January 8

NFL notebook: Surgery scheduled Thursday for Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski

The tight end missed more than half the season with injuries.

The Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — A person familiar with New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s knee injury said Gronkowski will have surgery Thursday.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Tuesday because the Patriots have not made an announcement.

Gronkowski missed the first six games of the season following offseason operations on his back and left forearm. In his seventh game back, he tore the ACL and MCL on his right knee on Dec. 8 in a 27-26 victory against the Cleveland Browns.

Before his latest injury, Gronkowski had 39 receptions for 592 yards and four touchdowns this season.

DOLPHINS: Jeff Ireland is out after six seasons as general manager.

REDSKINS: A person familiar with the situation said Jay Gruden will interview Wednesday with Washington for its head coach position.

TEXANS: The team fired 16 assistant coaches, including defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, following the hiring of Coach Bill O’Brien.

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