Re: I'm no doc. but could Gronk's career be in jeopardy?
posted at 1/14/2013 4:34 PM EST
In response to TheExaminer's comment:
I don't get it. Are his bones made of plaster of paris? LOL... Seriously though, the way he landed didn't look that bad. He's landed like that a thousand times in his life. After 8 weeks, it's hard to believe that the bone was still that fragile. It could be he broke it in a different place. Remember in 1997 when Jerry Rice tore up his knee and they said he'd be out a whole year? He healed up, and came back in December for a Monday night game against Denver. He was just fine, no problem with the ligament, but while sliding to catch a touchdown pass he landed on his knee and fractured the knee cap. Same knee, but a new injury completely unrelated to the first one. Niners won that game, but that was the last game Denver lost that year. Went on to win the SB against GB.
i made some detailed posts about this yesterday in a gronk thread. bones are living things. they repond to what we do, like muscles. even with weight bearing usage, which normall causes thickening, poor nutrition greatly impact the quality and density. i posed a question about his nutrition over the last few years at least.
and re the break, given the pain he was in even last week and the way he carried it, seems like it was a complicated break and not fully healed. ie may have shattered teh bone with the initial injury. and that be why it was taking so long to heal.
with time, nutriton and exercise bone will normally restore as strong as or stronger than before a break. in compliocated breaks drs will often insert, screws, rods or plates. sometimes in these cases drs recommend they stay in forever. in my expoerience this can be ;ess than ideal for health.
long and short, while it may take an extended period, i summize that gronks arm will eventually be full go and ready for contact. now his mind may take longer to adjust to being ok with it getting hit than the arm will.