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Lucic on Gronkowski ankle sprain: “He’s going to have a tough summer recovering from that thing”

Feb 2, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

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One of the big stories from Super Bowl week has been the status of New England TE Rob Gronkowski’s injured ankle. Gronk, who set a single-season TD record for tight ends this year, suffered a high-ankle sprain in the AFC Championship against Baltimore and has been on the limp ever since.

So who better to provide insight than a fellow New England sports icon that’s suffered the same injury — Boston Bruins winger Milan Lucic!

“I really do feel for him,” said Lucic, who dealt with a high ankle sprain for much of 2009-10. “You can tell he’s one of the toughest guys around to be able to walk around with no boot already.

“He’s going to have a tough summer recovering from that thing, but it’s good he only has to deal with it for one game, even though it is such a big game.”

Lucic seemed confident that Gronkowski would be able to play through the pain.

“I think he’ll definitely contribute even with that [injury],” Lucic said. “He’ll do whatever he can to make sure he can contribute. I’m sure he’ll come up big when they need him to.”

Lucic rolled his ankle in Nov. 2009 after getting tangled with Minnesota’s Marek Zidlicky and ended up missing 32 games, posting career lows in assists, plus-minus and power-play goals. It took him an entire offseason to get back to full strength, though Lucic notes high-ankle sprains affect football and hockey players quite differently.

“It’s a lot different, running vs. skating,” Lucic said. “It’s the worst possible leg injury, other than obviously like a torn ACL, that you can have for skating.

“All I remember was that it was such a nagging injury and that it almost made you feel feeble down there.”

/giggles uncontrollably

  1. solador78 - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    The last time something nagged Lucic, she ended-up plastered on the sidewalk and the cops had to show up.

    • odj810 - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      Well played haha. I even laughed and he’s a top 5 favorite player

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Gronk and Lucic are two guys on two of the most hated teams in their leagues that just have to have your respect if you’re a fan of the sport. They don’t whine or complain, they’re tough and they give 120% all the time. You can’t not like that type of athlete.

    • pastabelly - Feb 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

      Gronk’s popularity in New England right now is off the charts. He seems to be a bit of an airhead just going out there and playing and having a great time. By the way, teams that suck aren’t hated. I’m glad that people hate our teams in New England.

      • guypatsfan - Feb 4, 2012 at 10:10 AM

        We New Englanders love our teams, and we don’t give a damn about anyone else’s opinions. pastabelly is right! This is the kind of hate you have to earn, and we’ve earned it.

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