The New England Patriots never cease to surprise.

Usually tight-lipped on injuries, the Patriots released a joint statement with Rob Gronkowski’s family on the tight end’s right knee injury.

“During Sunday night’s game, Rob Gronkowski sustained a bone bruise/sprain of his right knee,” the statement read Tuesday. “His status will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis and listed accordingly on the practice participation and injury reports. There is no timetable for his readiness to return, which will be determined in the days or hours prior to the appropriate game. Any timetable reported prior to that final determination would be speculative.”

Gronkowski took a shot to his right knee during the fourth quarter of the Patriots’ 30-24 overtime loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday night and was carted off the field. Any speculation that the injury was season-ending was put to rest shortly after the game when reports indicated it wasn’t serious.

The Patriots are 10-1 and have a one-game lead over the Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals for the AFC’s No. 1 playoff seed. It could be smart to rest Gronkowski until the playoffs to not further risk serious injury.

Thumbnail photo via Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Nov 29, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) is carted off the field after being injured during the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports