NFL notebook: Gronkowski sidelined after surgery for broken forearm

2012-11-20T00:00:00Z NFL notebook: Gronkowski sidelined after surgery for broken forearmThe Associated Press The Associated Press
November 20, 2012 12:00 am  • 

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - No more end-zone spikes for a while from Rob Gronkowski.

Although Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave no update on the high-scoring, free-spirited tight end, who appeared to be hurt while blocking on an extra point late in the Patriots' 59-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Comcast SportsNet New England said the former UA Wildcat has a broken forearm. The tight end expects to be sidelined for four to six weeks after having surgery.

The Patriots have just three days to adjust for Thursday night's game at the New York Jets.

Extra points

• Third-string quarterback Charlie Batch, 37, may start for the Steelers on Sunday against Cleveland after Byron Leftwich suffered possible broken ribs in Pittsburgh's loss to Baltimore. Leftwich had replaced injured Ben Roethlisberger.

• The NFL suspended Ravens star safety Ed Reed for Sunday's game against San Diego for repeated hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players, including Sunday night when he was penalized for unnecessary roughness for a hit to the head of Pittsburgh receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

• Willis McGahee, Denver's leading rusher, tore a ligament in his right knee and will be out for a six-to-eight week stint.

• Atlanta backup center Joe Hawley received a four-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. His agent said Hawley took Adderall, which can treat ADHD.

• Detroit benched receiver Titus Young after what coach Jim Schwartz called "unacceptable" behavior in Sunday's loss to Green Bay. Young will be inactive for the Thanksgiving game with Houston.

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