January 15, 2013

Patriots carry on without Gronk

Rob Gronkowski has surgery again after breaking his arm in Sunday's playoff win against the Houston Texans.

By HOWARD ULMAN / The Associated Press

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Rob Gronkowski played just seven snaps Sunday against the Houston Texans before leaving with another broken arm.

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Danny Woodhead played in just the opening series in Sunday’s playoff game against Houston before leaving with an injured thumb. Coach Bill Belichick did not reveal how much Woodhead would be used against the Ravens.

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WHO: Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Gillette Stadium


AT STAKE: Spot in the Super Bowl Feb. 3 in New Orleans



The Patriots and Ravens have played nine times, with the Patriots leading the series 7-2 and outscoring the Ravens 234-193. The teams have met twice in the playoffs, with each team winning once.

Sept. 23, 2012: Ravens 31, Patriots 30

*Jan. 22, 2012: Patriots 23, Ravens 20

Oct. 17, 2010: Patriots 23, Ravens 20, OT

**Jan. 10, 2010: Ravens 33, Patriots 14

Oct. 4, 2009: Patriots 27, Ravens 21

Dec. 3, 2007: Patriots 27, Ravens 24

Nov. 28, 2004: Patriots 24, Ravens 3

Jan. 2, 2000: Patriots 20, Ravens 3

Oct. 6, 1996: Patriots 46, Ravens 38

* AFC championship game

** AFC wild-card game

But Gronkowski is the Patriots' most important offensive player after Brady. He was hampered by a high left ankle sprain in last year's Super Bowl and made just two catches in the Patriots' 21-17 loss to the New York Giants.

But he rarely leaves the field when healthy.

He participated in 92 percent of the offensive snaps in the first 10 games this season. He played all 83 snaps in a 31-30 loss to Baltimore in the third game, and all 97 in a 31-21 win over the Denver Broncos in the fifth game, according to profootballfocus.com.

On Sunday, Gronkowski played just seven snaps then went to the bench with a look of pain on his face. He soon went to the locker room with team physician Dr. Thomas Gill. After the game, Belichick said he wasn't sure whether Gronkowski had broken his arm and that the player had received medical clearance to play.

He declined to elaborate in a conference call Monday.

Asked if Gronkowski was "100 percent" for the game, Belichick said, "I covered that yesterday. He was cleared medically. I don't have anything to add to it."

The offensive staff will get a new member when Brian Daboll is added as an assistant. Belichick said Daboll, the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs under fired coach Romeo Crennel, would join the staff "going forward, similar to what Josh did last year but without any specific responsibility."

McDaniels joined the Patriots as an offensive assistant before their first playoff game last year after serving as offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams. McDaniels then officially took over as New England offensive coordinator when his predecessor, Bill O'Brien, became coach at Penn State.

Daboll was a defensive assistant with the Patriots from 2000-2001 and wide receivers coach from 2002-2006.

He was quarterbacks coach for the New York Jets from 2007-2008 before becoming offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns for two years and the Miami Dolphins and Chiefs for one year each.


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