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Source: Gronkowski to undergo knee surgery on Thursday

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski smiles as he talks about  his return to the field during a media availability in front of his locker after practice at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday Sept. 4, 2013. The Patriots open their regular season against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski smiles as he talks about his return to the field during a media availability in front of his locker after practice at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday Sept. 4, 2013. The Patriots open their regular season against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

A person familiar with Rob Gronkowski’s knee injury told the Associated Press the New England Patriots’ tight end will have surgery tomorrow.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity yesterday 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 win over the Cleveland Browns.

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

The Patriots (12-4) host the Indianapolis Colts (12-5) in an AFC divisional-round playoff game on Saturday night.

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