Rob Gronkowski suffered would have appeared to be a serious ankle injury in the New England Patriots win over the Ravens last weekend. Considering the Patriots history of vague injury disclosure, the speculation would be that this is a high ankle sprain. This injury would have allowed him to return as he did late in the game with support, although his production was limited to a blocking role. Reports are that he left the stadium in a walking boot which is fairly standard procedure for any foot or ankle injury to create stability and control inflammation, so don't read too much into those reports. As did Dwight Freeney in the Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl a few years back where a significant ankle injury occurred in the game before the championship, regular treatment and rehabilitation should allow him to participate in a fairly high level on Super Bowl Sunday in Indianapolis. The damage to the ligaments which provide the stability in the ankle are stretched and partially torn in this type of injury and speed and mobility are typically affected. The taping procedure done provides the stability that the damaged ligaments cannot, but normal ankle motion is lost as a result reducing speed and ability to cut and change direction. Gronkowski has enough tools to overcome some of these losses and should play a significant role in the Patriots quest for this season's top prize.