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Patriots decline comment on Gronkowski setback

The New England Patriots said they don’t have any comment on published reports that tight end Rob Gronkowski has an infection in his broken arm that could keep him out into the season.

The Boston Herald reported yesterday that Gronkowski has an infection in the area where a metal plate was installed to repair his left forearm. Doctors will have to wait for the infection to go away to replace the plate, and Gronkowski would need 10 weeks after that to recover, the paper said.

Patriots spokesman Stacey James said the team doesn’t expect to comment on the report.

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