UPDATE: Gronkowski will not return after suffering back injury vs. Jets


UPDATE, 6:12 P.M. -- The Patriots announce Rob Gronkowski will not return to the game.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Flanked by team medical personnel, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski headed to the New England locker room with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter with what was reported as a back injury. His return is questionable. 

Joe Van Allen, the team's assistant athletic trainer, team physician Dr. Mark Price and team chaplain Jack Easterby accompanied Gronkowski to the locker room. 

Gronkowski was questionable for the game with a chest injury. He missed last week's game at San Francisco with a reported lung injury sustained when he was hit by Seattle safety Earl Thomas. 

Gronkowski was targeted twice on first-quarter throws. On the first, he was led deep downfield by Tom Brady but was unable to haul in the throw. He stumbled after extending and was landed on by Jets defenders. 

Gronk also was isolated on a third-down throw down the right sideline, which fell incomplete. He appeared to have had his left arm yanked as the ball approached but there was no flag. Gronkowski departed after that play. 

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