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June 18, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski underwent back surgery Tuesday, his fifth operation this year. The operation performed by Dr. Robert Watkins was successful, said Drew Rosenhaus , Gronkowski's agent. On May 20, the Patriots star had his fourth surgery on the left forearm that he broke Nov. 18 while blocking for an extra point in a 59-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts. He broke it again in the Patriots' first playoff game, a 41-28 win over the Houston Texans.
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June 15, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Remember when Kellen Winslow Jr. was going to be the next big thing at tight end in the NFL? Cleveland Browns fans and fantasy football players do, and the New York Jets think Winslow has something left to offer. The Jets signed Winslow, who was the sixth overall selection in the 2004 draft, to a one-year contract after he showed flashes of his potential during the team's minicamp this week. "I feel like it would be a great spot,” said Winslow, who turns 30 in July, of sticking with the Jets.
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April 7, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots' free-spirited and highly productive tight end, is considering his options while battling an infection in his surgically repaired left forearm, one of which could delay the start to his season, according to multiple reports Sunday. Gronkowski's camp will meet with Patriots management to discuss his options as he completes a six-week cycle of antibiotic treatment, according to the reports. The Boston Herald first reported that doctors are considering a delay in replacing a plate in his forearm because tissue in the area might still be infected.
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March 1, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Defensive linemen Christian Heyward and DeVante Wilson and tight end Christian Thomas are no longer with USC's football program, an athletic department spokesman said Friday. Those players - and tight end Junior Pomee - were not listed on the roster the school released in advance of Tuesday's start of spring practice. The spokesman declined to comment on their situations. As a redshirt freshman last season, Heyward played in five games. He made three tackles and recovered a fumble.
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February 6, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA has another receiver for Brett Hundley to throw to Thomas Duarte, a receiver from Santa Ana Mater Dei, has signed with the Bruins. Duarte, who is 6 feet 3, 225 pounds, played tight end at Mater Dei. UCLA does not use a tight end often. But he is a fit at Y-back. The Bruins have a need, after losing senior Joseph Fauria. The concern is such that Nate Iese, a linebacker, is expected to get a look at Y-back this spring. ALSO GRAPHIC: UCLA recruits National signing day:UCLA lands defensive end Kylie Fitts National signing day: UCLA gets Sean Covington, Caleb Benenoch  
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February 6, 2013 | By Gary Klein and Richard Winton
USC tight end Junior Pomee is facing felony charges of burglary, grand theft and possession of stolen goods after being arrested last week near the campus on suspicion of receiving stolen property, officials said Wednesday. Pomee, 21,  was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen goods by officers with USC's Department of Public Safety on Jan. 29 at 2:45 a.m. near 642 28th St., Los Angeles Police Sgt. Rudy Lopez said. Two days later, Pomee was charged with five felony counts, including burglary, grand theft and three counts of receiving stolen goods including an iPad, an iPad Mini and iPhone 5, court records show.
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January 30, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
NEW ORLEANS -- There's no crying in football. Unless you're Joe Staley , and you've been relegated to the offensive line. Staley, San Francisco's left tackle, has talked this week about how he cried when Brian Kelly , then his coach at Central Michigan, moved him from tight end to tackle. Coming into college, Staley was a 200-pound receiver who had dreams of reeling in a lot more passes in his football career. Then, he got the bad news. He was neither a born blocker nor a willing one. "I was a freshman and you have no idea how much I just did not want to play offensive line," he said Wednesday.
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January 30, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Tim Tebow is not playing in the Super Bowl. But that didn't stop ESPN anchors Mark Schlereth and Hannah Storm from discussing the New York Jets backup quarterback Tuesday during the network's live coverage. What's that you say? People talk about Tebow all the time? True. But did we mention that Schlereth and Storm did not realize they were on the air at the time? Ah, suddenly things got a lot more interesting as viewers got to hear the two analysts express how they really feel about Tebow's future in the NFL. The not-so-private conversation picked up after Schlereth apparently told Storm that the former Denver Broncos quarterback might want to consider switching to tight end. "But I'm going to tell you, I talked to a bunch of Broncos coaches who said, 'I just don't know if he's a fluid enough athlete to go over and play tight end,' " said Schlerth, emphasizing his doubt about such a move by squinting his eyes and showing his teeth.
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January 21, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez might have played in his final game Sunday. His team lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL championship game, and many are expecting him to call it a career. "It's probably the last time I'm going to wear that uniform," Gonzalez said after the Falcons' 28-24 loss. "I didn't want to take it off, to tell you the truth. All good things come to an end, and like I said all season long, this is probably my last one. What an unbelievable ride.
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December 23, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has set a new record for receptions by a tight end in a single season, the second consecutive day a receiving record has fallen in the NFL. Witten made two catches in overtime against New Orleans on Sunday to give him 103 receptions this season. Tony Gonzalez, who is now with the Atlanta Falcons, set the record with 102 catches when playing for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2004. Witten's two catches in overtime gave him six for 60 yards in the game, which the Saints won, 34-31, on a 20-yard field goal by Garrett Hartley.
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