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Report: Patriots TE Gronkowski has ankle surgery

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Friday.

The injury hampered Gronkowski in the Super Bowl, when he had just two catches for 26 yards in the 21-17 loss to the New York Giants in Indianapolis. His recovery schedule will last 10-12 weeks.

The surgery was first reported by the Sports Business Journal.

Gronkowski suffered a high-ankle sprain in the AFC Championship game against the Ravens at home, a 23-20 victory.

A 2010 second-round pick out of Arizona, Gronkowski had 90 catches for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.

Gronkowski's injury and playing status became the story during an otherwise slow Super Bowl week. He was listed as questionable on Friday, 48 hours before the game.

Gronkowski's touchdown total set an NFL single-season record for tight ends. He and fellow New England tight end Aaron Hernandez combined for 169 receptions, and 24 scores, as the Patriots went 13-3 and won the AFC East.

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