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Rob Gronkowski injury: Patriots TE expected to be ready for start of 2014 season

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Gronkowski suffered a torn ACL and MCL, but is expected to be back for the beginning of the 2014 season.

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski still hasn't had surgery yet to repair his right knee injury, but the two-time Pro Bowl selection has been told that he should be ready for the start of the 2014 season, according to Albert Breer of

Tests have shown that Gronkowski suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his knee, but no surgery will be performed until after the swelling in his knee has gone down. Surgery is now tentatively scheduled to happen for Gronkowski in two weeks.

Gronkowski, 24, struggled with injuries during the 2013 offseason as forearm and back surgeries kept him from returning to the field until Oct. 20. In seven games, Gronkowski tallied 39 receptions for 592 yards and four touchdowns before a low hit from Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward ended his year in Week 14.

A second-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, Gronkowski has accumulated 42 touchdowns in four seasons, including an NFL-record 17 touchdowns from a tight end in 2011.

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