Gronkowski says no setbacks for hamstring after being limited vs. Texans

Gronkowski says no setbacks for hamstring after being limited vs. Texans

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. 

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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."

Ex-Patriots TE Martellus Bennett announces retirement

Ex-Patriots TE Martellus Bennett announces retirement

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.


Arrest made in burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house

Arrest made in burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house

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.