The New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski, who missed the first six games of the season while recovering from offseason surgeries on his left forearm and back, is done for the season after being placed on injured reserve Monday with a damaged right knee.
Gronkowski was hurt midway through the third quarter of New England’s 27-26 win over Cleveland on Sunday when he was hit on the knee by Browns safety T.J. Ward after a 21-yard reception.
Gronkowski suffered a torn ACL and damaged MCL, a person familiar with the injury said Monday.
SHANAHAN MAY SIT GRIFFIN
Mike Shanahan, still for now the coach of the Washington Redskins, made a surprising reversal Monday and said he might bench a “100 percent” healthy Robert Griffin III for the rest of the season to keep the quarterback from getting hurt.
Shanahan essentially declared it might be more beneficial for Griffin to get offseason snaps rather than game experience over the next three weeks. The coach then explicitly left open the possibility that he might not return next year, saying his future will be decided after he meets with owner Dan Snyder at season’s end.
NO APPEAL FOR VIKES’ WILF
A New Jersey appeals court has refused to hear arguments by Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf that his family’s net worth should be kept private.
The Wilfs have long kept their finances private even as the family won public subsidies to build a new stadium for their NFL franchise.
But an order that the Wilfs disclose their fortune stems from a lawsuit brought against them by former partners in a 1980s real estate project. A judge found in September that the Wilfs had defrauded the ex-partners and ordered them to pay $84.5 million in damages.
NFL QUESTIONS OFFICIATING
The NFL has contacted the Minnesota Vikings about some questioned calls by the officials in Sunday’s game at Baltimore.
Coach Leslie Frazier said he received an unsolicited phone call from the league about some of the rulings Sunday, when the Vikings lost 29-26.
Frazier declined to specify whether the NFL apologized for mistakes by referee Peter Morelli’s crew, but he said “the fact that they called should give you an indication of how they felt about” the game.
Wes Welker is unlikely to suit up for Denver’s game Thursday against San Diego after leaving Sunday’s game with his second concussion in four games. … Cardinals rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu’s season is over after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee, which will require surgery. … Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie has a concussion and his status for the team’s game against the Panthers on Sunday is uncertain. … An MRI shows Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart, from Timberline High school, tore the middle cruciate ligament (MCL) in his right knee and will be out a minimum of 10 days.