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Rob Gronkowski injured in Patriots-Browns game

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  December 8, 2013 03:10 PM

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was taken off the field on a cart after suffering an apparent knee injury in the Patriots' game Sunday vs. the Cleveland Browns.

The team announced during the game Gronkowski has a leg injury and would not return. According to a report from Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo after the game, Gronkowski has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and will have an MRI test on Monday.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in his postgame news conference Gronkowski was taken to a hospital for observation but had no other details about the nature or extent of the injury.

Gronkowski was upended by Browns defensive back T.J. Ward after he caught a 21-yard pass in the third quarter from Tom Brady. Gronkowski reached over his head to make the catch, and flipped in the air after being hit near the 34 yard line by Ward, who appeared to hit him near the right knee.

Gronkowski had difficulty standing, and had to be helped onto a cart to be taken to the locker room for treatment. Ward and Belichick were among the many on field field who came over to Gronkowski to say something to him as he was taken off.

The Patriots rallied for a 27-26 victory.

"I don't know what the circumstances are, but we’re all there with him. We love him and he's a big part of this team. We’ll see where he’s at," Brady said.

View more pictures of the play here.

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