SECOND UPDATE: Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports Rob Gronkowski suffered a torn ACL when he injured his leg in the third quarter.
UPDATE: The Patriots announced that Rob Gronkowski (leg) will not return to Sunday's game against the Browns. According to Pro Football Talk, Gronkowski will have an MRI Monday and early indications are "not looking good".
FOXBORO -- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was carted off the Gillette Stadium turf in the third quarter of New England's game with the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
After reeling in a 21-yard catch from Tom Brady, Gronkowski took a hard hit to the right knee from Browns defensive back TJ Ward. Gronkowski lay on the ground for several moments before being helped to his feet by Patriots medical staff and fellow tight end Matthew Mulligan.
Seated on a cart, Gronkowski received handshakes from several Patriots teammates as well as Browns defensive lineman Phil Taylor before being taken to the Patriots locker room area. As Gronkowski was about to disappear into the Gillette Stadium tunnel, he waved to fans who gave him a loud ovation.
Brady fumbled on the next Patriots play and the Browns recovered. Cleveland led 12-0 at the time of the injury.
More to come . . .