Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who suffered a broken left forearm in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win over the Colts, underwent surgery Monday, a league source said.
While it is unclear how long at this point how long he will be sidelined, it is not season-ending, the source said.
Coach Bill Belichick shed little light on the injury during a Monday conference call. “No. I don’t really have anything on that,” Belichick said. “Our medical people are looking at all of our players today when they come in and assess their situation, as they always do on Monday, catch up with them.”
Gronkowski was blocking on the final extra point of the Patriots’ 59-24 win when cornerback Marshay Green rushed inside Gronkowski and his arm crumpled. As Gronkowski left the field after the play, the arm just hung at his side. A few minutes later he walked off the field and to the locker room with team doctor Thomas Gill.
Gronkowski had seven catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday, and was running more smoothly than he had all season; he had been hampered by back issues for most of the season.
The Patriots may get help in Thursday night’s game against the Jets from Aaron Hernandez, who has missed six games this year, including the past three, with a lower leg injury. But Belichick did not give a specific answer when asked about the tight end.
A league source has said that Hernandez, who’s been recovering from an ankle sprain, was held out of Sunday’s game with an eye toward Thursday night.
Greg A. Bedard contributed