Tom Brady and the Patriots offense will certainly miss Rob Gronkowski. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady and the Patriots offense will certainly miss Rob Gronkowski. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots finally got their full complement of skill players playing together Sunday against the Jets, but that only lasted roughly a quarter as Rob Gronkowski left with a back injury.

Then, on Thursday it was reported the tight end will need back surgery and is going to be out about eight weeks.

Appearing on Westwood One’s pregame show for Thursday Night Football, Tom Brady said it will be challenging without Gronkowski, but part of the NFL is overcoming adversity.

“You know, it doesn’t help losing great players,” Brady said. “To not have Gronk out there as one of our best players and most dependable, consistent players, not in the lineup makes things challenging for us, but that is what the NFL season is about. It’s about overcoming challenges. We have a lot of good players on our team that are going to need to fill the void and that is a big void left by a spectacular player in Gronk. I don’t think any of us are going to give up what we’re trying to accomplish.

“He’s such a mentally tough person. He’s physically tough. He has a great energy and spirit about him. We’re all wishing him the very best. Nobody wants Gronk not out there. Everybody wants Gronk out there every play of every game. That’s not a reality. We still have a job to do and we’re going to try and go out and do it as well as we possibly can.”

Brady said he’s spoken to Gronkowski a few times over the last couple days and said the tight end will work as hard as he can to get back as soon as possible.

“Everyone is thinking about him and what he’s gone through,” Brady said. “It’s such a physical sport. It’s hard to see people that you care about go through injuries and he’s gone through his fair share. I also know the resolve that he has and that will never change with him. He will be as determined as ever to get back and get better as soon as possible.”

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Ryan Hannable
Martellus Bennett is excited to show off his cleats this Sunday. (WEEI.com)

Martellus Bennett is excited to show off his cleats this Sunday. (WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — Injuries are not a popular discussion in the Patriots locker room, which doesn’t come as much of a surprise given who their coach is.

Before the Rob Gronkowski news this afternoon, Martellus Bennett was asked of Gronkowski’s status.

“Only thing I can control is what’s going on with my body. Cutting my grass before I cut someone else’s.” he said.

Asked to expand on his grass analogy, Bennett went way back in time.

“I don’t cut my grass, but I grew up cutting the grass all the time,” he said. “Now I’m fortunate enough — I pay to cut my grass, but then my grass only needs to be cut half the year because it’s cold in Chicago at home. Plus, they do a way better job than I did. I used to have a lawn-mowing company when I was a kid.

“But I just use that analogy because a lot of people tend to other people’s garden and never worry about the weeds in their own garden. Therefore your garden gets overflowed with weeds and your flowers die. But someone else’s flowers look great because you’re all in their business, in their soil, in their mulch, in their sh — cow manure.”

The NFL is permitting each player to wear cleats of their choice this week for its “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign. Bennett will be supporting his Uncle Smarty Foundation, but hasn’t revealed what they will look like.

“I think there’s a ton of guys doing a lot of great things in the NFL,” Bennett said. “Whether it’s Brandon Marshall with his stigma of mental health awareness or my brother [Seattle’s Michael Bennett] with obesity and getting kids to eat right. You’ve got guys [Chris Long] dealing with water issues. You’ve got guys doing all kinds of great stuff and always giving back, and they never really get the chance to highlight those things.

“There’s a lot of negative stuff in the media because negativity sells. Controversy sells. But at the same time, it would be good to get a chance for the NFL to let these guys highlight what their causes are and what they’re doing. One week is cool, but the NFL, they give themselves a month. They’ve got breast cancer awareness, and I think they only donate, like, one percent of the proceeds that they make. Most of these guys are donating well over 50, 60 percent of their proceeds back to their charitable causes.”

Added Bennett: “I’m always trying to take advantage of the NFL. They’ve been taking advantage of me for nine years now.”

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Ryan Hannable

Rob Gronkowski will reportedly need back surgery and could miss up to eight weeks. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)FOXBORO -- What the hell were the Patriots thinking?



FOXBORO — The Patriots got some good news at practice on Thursday as a few of their players who missed Wednesdays session returned.

Tom Brady (knee), Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder) and Julian Edelman (foot) all returned and were limited in the session.

Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman

FOXBORO — The Patriots got some good news at practice on Thursday as a few of their players who missed Wednesdays session returned.

Tom Brady (knee), Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder) and Julian Edelman (foot) all returned and were limited in the session.

There were two additions to the injury report as Trey Flowers was limited with a shin injury, while Woodrow Hamilton missed the practice with an illness.

For the second straight day, Nate Ebner was present, but didn’t practice with a concussion and Jordan Richards was out with a knee injury.

Missing two straight practices is not a good sign for their availability for Sunday. The Patriots special teams could need some reinforcements.

Here is the complete injury report.

DID NOT PRACTICE

TE Rob Gronkowski (back)
ST Nate Ebner (concussion)
S Jordan Richards (knee)
DL Woodrow Hamilton (shin)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
QB Tom Brady (knee)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
WR Chris Hogan (back)
ST/WR Matthew Slater (foot)
DL Trey Flowers (shin)

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Ryan Hannable

It appears Rob Gronkowski will be out for the rest of the regular season. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports)So what’s next?



FOXBORO — Want some good news from Gillette Stadium on Thursday?

A few key members of the Patriots returned to the practice field after missing Wednesdays practice.

FOXBORO — Want some good news from Gillette Stadium on Thursday?

A few key members of the Patriots returned to the practice field after missing Wednesdays practice.

Tom Brady (knee), Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder) and Julian Edelman (foot/birth of child) were spotted at Patriots practice on Thursday, which was held in shells, not full pads like they have been on past Thursdays, on the lower field behind Gillette Stadium.

There were four players missing, though: Trey Flowers, Jordan Richards, Rob Gronkowski and Woodrow Hamilton. Also, practice squad tight end Kennard Backman was not spotted as well.

(Gronkowski of course, reportedly needs back surgery.)

Nate Ebner, who didn’t practice with a concussion on Wednesday, was out on the field, but he was also spotted Wednesday, so it’s unclear if he will participate in the session.

The injury report will come out later in the day.

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — There’s reportedly some bad news for the Patriots.

According to The Buffalo News’ Vic Carucci, Rob Gronkowski will need surgery on his back after suffering a ruptured disk against the Seahawks. The report adds he’s expected to miss eight weeks after surgery in L.A.

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

FOXBORO — There’s reportedly some bad news for the Patriots.

According to The Buffalo News’ Vic Carucci, Rob Gronkowski will need surgery on his back after suffering a ruptured disk against the Seahawks. The report adds he’s expected to miss eight weeks after surgery in L.A.

Pro Football Talk adds the surgery will take place on Friday.

Eight weeks from now would be Jan. 26, which is the Thursday following the AFC title game.

Gronkowski missed the 49ers game, the game after the Seahawks game, but played seven snaps against the Jets before leaving the game.

The tight end has played in eight games and has 35 catches for 540 yards and three touchdowns this season.

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Ryan Hannable