Patriots put Rob Gronkowski on IR with knee injury

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FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots officially placed tight end Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve Monday, ending his fourth NFL season.

Gronkowski suffered a right knee injury at the tail end of a 21-yard reception in the third quarter against the Browns Sunday. After an MRI was taken on Gronkowski Monday morning, a league source confirmed to the Globe that Gronkowski had torn the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in the knee.

The news that the tight end wouldn’t be available for the remainder of this season was difficult for Patriots players to deal with a day later, after they watched Gronkowski cut down by Cleveland’s T.J. Ward.

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