Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski Expected To Play Against Texans

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski made the trip with the team to Houston in advance of the team's game against the Texans, and it appears he will play in spite of a knee sprain which had him listed as questionable on the Patriots' final injury report of the week.

Both Gronkowski and wide receiver Julian Edelman returned to practice this week, although Edelman has been ruled out of Sunday's game as he continues his road back from a foot injury. Gronkowski, on the other hand, appears to be in good enough shape to return to the lineup.

That'll be huge for a Patriots offense that could be missing WR Danny Amendola who is questionable with a knee issue. Multiple reports indicate that Amendola should be able to go, but no official word has come out.

Regardless, having Gronkowski back will be a boon for a Patriots offense that relies on him both as a playmaker and a decoy for both the passing game and the rushing games. Defenses have to account for Gronk at all times, opening holes for halfbacks and one-on-one matchips for other aerial weapons.

In other Patriots injury report news, both linebacker Dont'a Hightower and guard Josh Kline have been ruled out for Sunday's game. Hightower is dealing with a knee injury while Kline is sidelined by a shoulder problem.

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