The New England Patriots announced that they have placed TE Rob Gronkowski on the season-ending injured reserve.
- New England has also announced that they have re-signed TE D.J. Williams. Williams was expected to sign with the Patriots upon the results of Gronkowski’s MRI.
- Florio adds that the MRI also revealed damage to his MCL as well, but he may not need to undergo surgery to repair the MCL damage.
Gronkowski is obviously done for the season following the hit to his knee from Browns S T.J. Ward.
- According to ESPN doctor Michael Kaplan, Gronkowski will be out eight to nine months and possibly an entire year, per Adam Schefter.
Last year, Gronkowski underwent numerous forearm surgeries and a back procedure, so he has really been through a lot in fairly short span of time.
There is no question that this is a major blow to New England’s offense, even if the MRI doesn’t show any signs of an ACL tear. The Patriots barely won Sunday’s game against the Browns so without Gronkowski, they will have to rely on Michael Hoomanawanui and Matthew Mulligan at tight end.
- Jason Cole reports that a Gronkowski ACL tear is “99 percent certain.”
Gronkowski will undergo an MRI on Monday to confirm the extent of his injury, but all indications are that it’s likely of the season-ending variety.
Following a hit to his knee from Browns S T.J. Ward, Gronkowski was carted off the field and taken to a hospital for evaluation.