Patriots Relese TE Dan Gronkowski

The Patriots have released tight end Dan Gronkowski, whose brother Rob is the starting TE for the Pats.

There is no word yet on a corresponding roster move, but the Pats could add an offensive lineman to add depth now that starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer has been ruled out of Sunday’s game at Buffalo.

Dan Gronkowski had been on the injury report this week with a hamstring injury, and the move could be a case of the team needing to create roster space and doing so with an injured player who wouldn’t have been part of the 46-man game-day roster.

With Gronkowski released and Aaron Hernandez ruled out for the game with a knee injury, the Patriots have just one tight end available Sunday — Rob Gronkowski. This opens the possibility that Garrett Mills could be promoted off the practice squad.

Gronkowski had been signed by the Patriots on September 7th. He played in the first two games of the season, primarily in a blocking role.

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