Rob Gronkowski Out Indefinitely With Herniated Disc, Will Need Surgery

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is out indefinitely with a herniated disc in his back, and will have surgery to repair the injury on Friday, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter:

He reportedly suffered in the injury in the loss to the Seahawks. The team says there is not timeline for his return, but Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reports that he is expected to miss eight weeks. According to that timeline, Gronk would only be able to return this season if the Patriots made the Super Bowl.

Gronkowski has also had back surgery in college and in 2013. He has caught 25 catches for 540 yards and three touchdowns in eight games this season.

Martellus Bennett will take over a larger role in Gronk's absence. He has 42 catches for 540 yards and four touchdowns so far this season.

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