New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski may be missing some more time this season.
According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Patriots believe Gronkowski may have suffered a punctured lung after taking a huge hit from Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas during Week 10.
It's believed that Gronkowski may only miss one game.
The hit, which Gronkowski later called, "probably one of the hardest I've got hit in my career," occurred in the second quarter after Gronkowski attempted to catch a pass while going across the middle of the field.
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: NFL players Tom Brady (L) and Rob Gronkowski attend the 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 4: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski yells to fans during the New England Patriots victory parade on February 4, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 01: Rob Gronkowski attends Black Rock Thoroughbreds Presents 5th Annual Fillies & Stallions Sponsored By Red Bull And Tito's Vodka on May 1, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 09: New England Patriots football player Rob Gronkowski throws a Clipper color football to the fans during a time out in the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on March 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 89-76. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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While going for the ball, Thomas nailed Gronkowski in his chest, sending both players flying to the ground. Gronkowski appeared woozy after the hit and was taken to the sideline to be checked for concussion. He later checked back in after sitting for five plays and played the rest of the game.
Gronkowski continued after the game, saying, "It was a good, clean hit. Nothing against it. ...It's a little tough to breathe, but once it comes back, you're good."
The Patriots will be in okay hands if Gronkowski does miss time, with tight end Martellus Bennett also on the roster. It would be the third time in five seasons that Gronkowski has missed at least three games in a season (he missed the first two games this season with a hamstring injury).
Watch the hit below:
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