Belichick on Gronkowski's lungs: Injury report on Wednesday


Bill Belichick wasn't itching to get into the status of tight end Rob Gronkowski's chest injury during a conference call on Tuesday.

"I don’t have anything to add," he said. "The players aren’t in today so we’ll put a report out Wednesday after we practice and see what happens on Wednesday."

It was reported by NFL Media on Monday night that Gronkowski had what was believed to be a punctured lung. ESPN later issued a report of its own, saying that Gronkowski's chest injury was not a punctured lung, adding it was "not overly serious."

Gronkowski had to be removed briefly from his team's loss to the Seahawks after taking a hard hit from Seattle safety Earl Thomas. The Patriots tight end finished the game with three catches for 56 yards.

Almost as soon as he left the game, fellow tight end Martellus Bennett became more involved in the passing game. He ended up with seven grabs for 102 yards. 

"He’s done a good job for us all year," Belichick said of Bennett. "He’s a big target, smart, very experienced in the passing game. I know we have a lot of confidence in him."

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