The Home Team: Gronkowski done for year; Folk stays hot

2013-12-12T00:00:00Z The Home Team: Gronkowski done for year; Folk stays hotBy Andrew Cockrum Special to the Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Rob Gronkowski’s season is over.

The former Arizona Wildcats star suffered a tear to both his ACL and MCL in his right knee after being tackled low by Browns defensive back T.J. Ward in Sunday’s game. The Patriots announced the tight end will be placed on injured reserve and miss the remainder of the season.

Gronkowski finished the year with 39 receptions, 592 yards and four touchdowns in seven games. He sat out the first six weeks of the season with a shoulder and back injury.

Player of the Week

Nick Folk K, New York Jets

The UA product kicked three field goals last week, including a 51-yarder. Folk added four extra points to account for 13 of the Jets’ 37 points in their win over the Raiders. He has made 96.6 percent of his field goal attempts this year.

Four to watch

Nick Foles

QB, Philadelphia Eagles

The Arizona alum accumulated 179 yards and one touchdown Sunday to lead the Eagles to a 34-20 victory against Detroit. Philadelphia ventures to Minnesota this week for his first career meeting with the Vikings.

Brooks Reed

LB, Houston Texans

The Sabino product corralled his second sack of the season toward the end of the first half last Thursday at Jacksonville. The Texans play at Indianapolis this week, a team Reed has three career tackles against.

Lance Briggs

LB, Chicago Bears

Briggs has been battling a shoulder injury since Week 7 and is expected to miss a seventh straight game Sunday in Cleveland. The Bears linebacker has 64 tackles, two sacks, and two forced fumbles this season.

Earl Mitchell

NT, Houston Texans

Mitchell produced his fifth four-tackle game of the season last Thursday in a loss to the Jaguars. The former Wildcat’s 41 tackles on the year is the most in his four years as a pro.

The Big Number

1 Interception thrown this season by Foles after Detroit’s Chris Houston picked him off in the second quarter Sunday in Philadelphia. Foles’ interception came during a snowstorm that hit Lincoln Financial Field.

Give the Devil

his due

Every week, we highlight one former ASU player who’s playing well at the pro level.

Vontaze Burfict

LB, Cincinnati Bengals

Burfict compiled a team-high eight tackles Sunday to help the Bengals to their third straight win. The former ASU linebacker leads the NFL with 139 tackles, eight more than Buffalo’s Kiko Alonso. Cincinnati can clinch the AFC North Division title on Sunday night with a win at Pittsburgh.

He Said It

“It was great to have (Rob Gronkowski) back, and he was obviously a big contributor for us because he’s an outstanding player.” — Patriots head coach

Bill Belichick

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