Gronkowski was carted off the field in the fourth quarter of the Patriots’ overtime loss to the Broncos on a hit by Darian Stewart, and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. He underwent X-rays in the locker room. The team says there is no timetable for his return, “which will be determined in the days or hours prior to the appropriate game. Any timetable reported prior to that final determination would be speculative,” the Patriots wrote in a statement.
Gronkowski tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee in Dec. 2013. The oft-injured tight end also missed significant time earlier in his career with a forearm injury and has a history of back problems.
The Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady are now without key passing targets Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Dion Lewis in addition to Gronkowski, who has caught 57 passes for 931 yards and nine touchdowns this season.
- Jeremy Woo