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Patriots Release TE Dan Gronkowski

The New England Patriots have released back-up tight end Dan Gronkowski after just two weeks on the team.  Gronkowski was signed to the team on September 7th and made appearances in each of the teams first two regular season games of the year but did not record a reception in either.

The move comes as a little bit of a surprise following the news that starting tight end Aaron Hernandez will miss at least the next four weeks thanks a sprain of his MCL.

Gronkowski is the younger brother of star tight end Rob Gronkowski who has compiled  10 catches for 172 yards and three touchdowns so far this season.

The Patriots will be in Buffalo this weekend to take on the Bills, who are off to a surprising 2-0 start after wins over the Kansas City Cheifs and Oakland Raiders.  The winner will take an all important step in establishing a lead within the AFC East.