New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has taken issue with Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr.'s comments to "hit him in his knees" as the teams prepare for the Sunday's AFC Championship Game.
When asked during an ESPN's "SportsCenter" interview Tuesday for the best way to defend Gronkowski, Harris said:
"You gotta hit him low, man. Hit him in his knees. That's the best chance you got of hitting him."
Gronkowski, who has a history of knee problems, responded on Twitter and posted a comment Tuesday night that many consider funny but a double entendre.
Heard their whole team is good at giving low blows 😜🏈 https://t.co/nDOsOwkvki— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) January 19, 2016
Gronkowski's Twitter response has been retweeted more than 47,000 times.
The Broncos retweeted the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Pro Bowler's post and then later tweeted, "The low down on defending @Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski," with a video breaking down the challenges of defending him.
Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL in 2013 when he took a direct hit to his right knee from then-Cleveland Browns and current Broncos safety T.J. Ward. When the Patriots and Broncos met in Week 12 on Nov. 29 in Denver, Gronkowski hurt his right knee again, this time on a low hit from defensive back Darian Stewart. The injury appeared more serious at the time, but Gronkowski missed only one game.
Gronkowski got off to a fast start in the divisional-round 27-20 playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs last Saturday. He caught a 32-yard completion on the Patriots' second third-down play. That drive ended with his own 8-yard touchdown catch to open the scoring. After missing a couple of practice days last week, Gronkowski wasn't slowed by the back and knee injuries he has been dealing with this season.
Gronkowski finished with seven catches for 83 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Chiefs.