The Patriots have a roster spot to fill before this weekend’s game against the Ravens.
They officially placed tight end Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve Thursday, four days after breaking a bone in his left arm for the second time this season. The injury he suffered against the Texans is reportedly in a different part of the arm from the one that caused him to miss five regular season games. Gronkowski had surgery on Monday and he’d already been ruled out for the season because of this procedural move.
New England now has an open roster spot to play with, although it’s not clear what direction they might go to fill it. The obvious thought would be insurance for a player who might miss the game because of injury. The Patriots only appear to have one of those.
Defensive end Chandler Jones was limited because of the ankle injury he picked up last week. He said he was “doing everything I possibly can” to be able to play on Sunday. Four other players who were limited on Wednesday — running back Danny Woodhead, offensive lineman Nick McDonald, defensive end Trevor Scott, cornerback Marquice Cole — were all upgraded to full participation on Thursday.