Rob Gronkowski breaks arm, reportedly late in Patriots blowout of Colts

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

That big Patriots win vs. the Colts -- a 59-24 whitewashing -- might have come at a big cost to New England.

CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman has confirmed that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has broken his arm. CSNNE's Tom Curran was the first to report that Gronkowski's arm was broken.

The team has not yet commented on the reports, though NFL.com's Ian Rapoport is reporting that early estimates say Gronkowski is expected to be out 4-6 weeks.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the injury might have occured on the final extra point of the day with 3:55 left to play when the Patriots were leading by 34 points. For the record, tight ends Visanthe Shiancoe and Michael Hoomanawanui also were active and played Sunday.

In Sunday's win, Gronkowski caught seven passes for a game-high 137 yards and two touchdowns, and via ESPN Stats, Gronkowski became the first tight end in league history to record 10 or more touchdowns in three-straight seasons. Tight end Aaron Hernandez, meanwhile, hasn't played in three games because of an ankle injury, though he's had limited participation in practice lately.

Receiver Wes Welker -- besides Gronkowski, Tom Brady's favorite target -- originally was questionable for Sunday's game with an ankle injury, but he played vs. the Colts.

Gronkowski was not available in postgame interviews and did not speak with reporters.

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