Gronkowski (arm) placed on injured reserve

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Gronkowski (arm) placed on injured reserve

FOXBORO -- Rob Gronkowski's season was over when broke his left forearm against the Texans in New England's Divisional Round win last Sunday. The Patriots officially ended Gronkowski's year Thursday.

According to the Patriots' practice report, Gronkowski was placed on injured reserve with a broken left forearm. The move opens up one spot on the active 53-man roster.

Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran reported on Tuesday that the fracture Gronkowski suffered was a different fracture than the one he suffered on Nov. 18 while blocking for an extra point in New England's Week 11 win over the Colts.

Tight end Daniel Fells was inactive against the Texans on Sunday, leaving the Patriots with two active tight ends, Aaron Hernandez and Michael Hoomanawanui.

Gronkowski healthy enough to participate during Patriots OTA practice

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Gronkowski healthy enough to participate during Patriots OTA practice

There's one where he makes a one-handed catch and celebrates with his arms outstretched as he glides into the end zone. There's another where he leaves his feet to go up and over safety Devin McCourty to come down with a pass. 

Judging by some of the pictures that have surfaced on Patriots.com of Rob Gronkowski participating in an OTA practice earlier this week, the All-Pro tight end seems to be feeling pretty good. 

Gronkowski, who agreed to an incentive-laden contract restructure for the upcoming season, is returning to action after undergoing season-ending back surgery last year so there was some question as to just how prepared he'd be to participate in practices this spring and summer. 

Again, judging by the photos, the answer is he's ready to ready to run routes on air and make contested catches against defenders.

Reporters will have an opportunity to watch the team practice on Thursday, the first workout open to members of the media, which will allow us to judge Gronkowski's mobility and his level of participation more fully.

Another takeaway from the photos on the team website is that Gronkowski was not required to wear a non-contact jersey during the session. Contact is not allowed during this phase of the offseason training program, but players returning from injury (and quarterbacks) will still wear red jerseys to inform their teammates they're not to be touched. For instance, Jonathan Freeny, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve about a month into last season, donned a red non-contact jersey in one image.