FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — If Tom Brady becomes the NFL's all-time winningest quarterback on Sunday, he will do it without the guy who's been on the receiving end of most of his touchdown passes.
The Patriots (9-2) will be without tight end Rob Gronkowski this week when they host the struggling Los Angeles Rams (4-7) in their final regular-season matchup with an NFC opponent.
Gronkowski was slated to undergo surgery for a herniated disk in his back this week, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press. He is likely to be out for eight weeks or more, putting his return for this season in jeopardy.
The Super Bowl is Feb. 5 in Houston, should the...