Pa­tri­ots’ Gronkowski put on IR

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

foxborough, mass.» New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots all-pro tight end Rob Gronkowski was placed on in­jured re­serve af­ter hav­ing sea­son-end­ing back surgery.

Gronkowski, who had missed play­ing time ear­lier in the sea­son with a ham­string in­jury and bruised lung, left last week’s game against the New York Jets in the first half with what was de­scribed as a her­ni­ated disc in his back. He had surgery Fri­day.

The long­time NFL star played in eight games, catch­ing 25 passes for 540 yards and three touch­downs.

• Hous­ton Tex­ans de­fen­sive end Jade­veon Clowney won’t play against the Green Bay Pack­ers be­cause of el­bow and wrist in­juries.

• Kansas City Chiefs wide re­ceiver Jeremy Ma­clin will miss his fourth straight game Sun­day at At­lanta.

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