New England tight end Rob Gronkowski underwent surgery Monday on the broken right forearm that he re-fractured Sunday in the Patriots' AFC playoff win over the Houston Texans, according to multiple media reports.
The injury occurred as Gronkowski braced himself on an out-of-bounds catch. He immediately left the game and then went to the locker room for X-rays. It's expected that he will be out for the remainder of the postseason.
Gronkowski missed five games after breaking the arm in November before returning for the regular-season finale against Miami. He had two catches and a touchdown against the Dolphins, but he didn't have a reception against the Texans.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, talking with WEEI Radio's "Dennis and Callahan Show," said the team is prepared to move on minus Gronkowski.
"Sure. I think we put much more time in this year than we -- for example, like last year, when we played the Super Bowl, it was our first game without him in two years," Brady said. "Not that that's any excuse because there are no excuses, but there's an uncertainty of how guys are going to play and step in. Well, we know now, we know the types of packages we'll use and what we'll do and the different ways we'll try to find some weakness in the defense based on our groups and so forth."
Meanwhile, injured running back Danny Woodhead should be able to play in Sunday's AFC championship game against the Baltimore Ravens, according to several reports. Woodhead suffered a thumb injury on the Patriots' first play from scrimmage against Houston.