Rob Gronkowski also missed the first six games of the season.
Foxboro, MA (SportsNetwork.com) -
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee.
An MRI confirmed the damage on Monday, according to NFL.com.
The Patriots orchestrated their third consecutive come-from-behind win, without the All-Pro on Sunday. Gronkowski was carted off the field in the third quarter of a wild 27-26 victory over Cleveland after catching a pass from Tom Brady up the seam before his right knee absorbed the brunt of a hit by defensive back T.J. Ward.
'Tis the season to think about next season
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
There are no more five-year plans in the NFL.
While worst to first isn't exactly expected these days, it's the goal of every franchise which isn't playing meaningful football during the holiday season.
Of course logic says if you go from the outhouse to the penthouse, sort of like the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs, who finished 2-14 a year ago and are now closing in on the AFC's No. 5 seed with a 10-3 mark under first-year coach Andy Reid, that means a few teams who enjoyed a nice view from their suite 365 days ago are currently living in squalor.