The Patriots will be without their All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski for the second consecutive game when they take on the Dolphins at Gillette Stadium.
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According to Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran, Gronkowski is close to being ready to make his regular-season debut, but his hamstring injury is still significant enough to keep him sidelined for Sunday's AFC East matchup.
The Patriots have a quick turnaround for their Week 3 game on Thursday night against the Texans. It's unclear as to whether or Gronkowski will be healthy enough to play in that game, but another few days off should increase his chances.
Gronkowski suffered the hamstring injury on Aug. 15 during a joint training-camp practice with the Bears and was forced to miss last week's season opener in Arizona. In his absence, the Patriots used tight end Martellus Bennett primarily as a blocker.
ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report that Gronkowski would not play against the Dolphins.
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.