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Gronkowski has surgery

Multiple ligament tears in TE’s ankle

Rob Gronkowski was held to two receptions in the Super Bowl. Rob Gronkowski was held to two receptions in the Super Bowl. (Mike Segar/Reuters)
By Shalise Manza Young
Globe Staff / February 11, 2012
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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, whose effectiveness in Super Bowl XLVI was limited (two catches, 26 yards) by a high left ankle sprain suffered two weeks before in the AFC Championship game, yesterday underwent arthroscopic surgery.

A team source said Gronkowski had multiple torn ligaments, and was operated on by Dr. George Theodore at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The recovery time is expected to be around 10 weeks.

Gronkowski was injured late in the Patriots’ win over Baltimore when he was tackled after a catch by Ravens safety Bernard Pollard.

In just his second season, Gronkowski set NFL records for a tight end for touchdowns (18) and receiving yards (1,327), and his infectious personality won him many fans.

But that personality also made him a target of some, after video of he and left tackle Matt Light dancing shirtless at the Patriots’ post-Super Bowl party hit the Internet. Some considered it inappropriate after such a loss, and their dedication was questioned.

Yesterday, however, Gronkowski got a vote of confidence from team president Jonathan Kraft.

“One thing I do know is the guy absolutely is 100 percent a passionate competitor when it comes to football,’’ Kraft told ESPN Boston Radio. “He loves football. He wants to win. He wants to get better. He doesn’t like losing.

“I don’t know specifically that people are questioning that, but he’s an ultimate competitor and we’re excited he’s on our football team. I think the team did accomplish a lot this year. Unfortunately, we fell just a little short of the ultimate goal. I do think that he and other players probably have different ways of both celebrating what we were able to achieve and dealing with the disappointment of the night, and I think that’s hard to personalize how any individual would deal with that and project it on someone else.’’

Shalise Manza Young can be reached at syoung@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @shalisemyoung.

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