UPDATE: Gronkowski will not return after suffering back injury vs. Jets

UPDATE: Gronkowski will not return after suffering back injury vs. Jets

UPDATE, 6:12 P.M. -- The Patriots announce Rob Gronkowski will not return to the game.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Flanked by team medical personnel, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski headed to the New England locker room with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter with what was reported as a back injury. His return is questionable. 

Joe Van Allen, the team's assistant athletic trainer, team physician Dr. Mark Price and team chaplain Jack Easterby accompanied Gronkowski to the locker room. 

Gronkowski was questionable for the game with a chest injury. He missed last week's game at San Francisco with a reported lung injury sustained when he was hit by Seattle safety Earl Thomas. 

Gronkowski was targeted twice on first-quarter throws. On the first, he was led deep downfield by Tom Brady but was unable to haul in the throw. He stumbled after extending and was landed on by Jets defenders. 

Gronk also was isolated on a third-down throw down the right sideline, which fell incomplete. He appeared to have had his left arm yanked as the ball approached but there was no flag. Gronkowski departed after that play. 

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.