Broncos place LB Mays, TE Gronkowski on injured reserve

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos have placed linebacker Joe Mays and tight end Dan Gronkowski on injured reserve.

Mays blew out his left knee and Gronkowski injured his left ankle in the Broncos' 10-6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Gronkowski went back into the game after getting hurt.

Mays, acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles during training camp, had given the Broncos a toughness at middle linebacker in the last month, collecting 23 tackles over the last four games and allowing Mario Haggan to move to outside linebacker, where he's put up a team-high five sacks.

Gronkowski, picked up from Detroit this year, had eight catches for 65 yards.

Their roster spots weren't immediately filled.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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