Even after finally adding a penalty-aided touchdown, this is not what Patriots fans want to see right now.
New England has been bullied
Unfortunately, things just got a whole lot worse for the Pats. Rob Gronkowski took a horrific hit to the helmet from Jags safety Barry Church, and was visibly dazed and confused as he was helped off the field.
Church was immediately hit with a personal foul for the highly illegal hit, but it's what happened after the play that really matters.
Gronk was helped off the field, and needed Chris Hogan's help to even stand up and get off the field. He immediately went to the locker room.
Rob Gronkowski going right to the locker room. Chris Hogan needed to help Gronkowski stay up once he was standing.— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) January 21, 2018
He's questionable to return:
#Patriots injury update: Rob Gronkowski (head) is questionable to return.— New England Patriots (@Patriots) January 21, 2018
With such terrible helmet-to-helmet contact, chances are that Gronk is heading to the
concussion protocol. If not, the NFL will have a significant scandal to address in the two weeks prior to the Super Bowl.
I feel terrible for Rob Gronkowski but his balance problems were some of the clearest #concussion signs you will ever see. He is done for the day, unless the Patriots and #NFL only want to talk about the concussion protocol for the next week. Here is the hit: pic.twitter.com/vAVir1ptyX— Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. (@ChrisNowinski1) January 21, 2018
If he's able to come back to this game, it looks like it would take a miracle or a serious violation of the concussion protocol.