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Knee injury reportedly will sideline Rob Gronkowski for rest of season

12.09.13 at 10:24 am ET
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Rob Gronkowski suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee in Sunday’s win over the Browns, and will be lost for the rest of the 2013 season, according to multiple reports.

“Rob’s going to have more tests today, but that situation doesn’t look too good,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in his Monday morning conference call with the media.

For the tight end, who sustained the injury in the third quarter against Cleveland after he was felled by T.J. Ward at the end of a 21-yard pass play, it has been a difficult year. After an offseason marked by multiple surgeries on his back and forearm, he missed the first six games of the regular season. He had just been starting to ramp back up — entering Sunday’s game against the Browns, he had 27 catches for 419 yards and four touchdowns over the previous four games.

Said Belichick on Monday: “Unfortunately we had to play without Rob in the beginning of the season. … We’ve dealt with that already.”

Going forward, expect the Patriots to lean heavily on Michael Hoomanwanui and Matthew Mulligan at tight end. In addition, early reports indicate New England is in the process of re-signing tight end D.J. Willams to add depth at the position.

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