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Rob Gronkowski to miss Dolphins game

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NFL: Preseason-New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins will not have to face the New England Patriots with tight end Rob Gronkowski during Sunday’s Week 2 contest, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Gronkowski, who is dealing with a hamstring injury, also missed last week’s game for the Patriots against the Arizona Cardinals.

Gronkowski was limited in practice all week, with some thought that he might be able to make his 2016 debut with a snap-count type of limitation. That, however, does not seem to be the case now.

The Patriots will use Martellus Bennett as the top tight end. Last week, Bennett caught three passes for 14 yards. The Patriots beat the Arizona Cardinals 23-21 last week.

Gronkowski earned his fourth Pro Bowl selection and third First-Team All-Pro selection last year, playing in 15 games and catching 72 for 1,176 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The Dolphins and Patriots kickoff at 1pm ET this afternoon.