Brady says Pats’ ‘formula’ shifts with Gronkowski out

Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) lies on he ground after getting injured by a Cleveland Browns player during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots will be without tight end Rob Gronkowski going forward. He tore his ACL and MCL in Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns with a low hit from safety TJ Ward, and his season has ended early.

Quarterback Tom Brady went on the “Dennis & Callahan Show” on WEEI sports radio in Boston on Monday morning to discuss the impact the injury has on the team’s offense.

“It just shifts, you just have to find a different formula,” Brady said. “I think that’s the important part. And Gronk provides a certain margin of error because of how talented a player he is, and the other guys play different roles for us.”

The Patriots have two other tight ends on their roster,  two other tight ends on the roster, veterans Matthew Mulligan and Michael Hoomanawanui.

“We’re going to have to make due, whatever the combinations are if Gronk’s not out there, we’ve got to try to figure those out,” he noted. ”It may be different from what the game plan was with Gronk in there, but what it is, we’re just going to have figure it out.”

Topics: New England Patriots

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