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As expected, Gronk officially in, Garoppolo officially out

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 11:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots watches during pre game drills before a preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Patriots submitted their inactive list 90 minutes before kickoff Thursday, and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is officially out.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski is active and will make his season debut. He missed the first two games with a hamstring injury and had been listed as questionable.

Garoppolo had been listed as doubtful. Rookie Jacoby Brissett will start at quarterback, and wide receiver Julian Edelman will be the emergency quarterback.

Also inactive for the Patriots are linebacker Dont’a Hightower, cornerback Eric Rowe, running back D.J. Foster, offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle, tight end A.J. Derby and offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper.

There were no surprises among the Texans’ inactives as linebacker Brian Cushing, tackle Duane Brown and wide receiver Braxton Miller were previously announced as out. Also inactive for the Texans are defensive tackle Devon Still, quarterback Brandon Weeden, offensive lineman Oday Aboushi and safety Eddie Pleasant.

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17 Responses to “As expected, Gronk officially in, Garoppolo officially out”
  1. JSpicoli says: Sep 22, 2016 7:20 PM

    There’s a game tonight?

  2. mzew233 says: Sep 22, 2016 7:25 PM

    Sit him until December after tonight as far as I’m concerned. Only thing worse than a Brady injury is a Gronk injury. At this point possibly even more important.

  3. terripet says: Sep 22, 2016 7:26 PM

    I hope Julie has to go in and gets pounded

  4. MiamiDolphinsNation says: Sep 22, 2016 7:35 PM

    Texans will stomp em easily tonight.😉

  5. donbat67 says: Sep 22, 2016 7:38 PM

    Gronk hammy good .

  6. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Sep 22, 2016 7:43 PM

    He’ll be hurt again in a few weeks, as per usual.

  7. 6ball says: Sep 22, 2016 7:45 PM

    The loss of Hightower has gone somewhat unnoticed. However, he’s the play caller and field general for the defense. There’s a distinct drop-off after Hightower.

  8. cadreamer1969 says: Sep 22, 2016 7:45 PM

    AS EXPECTED? The media has been wetting themselves about Jimmy G being forced to play or not. Guess it was just SOP for Pats haters in the media.

  9. carloswlassiter says: Sep 22, 2016 7:47 PM

    Very disappointed we will not be seeing ex-Arkansas QB A.J. Derby slinging it tonight for New England.

  10. dejc421 says: Sep 22, 2016 7:59 PM

    MiamiDolphinsNation says:
    Sep 22, 2016 7:35 PM
    Texans will stomp em easily tonight
    They better or go home embarrassed, its not like the Pats were playing the dolphins

  11. The Truth says: Sep 22, 2016 8:01 PM

    Nfl is garbage, a 3 1/2 hour commercial with 11 minutes of real action played by lousy teams. League is so bad you have practice squad players starting at qb and winning games. Garbage. Put the clemson game on and watch football like it supposed to be played, fast and exciting .

  12. carloswlassiter says: Sep 22, 2016 8:05 PM

    terripet says:
    Sep 22, 2016 7:26 PM

    I hope Julie has to go in and gets pounded


    Honestly, it’s more likely he goes in, is 13 for 17 and fires 2 TD’s to win it in the 4th quarter.

  13. dimi1919 says: Sep 22, 2016 8:44 PM

    Isn’t Edelman like 5 ft 2? How is he gonna see who’s open.

  14. PFT's Most Moderated says: Sep 22, 2016 9:00 PM

    Yep, ‘ol Mr. Glass will tweak something tonight and be out another 2-4 weeks.

  15. grabgrabgrab says: Sep 22, 2016 9:05 PM

    Soft Pats schedule as usual. Houston looks God Awful — again.

  16. unbiasednfltruth says: Sep 22, 2016 9:36 PM

    I haven’t seen Gronk at all

  17. craigbhill says: Sep 23, 2016 1:18 AM

    explanation for “grabgrab” re Pats’ “soft schedule”:

    The Patriots’ sched looks soft considering how they demolish inferiority with their superior 3rd string rook. The league IS 95% inferior to Patriots’ play, no matter the schedule. Look it up and get used to it!

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