Sunday was a very emotional day for New England Patriots fans. Not only did they watch their team’s hopes at an undefeated season get dashed with an overtime loss to the Denver Broncos, they also saw their prized tight end Rob Gronkowski go down with what appeared to be an extremely painful knee injury.
The Patriots’ offense is already depleted — with top targets Dion Lewis, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola all currently out of the lineup — and Gronkowski has had plenty of issues with serious injuries to his joints in the past, so it’s understandable that New England fans would be extremely nervous about Gronk’s status, especially considering how significant it looked immediately afterwards. Injuries that require players to be carted off the field don’t typically end well.
Not all that surprisingly, concerned fans helped start the hashtag #PrayForGronk on social media in the immediate aftermath of the knee injury, and things got very interesting.