Schefter’s report contradicts an earlier report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that Gronkowski has a minor knee strain and will likely miss a week at most.
Gronkowski was carted off late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos with a knee injury and did not return after being hit by Broncos safety Darian Stewart. Stewart’s helmet made contact with Gronkowski’s right knee as he went up high to attempt to catch a pass.
Gronkowski tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee in December 2013. He also missed significant time earlier in his career with a forearm injury and has a history of back problems.
The Patriots played without several key pass-catchers in Sunday’s game, with Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola both nursing injuries. Aaron Dobson was put on injured reserve earlier in the week with an ankle injury.
The Patriots (10–1) and Eagles (4–7) are scheduled to kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday.
- Kenny Ducey