The news that all Patriots fans were dreading has finally landed, with New England tight end Rob Gronkowski reportedly needing back surgery on a problem.
According to a report from the Buffalo News earlier today, Gronkowski could potentially be out for the rest of the 2016 season.
The All-Pro tight end apparently suffered a ruptured disk in his back during the Patriots 31-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks earlier this year.
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The original report of the injury and need for surgery came from Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, who said that Gronkowski could miss eight weeks of action.
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The news was then corroborated by ESPN's NFL insider Adam Schefter, who added that Gronkowski will be undergoing the surgery on Friday.
After that game against the Seahawks in which he was injured, Gronkowski sat out the Patriots win over the 49ers before starting against the Jets - only to catch no passes from Tom Brady in the 22-17 win.
The Patriots take on Jeff Fisher and the Los Angeles Rams this week in Foxboro in what many were tipping to be a landslide victory for New England. With Gronkowski out, however, that task did just get a bit more difficult.