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REPORT: PATRIOTS TE ROB GRONKOWSKI HAS TORN ACL - The New England Patriots lost tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has struggled with injuries over the last year, to what teammates said was a “nasty,” “gruesome” knee injury on a low hit Sunday afternoon.
According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, Gronkowski’s season is over after he suffered a torn right anterior cruciate ligament on the hit by T.J. Ward of the Cleveland Browns.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reported that Gronkowski was taken to a Boston hospital, where he is expected to have an MRI on Monday.
“I’m heart-broken for him with what he’s gone through at such a young age,” Matt Slater said via FOX Sports. “He brings a child-like joy to locker room.”
Although Ward and other members of the Browns spoke with Gronkowski before he was carted off, Patriots Coach Bill Belichick was clearly displeased. And the hit, while clean under NFL rules, is only going to reignite the debate over whether players would rather risk blows to the head or to the lower legs. (USA TODAY Sport)
ROB GRONKOWSKI TAKEN OFF FIELD ON CART - New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has left Sunday’s game against Cleveland after being hit on the right leg on a tackle.
Gronkowski raised his right arm to the crowd as he left on a cartin the third quarter.
He was hurt on a hit by Browns safety T.J. Ward after a reception from Tom Brady with the Browns leading 12-0. Ward was among many players from both teams who went up to Gronkowski before he left the field.
Gronkowski missed the first six games after offseason surgeries on his broken left forearm and back. In six games before Sunday, he led NFL tight ends with 37 catches and 560 yards receiving. He had two catches for 32 yards Sunday.