Considering his injury history, when Rob Gronkowski went down writhing in pain clutching his knee on Sunday night against the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots fans were fearing the worst.
Since then, the Patriots have moved to quell fears that their tight end is headed for a lengthy spell on the sideline by releasing their own joint statement with the Gronkowski family, stating the issue is a bone bruise/right knee sprain.
But we hadn't actually heard from the man himself - until today that is. Speaking in a video for Bleacher Report's 'Uninterrupted' series, Gronk laid down the facts for Pat Nation.
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"I just want to say, thank you to all my friends and family and fans out there for supporting me the last two days," the perennial Pro Bowler began.
"I'm thankful that it's nothing serious...I'm week-to-week, I'll be working hard to get back out on the field as soon as possible."
"When I'm 100-percent, feeling good and cleared by all the doctors, the team then that's when I'll be back. There's no timetable for that, I'll just be working hard...I promise you that."
Having seen a host of offensive talent go down with injuries in recent weeks, losing Gronkowski for a significant period of time would have been disastrous for the Patriots.
Fortunately, judging by the statement and now Gronk's own comments, it looks like the reigning Super Bowl champions are simply taking the extra-cautious route with their star man's rehab.
Sitting on a 10-1 record and a playoff berth secured, there is no reason for them to rush Gronkowski back before he is '100-percent' ready.
Patriots fans: Could you win the Super Bowl without Gronkowski? Have your say in the comments below...
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