Patriots place Rob Gronkowski on IR

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Any trust the New England Patriots had of getting tight end Rob Gronkowski back this season has authoritatively been suppressed. The group has set the enormous tight end on harmed save, finishing his season after he experienced back surgery Friday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday. Gronkowski at first harmed the back plunging for a profound ball against the New York Jets a weekend ago.

It’s an abrupt end to a season that only briefly lived up to the promise it possessed for Gronkowski. That result isn’t the fault of Gronkowski for lack of effort, but lack of good health. The tight end got off to a late start due to a hamstring injury that hindered him throughout camp, and suffered a perforated lung after getting drilled by Seattle safety Earl Thomas three weeks ago. The back injury completed the in-season injury trifecta and, unfortunately for he and the Patriots, was the finishing blow. hi-res-5df9c5f084429dac0eedfe7a865ea587_crop_north

The Patriots meanwhile, face a gauntlet of defenses to end the season: Los Angeles (ranked 12th in points allowed per game), Baltimore (fourth), Denver (ninth), the Jets (21st but 12th in yards per game) and Miami (16th) to end the season. New England boasts the third-best defense and might have to lean on it a bit more from here on out.

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