Two early Sunday reports say the Dolphins won’t have to deal with New England All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski in their 1 p.m. game against the Patriots.
A second week of rest for Gronkowski’s injured hamstring means the Dolphins will face a Patriots team without future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady and New England’s best red zone weapon. Brady’s serving the second of a four-game suspension deriving from the Deflategate case.
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Then again, without Brady and Gronkowski, New England still won its opener, 23-21, on the road against expected Super Bowl contender Arizona. The Dolphins, meanwhile, lost 12-10 at Seattle. Home teams held serve in this series from 2013-16, including a late season 2013 upset by the Dolphins when the difference in red zone success dictated the outcome.
Gronkowski missed that game with an injury.