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Monday NFL preview: Patriots, Seahawks suffer significant injuries

NFL Nation previews what to watch for around the league Monday, including injury updates on New England TE Rob Gronkowski, Seattle TE Jimmy Graham and more.

Gronk leaves game with right knee injury (0:15)
Brady hopes Gronk injury is not too serious (0:46)
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Game balls: Who starred in Week 12

Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who is now 4-0 as a starter this season, and Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin are among Sunday's top performers.

Kearse: We left it all out on the field (0:45)
Winston disappointed in game, not situation (0:43)
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Four downs: Chiefs can swing fantasy playoffs

Alex Smith is playing like a top-10 fantasy quarterback, his weapons are producing and Kansas City's schedule couldn't be easier for the stretch run.

OBJ doing OBJ things (0:26)
Zimmer: This was a big win for us (0:45)
Maclin on turnaround: I got back to the basics (0:44)


Watt breezes through another milestone

J.J. Watt sacks Drew Brees in the third quarter to become the second fastest player to 70 career sacks, and he celebrates by hitting a mock home run in the backfield.


Patriots lose Gronk, perfect season in OT

Rob Gronkowski left the game in the fourth quarter after suffering a right knee injury, and C.J. Anderson's 48-yard touchdown run in overtime gave the Broncos a 30-24 win vs. the Patriots.


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Undefeated no more! Brock Osweiler and the Broncos knock off the previously unbeaten Patriots on C.J. Anderson's walk-off TD run. [Credit: Jack Dempsey]

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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was present in the locker room when reporters arrived after the game. He didn't answer questions. Reporters watched him pick up his luggage and walk to the team buses.

Clock mismanagement hurts Pats in loss

Trent Dilfer breaks down how clock mismanagement contributed to the Patriots' 30-24 loss to the Broncos.


Schefter: Injury doesn't appear serious

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was carted off the field with a right knee injury with 2:49 left in the 30-24 loss to the Patriots. More testing is likely, but the knee injury "doesn't appear to be serious," a source texted ESPN's Adam Schefter. Story

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More testing likely and further updates ahead, but one source just texted this on Gronk's leg injury: "Doesn't appear to be serious."

Osweiller joins small group

Quarterbacks to lead 14-point 4th-quarter comeback vs. Patriots since 2001 in which Tom Brady played the entire game:

  • 2009 Peyton Manning
  • 2015 Brock Osweiler


Anderson's score hands Pats first loss

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson took the handoff and scored a 48-yard touchdown in overtime to give Denver a 30-24 win over New England.


Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

BRONCOS 30, PATRIOTS 24 (final, OT): The Patriots not only lost the game, but also potentially lost one of their best players in TE Rob Gronkowski, who was carted off with 2:49 remaining with a knee injury. If Gronkowski is lost for the season, this might ultimately be viewed as the night that the complexion of the Patriots Super Bowl hopes, and the AFC on the whole, was dramatically altered. In all, a devastating night for New England.

Gronk leaves game with right knee injury

Rob Gronkowski was carted off the field in the fourth quarter of the Partiots' 30-24 loss to the Broncos. More testing is likely, but the knee injury "doesn't appear to be serious," a source texted ESPN's Adam Schefter.


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Broncos 30, Patriots 24, in overtime. Patriots drop to 10-1 but bigger storyline is potential loss of TE Rob Gronkowski to knee injury.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers (11-0) now are the only undefeated team in the NFL after New England's loss to Denver.


Patriots go 3 and out. Broncos ball on their own 42-yard line. #NEvsDEN

Brady engineers game-tying drive

With 1:09 left in the game, Patriots QB Tom Brady led his team down the field 51 yards. That put New England in range for a 47-yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal to tie the game at 24. New England starts with the ball. Follow live


FREE FOOTBALL. Gostkowski hits a 47-yard FG for New England as time expires to send the game to OT.

Broncos take lead with Osweiller TD

Brock Osweiller led the Broncos for a go-ahead touchdown drive on a 5-play, 83-yard TD capped off with a 4-yard pass to Andre Caldwell. Denver leads 24-21 with 1:09 left in the game. Follow live

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was carted off the field after remaining down on the field following an incomplete pass with 2:49 remaining in the game. Quarterback Tom Brady and Bill Belichick came over to check on Gronkowski, who was immediately writhing in pain as he landed. Gronkowski is obviously a vital part of the Patriots offense and his potential absence would dramatically alter the complexion of the rest of the season.

Gronkowski leaves with knee injury

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski left the field on a cart after suffering a right leg injury when attempting a catch against Denver. Before he left, Gronkowski had six catches for 88 yards and TD.

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Tom Brady standing over Gronkowski, concerned. Matthew Slater, special teams captain, down on one knee praying. Cart coming out.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets set a franchise record by holding the Dolphins to 12 rushing yards -- yes, 12. The Jets made a change at outside linebacker. Demario Davis, an every-down player for the first 10 games, was used in a rotation with Erin Henderson. They alternated series. "You have to earn playing time around here," Todd Bowles said, "and Erin has done that."