Oh, brother: No Gronk reunion vs. Indy

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Colts fullback Chris Gronkowski is out for the year after undergoing surgery.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- There was a time this season when it appeared we might be in a for a rare triple dose of Gronkowski action when the Colts and Patriots meet Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

Alas, the Patriots cut backup tight end Dan Gronkowski last month, just a short while after Colts fullback Chris Gronkowski tore a pectoral muscle, ending his season. Yes, it's been a rough stretch for the siblings of Patriots second-year tight end Rob Gronkowski.

During a conference call with the Indianapolis media on Wednesday, Gronkowski was asked about the disappointment in not being able to go up against one of his brothers on Sunday and provided a typically hilarious Gronk answer.

"Definitely a little disappointed, but [Chris] got that injury and he got that surgery, so he’s recovering well," said Rob Gronkowski. "That would have definitely been cool, because he was on kickoff and I’m on kickoff return, so I would have had an easy block there.”

Yes, even now there's plenty of sibling rivalry between the Gronkowski brothers. Just like when they were kids.

"Growing up, it was always pretty crazy around the house," said Rob Gronkowski. "[There were] always fights, and [the brothers were] always playing video games to backyard sports and everything.”

A couple days after Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he's been hard on younger players like Rob Gronkowski and fellow tight end Aaron Hernandez, Gronkowski hinted the offensive veterans have been key is his own development.

“The veteran guys here are awesome to work with," he said. "They’re great players, they work hard in practice and you love taking what they have out there. You love watching them, you love seeing how they get out of their cuts and everything, so you can take it on to your game and definitely learn from them.”