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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski reportedly set for Thursday surgery

01.07.14 at 10:33 am ET

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will have surgery on his right knee Thursday, according to a report from’s Ian Rapoport. Gronkowski tore the ACL and MCL when he was hit by Browns safety T.J. Ward during a Week 14 game.

The procedure — the eighth surgery of Gronkowski’s career — will be performed by renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

There has been speculation that Gronkowski might be able to return for the start of the 2014 season, but that’s unclear. In the past two years, Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson and Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III had similar surgeries in January and were able to return for the start of the following seasons.

Gronkowski, 24, missed the first six games of the season while recovering from offseason back surgery as well as an operation on his forearm. He then played six games, recording 37 receptions for 560 yards and four touchdowns.

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