The New England Patriots could be without tight end Rob Gronkowski again.
Gronkowski, who missed Week 1 with a hamstring injury, was limited in practice again on Thursday according to the Boston Herald. Of course, this was during media access so there is no definitive word on Gronk’s availability for the Pats’ game vs. the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
The Boston Herald reported that Gronkowski was favoring his hamstring in practice on Wednesday.
New England also held linebacker Dont’a Hightower out of practice for the second straight day due to a knee injury. Hightower suffered the injury Sunday vs. the Arizona Cardinals.
That’s four big-time starters that could be out against the AFC East rival Dolphins. Quarterback Tom Brady is, of course, serving his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate and tailback Dion Lewis is out after surgery on his left knee during the offseason.
The Patriots still put up some big yardage in Week 1 without key starters. Quarterback Jimmy Garappolo stepped in and passed for 264 yards with 1 touchdown and LaGarrette Blount rushed for 70 yards and a score.