The 2016 NFL Preseason week 2 is upon us, and Patriots’ tight end sensation Rob Gronkowski may be sitting it out. On Monday, Gronkowski was practicing 7-on-7 drills with Tom Brady and was seen walking on the sideline after the play. Head Patriots’ athletic trainer Jim Whalen approached Gronkowski and the duo made their way to the lower practice field where people who are rehabilitating injuries can be found; the pair then retreated to the locker room. Rob Gronkowski was held out of practice on Tuesday but whatever was bothering him seems to be minor. As the week progresses, we will know if he will play on Thursday.
Sounds like whatever caused #Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski to pull up at practice is as minor as it seemed. No worries.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 16, 2016
This isn’t the first injury scare that Rob Gronkowski has had as of late; he missed most of the NFL off-season due to a pectoral injury. We should have known something was going to go awry once Gronkowski made the front cover of the latest Madden game. Folklore is entrenched in our society and it’s no exception when it comes to sports; The Curse of the Bambino plagued Major League Baseball, The Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx has made victims of athletes from all sports around, and The Madden Curse has affected NFL players for over 15 years.
NFL fullback Peyton Hills had a stellar year with the Cleveland Browns in 2011 when he rushed for 1,117 yards and made 11 touchdowns. Because of his breakout NFL season, Hills made the video game cover in 2012 and his following season was abysmal. He missed a lot of the NFL season because of hamstring injuries, a sprained hip, and strep throat. He finished that NFL season with only 577 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Other players to suffer The Madden Curse include Ray Lewis, Michael Vick, Vince Young, Brett Favre, and many others. Now with injuries received during the off-season and an injury scare on Monday, many people are wondering if Rob Gronkowski is next on the list. But in all seriousness, Gronkowski could have a stellar NFL season because he is a beast and after all, curses aren’t real—right?
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Folklore aside, the 2016 NFL preseason week 1 is in the history books and all eyes are now focused on week 2. All games listed below are in the p.m. and Eastern Standard Time.
Thursday, August 18
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 7:00
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Detroit Lions 7:30
Atlanta Falcons vs. Cleveland Browns 8:00
Oakland Raiders vs. Green Bay Packers 8:00
Chicago Bears vs. New England Patriots 8:00
Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks 10:00
Friday, August 19
New York Jets vs. Washington Redskins 7:30
Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys 8:00
Arizona Cardinals vs. San Diego Chargers 9:00
Saturday, August 20
Carolina Panthers vs. Tennessee Titans 3:00
New York Giants vs. Buffalo Bills 4:00
Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts 7:00
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars 7:30
New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans 8:00
San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos 9:00
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Rams 9:00
The 2016 NFL preseason week 2 features 16 games that will help tie fans over until the regular season begins.
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