FOXBORO -- The Patriots have finally announced who will be playing quarterback for them on Thursday night, and it won't be Jimmy Garoppolo.
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Garoppolo, as expected, was one of seven Patriots inactives announced about 90 minutes before Bill Belichick's club kicked off with the Texans. Linebacker Dont'a Hightower will miss his second consecutive game due to a knee injury he suffered in Week 1 against the Cardinals. Tight end AJ Derby -- who played quarterback at Iowa and Arkansas before changing positions, and could have potentially backed up rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett -- is a healthy scratch.
Other healthy scratches include running back DJ Foster and LaAdrian Waddle. Corner Eric Rowe (ankle) and guard Jonathan Cooper (foot) will also be out.
One notable exclusion on the list of inactives is tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has not played in the regular season due to a hamstring injury. Gronkowski will be active, meaning that the Patriots will have an opportunity to deploy their two-tight-end sets with Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett for the first time this season.
Martellus Bennett is moving on from the game of football.
The former Patriots tight end announced his retirement Friday night on Twitter, stating he is shifting his focus to his multimedia production company, The Imagination Agency.
Bennett, 31, had 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games during the 2016 season with New England. After rejoining the Patriots in 2017, Bennett battled hamstring and shoulder injuries but did play in two games, catching six passes for 53 yards.
Bennett also played with the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, and Packers over the course of his 10-year career.
An arrest has been made in the Super Bowl week burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house.
Foxboro police announced Friday they have arrested 31-year-old Anthony Almeida, who has been charged with breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and malicious destruction of property.
The police also said they are searching for two other suspects, 26-year-old Shayne Denn and 28-year-old Eric Tyrrell.
Items taken from Gronkowski's house in the burglary included an Apple Watch, Rolex, and rare coins from the 1800s. Fortunately, those items have been recovered and Gronk will be getting them back. Police are still searching for the guns that were stolen from the house.