NFL-Patriots tight end Gronkowski out for season (Reuters)

Tight end Rob Gronkowski’s season is over after the New England Patriots placed him on injured reserve on Saturday one day after he underwent surgery in Los Angeles to repair a herniated disk in his back. New England (9-2), which currently has the inside track on the No. 1 playoff seed in the AFC, had announced on Thursday that it would wait to receive the results of the surgery before making a final determination on Gronkowski’s status. Initial estimates prior to the procedure listed a recovery timetable of two months, leaving open the slight possibility of Gronkowski being available should the Patriots advance to the Super Bowl.