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Rob Gronkowski To Have Back Surgery, Out At Least 6-8 Weeks

The Patriots initially thought Rob Gronkowski's back injury wasn't bad, but it has turned out to be the opposite, and Gronkowski will require surgery that will cost him 6-8 weeks.

The worst case scenario for Rob Gronkowski has happened, and the All-Pro tight end will miss the next 6-8 weeks after having back surgery, the third he's had in college and the NFL combined. Adam Schefter was the first to report the bad news:

The Patriots will have to keep him on the active roster if he plans on trying to give it a go in the playoffs, so not only do they lose him for the rest of the regular season and beyond, they'll have to give up a roster spot to make it happen. Granted, he can just be on the inactive list, but Belichick does NOT like having to roll with 52 guys for 6-8 weeks. This is a tough loss for New England, but their offense has the depth at the skill positions this season to absorb a loss this big. Like I've been saying since they traded for Bennett- that move was more about having at least ONE healthy tight end, and if both are healthy, that's a bonus. That's exactly how it's played out.

We'll provide any updates in the coming days and weeks.

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