Report: Gronkowski suffers what's believed to be a punctured lung

Report: Gronkowski suffers what's believed to be a punctured lung

FOXBORO -- Rob Gronkowski admitted that he took one of the hardest hits of his career on Sunday night, and it may have done more than leave him feeling sore on Monday morning.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Patriots tight end suffered what is believed to be a punctured lung against the Seahawks, and he could miss time as a result.

Gronkowski absorbed a huge blow from Seattle safety Earl Thomas in the second quarter when quarterback Tom Brady sent a pass over the middle intended for the 6-foot-6, 265-pounder. Thomas broke up the play by running full speed into Gronkowski, leading with his shoulder and contacting Gronkowski's chest. 

Gronkowski was tended to by Patriots medical personnel before coming off of the field. He missed five plays while being evaluated for a concussion before returning to action on the same drive. 

"That was a big hit for sure," Gronkowski said after the game. "Probably one of the hardest I've got hit in my career for sure. [It was] by a good player, a good, fast player who's like a missile. It was a good, clean hit. Nothing against it. I took it and it just knocked the wind out of me a little bit, that's all. 

"If you're ever gotten the wind knocked out of you, you know what that feels like. Just down for about a minute or two. It's a little tough to breathe, but once it comes back, you're good."

Gronkowski finished the day with three catches for 56 yards, and he was Brady's intended target on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line.

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.