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Gronkowski Family statement acknowledges Rob probably done for 2016

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BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 30: Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots watches from the sidelines in a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on October 30, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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The Patriots and the Gronkowski Family released a statement Thursday night on tight end Rob Gronkowski’s back surgery, and in the statement the family said it doesn’t expect Rob Gronkowski to be able to play again this season.

His surgery is scheduled for Friday morning, and the statement said no final determination on his status the rest of the season will be made until after the surgery.

The statement said Gronkowski experienced “significant back and leg pain” after taking a hit in last week’s win over the Jets, and after talking with members of the team’s medical staff it was determined that surgery was in Gronkowski’s “best long-term interest.”

In the statement, the Patriots said they’re “committed to assisting Rob throughout his recovery and look forward to his return.”