Tom Brady will not have one of his favorite targets Thursday against the Buccaneers.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is inactive because of a bruised thigh that limited him this week in practice.
Gronkowski, who has 20 receptions for 318 yards and two touchdowns this season, was expected to play after being added to the injury report Wednesday. He was listed as questionable on Wednesday’s injury report for the game at Raymond James Stadium. The Patriots had previously ruled safety Eric Rowe (groin) and running back Rex Burkhead (ribs) out for Thursday’s game.
With Gronkowski out, Dwayne Allen is expected to get the majority of targets at the tight end position against a Bucs defense that will be without linebackers Kwon Alexander (hamstring) and Lavonte David (ankle) and safeties Keith Tandy and T.J. Ward, who both have injured hips.
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