Pats' Gronkowski leaves briefly with leg injury
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP)
New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington left Sunday's AFC title game against Baltimore in the second quarter with an eye injury, and fellow Pro Bowl selection Rob Gronkowski followed him to the locker room in the third before returning a few minutes later.
Arrington had not returned through the third quarter.
Gronkowski, who set an NFL record for a tight end with 17 touchdown receptions, left after he was taken down by Bernard Pollard at the end of a 23-yard gain with 24 seconds left in the third quarter. He limped off the field and walked to the locker room, but returned for the end of the Patriots' touchdown drive.
Also injured on the same play was Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who appeared to injure his right foot. There was no immediate announcement about his condition.
Arrington tied for the NFL lead this season with seven interceptions. The New England defense has struggled this year, ranking 31st in passing defense and 31st overall in yards allowed in the 32-team NFL.
The Patriots also lost Pro Bowl tackle Vince Wilfork - but only briefly. He walked slowly off the field before Joe Flacco threw for the Ravens' only first-half touchdown, but returned for the next defensive series. There was no announcement about his condition.