Barry Church defends hit on Rob Gronkowski


Church and cornerback A.J. Bouye both reacted to the officiating after the game, and former Pro-Bowl safety Ryan Clark defended Church's hit that knocked Gronkowski out of the game. The Patriots went on to score a touchdown on the drive but trailed 14-10.

Gronkowski stayed down on the ground for a bit, with CBS's Tony Romo noting that Gronkowski looked "wobbly" as he got up. If he would have went low, which we've seen done to Rob Gronkowski many times over the middle, I remember T.J. Ward years back hitting him low and hurting his knee, everyone was in an uproar about T.J. Ward being a dirty player and trying to take Gronk out. It appeared he needed to be steadied by a teammate as he wobbled. The Jaguars were flagged for 15 yards due to unnecessary roughness.

Concussion protocol is a weird thing for NFLers nowadays.

The concussion now puts Gronk's status for the Super Bowl in some doubt.

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At the start of the fourth quarter, the team announced Gronkowski would be out for the remainder of the game. No. 2 tight end Dwayne Allen stepped into his role at the end of the second quarter and into the second half. When really he was trying to play within the confines of the rule. "It certainly doesn't always play out the way that you wanted it to or that you had hoped to or designed it to, but that happens in every game". He never returned to the game and entered the dreaded concussion protocol.

Will Gronkowski be ready in two weeks for the Super Bowl? "We can't take anything away from the Patriots they simply made more plays than we did". The collision forced the Patriots tight end into the concussion protocol, but one of the NFL's premier defensive backs took to Twitter to offer some context.

Patriots fans leaving Sunday's game had faith.