Patriots say Rob Gronkowski, 2 others will miss opener

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tight end Rob Gronkowski will miss the New England Patriots’ opener against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night because of a hamstring injury.

The team confirmed Friday night that Gronkowski had been downgraded from questionable to out for the game. Also missing the game will be offensive linemen Jonathan Cooper and Nate Solder.

The Providence Journal first reported that the players did not travel with the team to Phoenix.

Gronkowski has been a limited participant in practice this week with the injury he sustained during a joint training camp practice with the Bears on Aug. 15. He didn’t play in any of New England’s preseason games.


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