NFL rumors: Week 13 news on injuries, suspensions, more

The latest news from Week 13 in the NFL on injuries to Rob Gronkowski and Jay Cutler. 
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By Tom Downey, Chat Sports

The Dallas Cowboys beat the Minnesota Vikings 17–15 on Thursday night, but it wasn't without controversy. Sam Bradford was hit in the facemask by a Cowboys defender on a two-point try with 25 second left, but no flag was thrown on the play, effectively ending the Vikings' comeback chance.

Check out the latest NFL news and rumors below. 

• New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski needs back surgery, reports the Boston Globe. The surgery to repair a herniated disk will likely cost Gronkowski the rest of the season. 

• The Vikings might have yet another injury on their hands. Safety Harrison Smith was spotted with a walking boot according to USA Today

• Former NFL running back Joe McKnight was shot and killed Thursday, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. It appears McKnight's death was the result of a road rage incident. 

• Jay Cutler's season is over. The Chicago Bears announced Cutler needs season-ending surgery on his right shoulder. 

• The Cowboys expect to get offensive guard La'el Collins back before the season ends,'s Ian Rapoport reports. Collins is currently on IR with a torn ligament in his toe. 

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• The Indianapolis Colts announced they've activated outside linebacker Trent Cole from injured reserve. To make roster space, the team waived quarterback Stephen Morris. 

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• The Kansas City Chiefs announced they've placed defensive end Jaye Howard on injured reserve. Howard as missed the last three games with a hip injury. 

• Missouri Tigers defensive end Charles Harris is entering the NFL Draft. Harris is expected be a first round pick.