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Rob Gronkowski to undergo surgery for back injury

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Elettra Stolfi | 02 Dicembre, 2016, 12:19

An NFL Media report says that New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to have back surgery and will must a significant amount of time. After playing the L.A. Rams this Sunday, New England still has games against the first place Baltimore Ravens; on the road against the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos; a game at home against the rival New York Jets and they finish the season on the road against the Miami Dolphins.

Since June, Rob Gronkowski's had a torn pectoral muscle, a torn hamstring, a lacerated lung and now he's got a ruptured disk that will send him to surgery and end his 2016 season.

The surgery was first reported by the Buffalo News.

Obviously, this one blindsided the Patriots, who on Wednesday used their injured reserve/designated for return tag on Jacoby Brissett, their third-string quarterback who was placed on IR on October 7 with a right thumb injury that required surgery.

That was an abbreviated return to the lineup after he'd missed one game with what was described as a chest injury suffered on a hit by Seahawks safety Earl Thomas.

Gronk sat out the following week against San Francisco. He received medical clearance to return to play two weeks later for the New York Jets game on November 27.

That leaves the Patriots with only two tight ends on the roster, Martellus Bennett and Matt Lengl, who has only played six snaps in one National Football League game. This will be his third back surgery since being drafted by the Patriots in 2010.

Cutler, who also missed five games because of a sprained right thumb, made five starts this season and completed 81 of 137 passes for 1,059 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions.

Bill Belichick has proven time and again that the loss of one player will not the impact the well-oiled machine that is the Patriots offense.

That's not to suggest the Patriots will go in another direction, but that scenario has been hypothesized for years due to Gronkowski's injury history.

Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will serve as the interim head coach against the Cowboys, a decision that Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said would be the least disruptive to the team.

Meanwhile, Edelman as per has been limited in practice because he is nursing a foot injury most of the season. That hit left him out of game, but he did return quickly.

"Rob has always been one of our hardest workers and was voted captain for the leadership he provides on our team", the Patriots wrote in their statement. It becomes more challenging when you lose such a great player in Gronk, but I don't think any of us are going to give up on what we're trying to accomplish.

The Eagles on Sunday face the Bengals at 1 Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

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