Rob Gronkowski injury: Patriots TE has torn ACL, MCL

Jim Rogash

New England has lost a big part of its offense with Gronkowski going down for the year.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has a torn ACL, ending his season, according to Pro Football Talk. Gronkowski also suffered a torn MCL, per Adam Schefter. The injury is expected to hamper the beginning of his 2014 season as well.

Gronkowski was injured against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, needing to be carted off the field. The hulking target for Tom Brady only played in seven games after missing the first six of the campaign recovering from back and forearm injuries.

In his limited time this season, Gronkowski caught 39 passes for 592 yards and four touchdowns. Without him, New England is left with a slew of young wide receivers along with Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman.

At 10-3, the Patriots lead the AFC East by three games and currently sit in the AFC's No. 2 seed. With a win this Sunday, New England would clinch its fifth straight division title.

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