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New England's Rob Gronkowski has surgery on forearm, to miss four to six weeks

No more end-zone spikes for a while from Rob Gronkowski. A person familiar with the process said Monday the New England Patriots tight end...

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — No more end-zone spikes for a while from Rob Gronkowski.

A person familiar with the process said Monday the New England Patriots tight end expects to be sidelined for four to six weeks after having surgery for a broken left forearm. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave no update on the high-scoring, free-spirited tight end, who appeared to be hurt while blocking on an extra point late in the Patriots' 59-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Asked during an early afternoon conference call if Gronkowski had undergone surgery, Belichick said, "I really haven't met with our doctors and trainers yet today. I do that at the end of the day. I don't have any updates.

"Whatever the injury information is, we'll release it in a timely fashion, when we're required by the league, just like we always do."

The Patriots gave no estimate of how long Gronkowski, who hasn't missed a game in his three NFL seasons, might be sidelined. But they have to make a quick adjustment with only three days to prepare for Thursday night's game at the New York Jets.

The Patriots (7-3) lead the three other AFC East teams, including the Jets, by three games.

Gronkowski caught seven passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns Sunday.

McGahee out for extended time

The lockers of the running backs who might take Willis McGahee's spot in the Broncos lineup are conveniently lined up, four in a row.

Lance Ball. Knowshon Moreno. Jeremiah Johnson. Ronnie Hillman.

Barring an unlikely free-agent signing, some combination of those four will be asked to fill in for the foreseeable future for Denver's leading rusher, McGahee, who tore a ligament in his right knee and will be out for what's expected to be a six-to-eight week stint.

"We've all got to step up and do our part," Hillman said. "Anyone can be an option."

Coach John Fox said McGahee's injury, suffered in the second quarter of Denver's 30-23 victory over San Diego on Sunday, will not require surgery and that the Broncos had no immediate plans to put the 10th-year veteran on injured reserve. Asked about reports that McGahee had also fractured his leg, Fox said, "I don't want to get into too much of the exacts, other than he will not be on IR."

Notes

• Baltimore's Ed Reed, among the best safeties in NFL history, has been suspended by the league for a game for repeated headhunting. Reed will not be allowed to practice this week, and cannot play in the Ravens' game Sunday at San Diego.

According to the NFL, his personal-foul penalty in Sunday night's game at Pittsburgh was the third time in the past three seasons that Reed violated the rule against hitting defenseless players in the head or neck area.

• A person familiar with the injury told The Associated Press Pittsburgh quarterback Byron Leftwich injured his ribs in the first quarter of Sunday night's 13-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and will not start next week in Cleveland. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not officially commented on Leftwich's status.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first reported the decision. Leftwich is the second Pittsburgh quarterback in as many weeks to go down. Starter Ben Roethlisberger is out indefinitely after spraining his right shoulder and dislocating his first rib in a 16-13 overtime victory against the Kansas City Chiefs last Monday.

The Steelers (6-4) will likely turn to 37-year-old backup Charlie Batch against the Browns (2-8).

• The Detroit Lions are benching wide receiver Titus Young this week after what coach Jim Schwartz called "unacceptable" behavior during Sunday's loss to Green Bay. Schwartz did not characterize the move as a suspension, but he said Young was sent home from the team's practice facility Monday and will be inactive for Detroit's game against Houston on Thanksgiving. The coach did not say what Young specifically did wrong.

• Atlanta center Joe Hawley received a four-game suspension from the NFL after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Injury report
Player, position Team Injury, prognosis
Rob Gronkowski, TE Patriots forearm; out 4-6 weeks
Willis McGahee, RB Broncos torn MCL; out indefinitely
Byron Leftwich, QB Steelers ribs; is unlikely to start Sunday
Brandon Meriweather, S Redskins torn ACL; out for season
Fred Jackson, RB Bills concussion; could play Sunday
Shaun Cody, DT Texans ribs; game-time decision
Blaine Gabbert, QB Jaguars elbow; will not start Sunday

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