In an expected move, the New England Patriots have placed
tight end Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve, according to Josh Alper of Pro
Football Talk. Gronkowski reinjured his left arm during last Sunday’s win over
the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional round.
It was reported yesterday that the injury Gronkowski
sustained last weekend is to a different part of his arm than the initial break
that caused him to miss five games earlier this season. The tight end underwent
surgery on Monday, and while he’ll miss the remainder of the playoffs, he
should be good to go by the time the 2013 season begins.
Moving Gronkowski to IR provides the Patriots with an extra
roster spot they will fill before taking on the Baltimore Ravens this weekend.
Alper notes that New England could add a defensive end as insurance against the
injured Chandler Jones, who was once again limited at practice Thursday.
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