BOSTON (CBS) – After helping the Patriots shred the Indianapolis Colts, tight end Rob Gronkowski may be out for awhile.
According to The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Gronkowski suffered a broken forearm in the Patriots’ 59-24 rout over the Colts, which will likely cost the All Pro tight end the rest of the regular season.
Gronkowski finished the afternoon with seven receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns, but made his way to the locker room late in the fourth quarter following New England’s final touchdown on the day.
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Gronkowski did not speak with reporters following the game. According to Rapoport, the Patriots tight end was told he will likely be out 4-6 weeks. That time frame makes a potential return for the playoffs possible.
Losing Gronkowski for any amount of time will hurt the Patriots offense, as they have been without fellow tight end Aaron Hernandez for the last three weeks as he recovers from an early-season ankle injury.
For the season, Gronkowski has 53 receptions for 748 yards. With his two more touchdowns against Indy, he became the first tight end in NFL history to have three straight 10-plus touchdown seasons.
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