FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today that they have placed TE Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve. In addition, the Patriots signed RB D.J. Foster from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
Gronkowski played in eight games in 2016 with six starts and caught 25 receptions for 540 yards with three touchdowns.
Foster, 23, was released from the 53-man roster on Nov. 28, 2016 and signed to the practice squad on Nov. 20, 2016. The 6-foot, 195-pounder, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Arizona State on May 6, 2016 and made the 53-man roster out of training camp. He played in three games and accrued 24 yards rushing on seven attempts (3.4 avg.) and caught one pass for 2 yards.