Pa­tri­ots’ Gronkowski to un­dergo back surgery Fri­day

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FOXBOR­OUGH, MASS. | Rob Gronkowski’s sea­son is likely over.

The New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots tight end was sched­uled to have surgery Fri­day for a her­ni­ated disk in his lower back, the team said in a state­ment Thursday night.

The team said it doesn’t ex­pect Gronkowski to be able to re­turn this sea­son, but will await the re­sults of the surgery be­fore mak­ing a fi­nal de­ter­mi­na­tion. The Su­per Bowl is Feb. 5, should the Pa­tri­ots get that far.

Gronkowski sat out prac­tice Wed­nes­day with what listed as a back in­jury. He was ab­sent from prac­tice again Thursday. The Pa­tri­ots said Gronkowski sus­tained a hit to the chest Nov. 13 against Seat­tle that re­sulted in a pul­monary con­tu­sion to his lung.

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