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Fans worried about Gronkowski injury impacts

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By Mike LaCrosse

Patriot fans are worried about what Rob Gronkowski's injury means for the post season.  Gronk torn his ACL/MCL during Sunday's game against the Browns.

"It's hard to watch.  He is such a big part of that offense and loosing him is not good," said Michael O'Brien.

"Not again, you know it's almost expected now," said Brian Kingsford.

Monday, the Patriots officially put Gronkowski on the injured reserve list.

"You saw what happened when he started clicking with Brady again, the offense started going up.  It's gonna be tough," said John Vecchione.

"I know they did well with Edelman, but besides that I am worried," said Mindy Vecchione.

Orthopedic Surgeon Matthew Plante of Foundry Sports Medicine in Providence was at Sunday's game.  He witnessed the hit and knew right away what it would be.  Dr. Plante isn't treating Gronk, but says torn ALC and MCL's are common among athletes.

"The ACL is a ligament in the part of the knee and it provides stability to the knee particularly with cutting or twisting.  The MCL is on the inner part of the knee towards the inside and also helps provide some stability as well," said Dr. Plante.

He says a typical recovery is about six months.  That includes surgery and physical therapy.

It's unclear what options Gronkowski will take or how long his recovery will last.

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