FOXBORO -- When it became clear that Rob Gronkowski would be active for Thursday night's game between the Patriots and the Texans, the thought was, "Well, Jacoby Brissett could use the help."
And maybe he could have, but Brissett got through his first professional start, and won it, by throwing to Gronkowski just once in New England's 27-0 win.
The pass came with 2:16 remaining in the first quarter and sailed high over Gronkowski's head and out of the end zone, leading to a 24-yard field goal try from kicker Stephen Gostkowski.
"Oh yeah, that wasn't that good," Gronkowski said with a laugh. "We're just going to throw that one out. I don't even know if I want to watch it. But it's all good. We got that win, baby."
Outside of that snap, Gronkowski was used purely for his blocking ability. He saw action on 14 plays in all, according to ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss.
After missing the first two games of the season due to a hamstring injury he suffered on Aug. 15, Thursday night's prime-time contest was his first game action since the AFC title game back in January. He has been listed as a limited participant in practice since the start of the regular season, when the team's first injury reports were published.
"Felt good just to be back out there," Gronkowski said. "Felt good to be back out there, getting my feet wet. Now we got off for a little bit, can get really right."
The Patriots will have some time off before they begin their preparations for the Bills in a Week 4 matchup at Gillette Stadium. That time could benefit Gronkowski as he seemed to indicate he was still operating at less than 100 percent against the Texans.
The injury didn't worsen during the game, though, Gronkowski explained.
"It's good," he said. "Responded well. No nothing. I'm all set. I'm all good. It just felt good to be back out there with my team to get my feet wet."