Patriots’ Gronkowski put on IR
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.
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