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Week 3 Patriots vs Texans: “There’s a real chance” that TE Rob Gronkowski will play

The Patriots All Pro tight end could make his 2016 NFL debut

The New England Patriots need all hands on deck with rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett and it would appear that the biggest hands on the roster could see his first playing time in 2016.

Gronkowski will be a game-time decision, but the Houston Texans have prepared all week as if Gronkowski will be active.

Gronkowski has been hobbled with a hamstring injury that sidelined him on August 15th. He’s slowly been working his way back, while offseason acquisition Martellus Bennett has been shining in his stead. Gronkowski was listed as probable in this week’s final injury report.

The return of Gronkowski will be huge for the offense because he and Bennett will form one of the most dominant tight end pairings in NFL history and can alleviate some of the pressure that will be bearing down on Brissett.