FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The New England Patriots have placed tight end Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve with a damaged right knee.
Gronkowski was hurt midway through the third quarter of the Patriots' 27-26 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday when he was hit on the right knee by safety T.J. Ward after a 21-yard reception.
Gronkowski missed the first six games this season after forearm and back surgeries. In the next six games, he led all NFL tight ends with 37 catches and 560 yards receiving. On Sunday, he had two catches for 32 yards.
The Patriots signed tight end D.J. Williams to the 53-man roster.