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UPDATED: When Rob Gronkowski could return to the Patriots

Rob Gronkowski was injured late in the Patriots victory over the Colts Sunday.

The Patriots and their fan base were all smiles during the closing minutes of Sunday's 59-24 spanking of the Colts. The feeling of joy immediately turned into one of worry, however, as it was learned about an hour after the victory that tight end Rob Gronkowski broke his forearm, according to ComcastSportsNet.

The injury could potentially keep Gronkowski out for weeks and possibly the remainder of the season.

UPDATE: Gronkowski will have surgery Monday and is expected to be out four-to-six weeks, according to NFL Network. Under that timeline the absolute earliest that Gronkowski could return to action would be the Patriots' Sunday night game against the 49ers on Dec. 16. Their regular season finale is two weeks later at home against the Dolphins. The NFL Playoffs begin Jan. 5, but if New England is able to obtain the AFC's second seed, they would not play until the following week.

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