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Pats place Gronkowski on injured reserve

New England Patriots tight end Gronkowski scores a touchdown in front of Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Conner during the first half of their NFL football game in Foxborough Reuters

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.

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11 Responses to “Pats place Gronkowski on injured reserve”
  1. patsfan13 says: Jan 17, 2013 5:28 PM

    If the Pats add anyone to the roster now, all it will be is bench space. Anyone added now will never see the field.

  2. ampats says: Jan 17, 2013 5:33 PM

    My guess is Jeff Tarpinian comes off the practice squad . Any other player would not dress as JT could contribute on Special Teams.

  3. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 17, 2013 5:39 PM

    Not unexpected. A practice squad player or some other former player that know’s Belichick’s system will fill that spot.

    I think its probably way to late to bring in someone not already familiar with the very complex offense and defense they have.

  4. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 17, 2013 5:49 PM

    The return of Chad Johnson is imminent!

  5. catquick says: Jan 17, 2013 6:29 PM

    Steroids make your bones brittle

  6. tfbuckfutter says: Jan 17, 2013 6:56 PM

    Bring in Tiquan Underwood!

  7. stuartscottslazyeyeball says: Jan 17, 2013 7:01 PM

    Bibi Jones

  8. beauregard says: Jan 17, 2013 7:16 PM

    That settles it then. It’s the Ravens and 49ers in the Superbowl.

  9. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Jan 17, 2013 7:29 PM

    Brittle bones? You’re brain is brittle!

  10. j0esixpack says: Jan 17, 2013 7:48 PM

    C’mon Gronk.

    Just rub some spit and dirt on it and get out there and play like you always do!

  11. richwizl says: Jan 17, 2013 11:26 PM

    Gronk is a huge loss for the Pats and they’ll have to try new ways to generate more offense against a tough defense. I expect Brady will go to his RB’s more because so much focus will be on Hernandez and Welker. It’s going to be a really tough game, the Ravens are good.

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