Injury Report: Gronk suffered concussion

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) is hit by Jacksonville Jaguars safety Barry Church (42) as he breaks up a pass during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered a concussion due to a hard hit he took in the AFC Championship game, according to an injury report released late Wednesday afternoon.

While the team did not practice Wednesday, Gronk wouldn't have practiced due to his condition.

Gronk was hit by Jacksonville Jaguars safety Barry Church as he broke up a pass during the first half of Sunday's game.

During interviews with Sports Team 10, several players were mum about Gronk's status. They instead said they are just focused on the Super Bowl.

"You know, obviously guys have to handle their own business and take care of all the logistics and hopefully you can do that as quickly as possible so that you can move on to what is the most important thing for this team," said wide receiver Chris Hogan. "We have a job to do and that's to get ready to play the Eagles and go out there and win a football game."

Danny Amendola, another wide receiver, shared similar sentiments.

"It's all football time," he said.

Meanwhile, NBC 10 News visited St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford to talk to brain surgeon Matthew Philips of Southcoast Health about recovery from a concussion.

"There's a very straight forward, standardized series of evaluations that you go through and really has to do with your level of symptomatology," Philips said, also noting that everyone is somewhat different. "You can get a really good sense, particularly after the first 48 to 72 hours after concussion, what the length of the time of recovery is going to be."

Though the team may now know that, Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn't get into it during a press conference Wednesday.

"Whatever the situation is, whatever his status is, we'll put it on the injury report. We'll make sure you're the first one to get it," Bel

But the extra week off certainly seems to help. Philips said once the symptoms go away, it's a day by buildup of activity from light to heavy exercise to full contact.

"Most adults who sustain concussion in sports related injuries will resolve entirely within 10 to 14 days," he said.

That said, Philips doesn't want to armchair quarterback -- or diagnose.

"I hope he's ready to play," he said.

The Patriots play the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis on Feb. 4. It's unclear if Gronk will participate.

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