Patriots put TE Gronkowski on IR with knee injury

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 9, 2013 at 4:35 pm •  Published: December 9, 2013
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Gronkowski suffered a torn ACL and damaged MCL, a person familiar with the injury said Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team did not release those details.

Cleveland coach Rob Chudzinski said Monday he didn't know whether Ward's hit on Gronkowski resulted from a reluctance to hit a player high and possibly incur a fine for helmet-first contact.

"From my vantage point, I think he was trying to get Gronkowski down on the ground," Chudzinski said. "A big guy coming at you that way is tough to get on the ground, so I don't know that it has to do with the rules other than trying to get the guy on the ground. Certainly, we feel terrible about that (injury). He's a great player, and (we) hope that he has a speedy recovery."

The Patriots signed tight end D.J. Williams to the 53-man roster.

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AP NFL website: http://www.pro32.ap.org

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