Pats put TE Gronkowski on IR with forearm injury

The New England Patriots have placed tight end Rob Gronkowski on

injured reserve with a forearm injury, guaranteeing he’ll miss the

rest of the season.

Gronkowski broke his left arm on the Patriots’ seventh offensive

play of Sunday’s 41-28 win over the Houston Texans in a divisional

playoff game. He had missed five games with a broken left forearm

before returning for the regular-season finale. The Patriots had a

playoff bye before the game against the Texans.

In 11 games this season, Gronkowski had 55 receptions for 790

yards and 11 touchdowns.

New England (13-4) faces the Baltimore Ravens (12-6) in the AFC

championship game for the second straight year on Sunday night.

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