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Rob Gronkowski done after reinjuring forearm

FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots might advance to the Super Bowl for the second straight season — and sixth time since 2001 — but their postseason journey from this point forward will be without tight end Rob Gronkowski.

One of the game’s best tight ends, Gronkowski reinjured the left forearm he broke Nov. 18, and will need additional surgery, according to a league source. He was injured on the Patriots’ second offensive series of Sunday’s 41-28 win over Houston, when he caught a deep ball thrown by Tom Brady. Gronkowski was out of bounds and the pass was ruled incomplete, but Gronkowski braced his fall with his left arm, which was heavily bandaged.

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