NEW ORLEANS — Patriots tight end Rob Gronk is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a fractured collarbone.
He’s expected to be fully recovered by Thanksgiving.
Gronkowski, who suffered a torn left ACL in the preseason opener, suffered a dislocated left shoulder in the second preseason game against the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 9.
The Patriots did not reveal the extent of Gronkowski’s injury or the timetable for his return.
Gronk suffered the injury against Buffalo and missed two games in 2017.
The 29-year-old, who has two seasons left on his current contract, has been a key cog in New England’s success this season.
He was tied for the NFL lead in receiving yards (5,723) and third in touchdowns (33).
Gronkowski has also been a catalyst for New England in the postseason, finishing the regular season ranked fourth in passing yards (2,721) and fifth in touchdowns.
The former second-round pick had seven receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 28.