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Pats TE Gronkowski could miss six weeks

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • November 19, 2012 - 7:52 PM

No more end-zone spikes for a while from Rob Gronkowski.

A person familiar with the process said Monday the New England Patriots tight end expects to be sidelined for four to six weeks after having surgery for a broken left forearm. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave no update on the high-scoring, free-spirited tight end, who appeared to be hurt while blocking on an extra point late in the Patriots' 59-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Asked during an early afternoon conference call if Gronkowski had undergone surgery, Belichick said, "I really haven't met with our doctors and trainers yet today. I do that at the end of the day. I don't have any updates.

"Whatever the injury information is, we'll release it in a timely fashion, when we're required by the league, just like we always do."

The Patriots gave no estimate of how long Gronkow- ski, who hasn't missed a game in his three NFL seasons, might be sidelined. But they have to make a quick adjustment with only three days to prepare for Thursday night's game at the New York Jets.

The Patriots (7-3) lead the other three AFC East teams, including the Jets, by three games.

Henne gets call

Chad Henne will be Jacksonville's starting quarterback Sunday against Tennessee. Coach Mike Mularkey made the announcement Monday, one day after Henne passed for 354 yards and four touchdowns in a 43-37 overtime loss at Houston.

Blaine Gabbert injured his right forearm early in the game and had trouble gripping the ball.

Etc.

• Denver running back Willis McGahee tore a ligament in his right knee and is expected to be out six to eight weeks.

• Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich injured his ribs in Sunday night's loss to Baltimore and will not start next week against the Cleveland Browns.

• The Detroit Lions are benching wide receiver Titus Young this week after what coach Jim Schwartz called "unacceptable" behavior during Sunday's loss to Green Bay.

• Baltimore safety Ed Reed has been suspended by the league for one game for repeated headhunting.

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