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Patriots put Rob Gronkowski on IR

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski waves

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski waves as he leaves the field in a cart after being injured in the third quarter of a game against the Cleveland Browns. (Dec. 8, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Rob Gronkowski's season is officially over. 

The Patriots' All Pro tight end, who was having a terrific season after returning from multiple surgeries on his wrist and back, is done for the year after going down on Sunday with a knee injury. Gronkowski suffered a torn ACL and will require reconstructive surgery. The Patriots did the inevitable today and placed Gronkowski on injured reserve. 

It's the third major injury to a Patriots' starter this season. Previously, defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (Achilles) and linebacker Jerod Mayo (pectoral muscle) were lost for the season. 

It's a huge blow to the offense and quarterback Tom Brady, who had much better numbers once Gronkowski returned to the lineup. 

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