Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he's "disappointed" to lose tight end Rob Gronkowski for the rest of the season due to a back injury.
Belichick praised Gronkowski's hard work on Friday and called the injury "unfortunate."
The three-time All-Pro is scheduled for surgery on a herniated disk in his back. The Patriots said he's likely to be out the rest of the season, but they will wait until after Friday's surgery to decide.
Gronkowski was injured during the Nov. 13 loss to the Seahawks on a hit from safety Earl Thomas. He called it "probably one of the hardest I've got hit in my career."
Gronkowski sat out the following week...