played in Super Bowl XLVI with an ankle injury suffered earlier in the AFC Championship Game.