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NFL-Patriots tight end Gronkowski out for season
Gronkowski, one of the most dynamic tight ends in the National Football League, will be placed on season-ending injured reserve and undergo additional tests to check for further damage, the website said.
The loss of Gronkowski is a big blow to the offense of the Patriots, the AFC East leaders who improved to 10-3 with their 27-26 come from behind victory over Cleveland and are in the hunt for the second seed position in the conference playoffs.
Two-time Pro Bowler Gronkowski, 24, was injured after he caught a third-quarter pass from quarterback Tom Brady and was downed on a diving tackle by Browns defensive back T.J. Ward, whose helmet appeared to hit Gronkowski directly on the knee.
Gronkowski was carted off the field.
"We love him, he's a big part of this team," Brady said about Gronkowski.
"It hurts to see any of those guys go down, so certainly with Gronk and we've sustained some pretty big injuries this year with really important, critical players. So we've just got to keep bouncing back."
"I think we all feel sorry for Rob," added Brady. "We're with him and we support him."
Gronkowski missed the first six games of the season as he recovered from offseason surgeries on his arm and back that ended his 2012 season early. He had 39 receptions for 592 yards and four touchdowns in seven games this year. (Reporting by Larry Fine in New York, Editing by Justin Palmer
A Darrelle Revis holdout doesn't concern Mark Dominik
Around the League's Gregg Rosenthal asked if this unusual, non-front-loaded, contract structure might ultimately become a trend in NFL circles. It might in Tampa Bay, where general manager Mark Dominik believes the annual money on the table will prevent Revis from staging a future holdout.
"I think our unique structure, with the way we do deals in Tampa, that helps us with this situation," Dominik told WDAE-AM in Tampa on Monday, via SportsRadioInterviews. "... When you look at Darrelle Revis in general, it's a series of one-year contracts at $16 million a year, and so every year he's got $16 million in front of him to play. That's why a holdout isn't a concern at all.
"This is going to play out with -- we got a player that has motivation in front of him. The money is there, I believe, but he bet on himself, which I think is beautiful, and the agents understood that. They wanted to make it happen and that's how this thing came together. You have a player with a lot of confidence and then in year four, like it was with the Jets, his base salary isn't $3 million it's $16 million still. That stops him from holding out."
History tells us that nothing stops Revis from holding out, but the Bucs are in a good position. Revis generated headlines by opting for this non-guaranteed pact, but as players around the NFL can attest, his contract -- in spirit -- isn't so unusual. Very little in the NFL is guaranteed.
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