Brady on Gronk: 'We've still got a lot of good players' (The Associated Press)

The New England Patriots went back to practice without Rob Gronkowski on Friday as the 2015 All-Pro tight end prepared for season-ending back surgery. ”We’ve had some experience I think this year being without him,” quarterback Tom Brady said a day after the team announced that Gronkowski is expected to miss the rest of the season recovering from a herniated disk in his back. One of the dominant tight ends in NFL history, Gronkowski’s biggest struggle is often to stay on the field.