FOXBOROUGH — Tight end Rob Gronkowski has not yet had surgery to repair his right knee, though it will likely happen around the beginning of the new year.
NFL.com reported on Monday that tests have shown no dislocation of the knee for Gronkowski, who was injured against Cleveland Dec. 8 when he was hit by Browns safety T.J. Ward after a third-quarter catch.
Gronkowski does have tears of both the ACL and MCL, but surgery has been delayed while swelling in the affected area subsides. NFL.com reported that it is expected that Gronkowski will undergo surgery in about two weeks, and that it will be performed by renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews.
Gronkowski should be ready for the start of the 2014 season, the report said.
On Monday, a photo of Gronkowski surfaced online, though it’s a far different photo than what we’ve become accustomed to seeing from the fun-loving player: wearing a Kansas State hoodie (his younger brother plays there) and riding a motorized scooter in a local Whole Foods market, Gronkowski posed for a photo with two young boys.
Making his point
Tom Brady’s postgame press conference lasted all of 72 seconds Sunday, but the Patriots’ signal-caller opted to dig deeper into the 24-20 loss during his weekly appearance on WEEI Monday morning.
While he was frustrated about the missed opportunity to win the AFC East, Brady said he wants to see the team win without having to rely on a last-minute drive, which has become a recurring trend.
“If we could score more points and make it tougher on the other team, it won’t always have to come down to a last-second play,” Brady said. “We’ve made plenty of them this year, which has been great. [Sunday] we were right on the cusp of doing it there again. We just didn’t quite do enough.”
Later in the interview, Brady added, “We just all have to do a better job, because our margin of error is very slim. We can’t make any mistakes or give them any opportunities. If we have plays that are there to be made, then I’ve got to throw it and hit it.”
No word on Solder
Bill Belichick did not have an update on left tackle Nate Solder, who left Sunday’s game in the fourth quarter with what the team termed a head injury.
“It looked like he got either kicked or kneed or something at the end of the play down there in the fourth quarter,’’ Belichick said.
Solder suffered a concussion a week earlier against the Browns. He cleared concussion protocol and traveled to the game; a couple of hours before kickoff, he was on the field working out under the eye of team doctor Thomas Gill and strength and conditioning coach Harold Nash.
He started the game in his customary left tackle spot before leaving in the second half. Logan Mankins slid over from left guard to take his place, and rookie Josh Kline played at left guard.
Solder also had a concussion last postseason.
Belichick declined to comment when asked if Solder joined the team on the flight home from Miami; it is sometimes not advised for someone dealing with a concussion to fly.