Around The NFL: Gronk Hurt Again, All-Day Rips Fans And Refs, Longest Field Goal Record Broken
By Danny Cox
Sometimes it just seems as if particular players are doomed for either bad play or bad teams or just overall bad luck. On Sunday, there were a few injuries that could seriously change the immediate future of the players and their teams. And one Patriot saw another bad turn to his career that may affect his future in the game. Not all news was bad through, as one Bronco broke a record that has been on the books since 1970.
Pats’ Rob Gronkowski has possible ACL tear
New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski may have the worst luck in the NFL as he possibly has a torn ACL in his right knee. The injury happened during the team’s win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, and he will undergo an MRI on Monday to see exactly what the damage is.
The Patriots already believe that Gronk has torn his ACL and will be gone for the rest of the season. The tight end was taken to the hospital when the injury occurred so that he could have it observed and evaluated.
Vikes Adrian Peterson gets injured – Rips referees and Ravens fans
The Minnesota Vikings lost a heartbreaker to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday by a score of 29-26, but there was a lot more that went down during the game. Running back Adrian Peterson sprained his foot in the loss, but that wasn’t his biggest concern as he had words for both the referees and the fans of the Ravens.
Peterson said that Baltimore has “got the worst fans in the NFL.” The Pro Bowl back said that they were “throwing snowballs the entire fourth quarter, like kids.” The fans weren’t his only complaint though.
Peterson also said that “some of the calls that were made, you just went, ‘Wow. I can’t believe that was called.’” He stated that he didn’t blame the Ravens because they don’t make the calls, but he was not happy with how things went in the game.
Matt Prater breaks long-time NFL record that has stood since 1970
Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos was a small part of the huge 51-28 win that the team had over the Tennessee Titans, but it was big for a very important reason. On Sunday, Prater hit a 64-yard field goal to close out the first half, and it was a record that has stood since 1970, but has been matched by three others in history.
The field goal distance record was originally put in place by New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey who hit it in 1970. It was matched by Jason Elam in 1998, Sebastian Janikowski in 2011, and David Akers in 2012.
It was Prater’s 20th kick of at least 50 yards that he has made in his career.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. Danny is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.