Sunday, January 13, 2013
Patriots injuries we'll be monitoring
By Mike Rodak
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots may be advancing to the AFC Championship, but their win over the Houston Texans on Sunday was still costly, with three players leaving and not returning due to injuries.
Here's the latest on each. We'll follow up with more after the team's postgame locker room session.
* TE Rob Gronkowski -- Falling on his injured left forearm on a catch out of bounds in the first quarter, Gronkowski departed for the locker room and did not return. Gronkowski suffered another broken forearm, the same injury that kept him out of five games late this season, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Pro Bowl tight end will need to have surgery again, and is out for the postseason, Schefter reports.
* DE Chandler Jones -- The Patriots' first-round pick left the game late in the second quarter and stayed on the sidelines, but did not re-enter the contest. According to the team, it's an ankle injury, although it's unclear at this point if it's related to the ankle injury that caused him to miss two games earlier this season.
* RB Danny Woodhead -- Woodhead was injured after taking a carry on the Patriots first offensive snap of the game. He briefly left for the locker room, but returned to the sidelines with a wrap on his left thumb. He did not re-enter the game.