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Source: Gronkowski to sit Sunday

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  December 21, 2012 11:56 AM

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Tight end Rob Gronkowski will not play in Sunday's game in Jacksonville, according to a league source.

Gronkowski, who suffered a broken left forearm in the Patriots' win over the Colts last month and underwent surgery a day later, returned to practice on a limited basis last Friday. He has also taken part in practices this week, again on a limited basis.

Given that the Patriots have already clinched a playoff spot and may not need Gronkowski against the 2-12 the Jaguars, it is not much of a surprise that he will not play this week. New England will need its All-Pro as close to 100 percent as possible when January comes.

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