FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick declined to acknowledge any injury to Rob Gronkowski Monday during a 15-minute conference call with beat reporters. The tight end reportedly broke his left forearm while blocking for the eighth and final extra point of a 59-24 blowout of the Colts Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
"No. I don't really have anything on that," Belichick said. "Our medical people are looking at all of our players today when they come in and assess their situation, as they always do on Monday, catch up with them."
Gronkowski reportedly had surgery Monday morning on the left forearm and will miss 4-6 weeks of action, beginning with Thursday's night Thanksgiving game against the Jets at MetLife Stadium.
Belichick was asked about the wisdom of having Gronkowski in the game blocking for an extra point in a 34-point game, and whether Belichick has given consideration to taking Gronkowski off special teams to preserve his health since he has been listed as questionable with various injuries for several weeks.
"It's one of his roles and jobs in the game. It's an important job, whoever does it," Belichick said.
Belichick was asked about the significance of Gronkowski in the Patriots offense. He chose to focus on the team as a whole, not Gronkowski.
"I think every time get a group of players out there on the field, whatever it is, offense, defense, special teams, each person has an important job and role in fulfilling that. They're all important. Hate to see anything happen to any of them because they're all important. Everybody has to do their job for us to be successfull as a team." Belichick said.
Belichick also was non-commital on tight end Aaron Hernandez, who missed his third straight game with a recurrence of his right ankle sprain.
"I don't know. We'll have to see... later on in the week. We'll take a look at their status. Aaron falls into day-by-day [category]," Belichick said.
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