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Patriots place TE Rob Gronkowski on IR

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  January 17, 2013 05:00 PM

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FOXBOROUGH --- The Patriots placed tight end Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve Thursday after he underwent season-ending surgery Monday to repair a new fracture of his left forearm.

The move opened up a spot on the team's 53-man roster.

Gronkowski, who missed six weeks after initially fracturing his forearm Nov. 18 vs. the Colts, suffered the injury while tumbling out of bounds after a sideline catch in the first quarter of Sunday's 41-28 divisional-round victory over the Texans at Gillette Stadium.

He was the only player who was not spotted at Thursday's practice session in sweats and shells in the lower field behind the stadium.

DE Chandler Jones, who injured his ankle vs. the Texans, was the only player listed on the Patriots' injury report who was limited in practice.

CB Marquice Cole (finger), OL Nick McDonald (shoulder), DE Trevor Scott (knee), and RB Danny Woodhead (thumb) went from being limited Wednesday to full participation in Thursday's practice.

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