FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was placed on injured reserve Saturday after having season-ending back surgery.
Gronkowski, who missed playing time earlier in the season with a hamstring injury and bruised lung, left last week's game against the Jets in the first half with what was described as a herniated disc. The four-time All-Pro had surgery Friday.
In eight games he caught 25 passes for 540 yards and three touchdowns.
The Patriots also announced the signing of running back D.J. Foster from the practice squad.
BUSH TO HONOR McKNIGHT: When Joe McKnight arrived at USC as the Parade national high school player of the year, he was often compared to another great USC running back, Reggie Bush. Today, Bush, who plays for the Bills, will honor McKnight, three days after the 28-year-old was shot and killed in what police called a road rage incident in New Orleans. Bush will wear cleats adorned in USC's cardinal and gold colors and will feature a picture of McKnight, his name, and his dates of birth and death.
CHIEFS: Receiver Jeremy Maclin will miss his fourth straight game today, while cornerback Phillip Gaines was added to the injury report as questionable with a knee injury. Maclin has a lingering groin injury.
TEXANS: Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is out of today's game because of elbow and wrist injuries. Clowney has a career-high 12 tackles for losses.