The New England Patriots' 41-28 win over the Houston Texans in the American Football Conference, or AFC, divisional playoffs came at a high price, with star tight end Rob Gronkowski being lost for the rest of the playoffs due to an injury.

The Patriots have not officially confirmed the type of injury sustained by Gronkowski, who left Sunday's game against the Texans in the 1st quarter, but National Football League sources said the tight end once again fractured his left arm.

Gronkowski injured himself while trying to catch a pass from quarterback Tom Brady.

The tight end reinjured the arm that he first broke on Nov. 18, causing him to miss five regular season games.

Gronkowski, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, will have to undergo surgery, media reports said.

The big tight end was spotted by reporters leaving Gillete Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, but he refused to comment on his injury. EFE