UPDATE: The Patriots officially placed Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve Tuesday afternoon, signing free-agent tight end DJ Williams to take Gronkowski's spot on the 53-man roster.
When TJ Ward buckled Rob Gronkowski's knee awkwardly in the third quarter of New England's win over the Browns on Sunday, it looked ugly. It looked serious. Know we know how serious it was.
Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran confirmed that Gronkowski will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI revealed that the Patriots tight end tore his ACL and MCL.
Surgery to repair Gronkowski's ACL and rehab may will affect his preparation for 2014, but his MCL may not require surgery, per Pro Football Talk. That may be a small bit of good news for Gronkowski given that when Tom Brady tore his ACL and MCL in 2008, surgery to repair the quarterback's MCL reportedly resulted in infection.
Of course, Gronkowski is no stranger to complications following surgery. His forearm reportedly became infected following surgery earlier this year, delaying his recovery.
More to come . . .