The Patriots brought an early end to suspense about tight end Rob Gronkowski’s status in Week One by leaving him at home when they traveled to Arizona to face the Cardinals.
It’s a home game for the Patriots this week, so there wasn’t a need to go beyond listing Gronkowski as questionable on Friday. It does look like things are going to play out the same way when it comes to putting him on the field, however.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Gronkowski will not play against the Dolphins on Sunday. Gronkowski hurt his hamstring in the middle of August and has been a limited participant in practice the last two weeks.
The Patriots were able to beat the Cardinals without Gronk’s help last weekend. Martellus Bennett played almost the entire game at tight end, catching three passes in his Patriots debut.
The Patriots had eight other players listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. That group includes left tackle Nate Solder and guard Jonathan Cooper, both of whom joined Gronkowski on the inactive list in Week One.