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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says he will play Week 1

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says he will play Week 1 Photo: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will play in New England's Week 1 game against the Dolphins, he told reporters Monday.  "Definitely not every single snap." he said. "But just get out there, get my feet wet, whatever we game-plan this week, will be good."

Gronkowski, who had surgery in January to repair a torn ACL, had said throughout training camp that he planned to be ready to go when the regular season began. 

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Injuries to his knee, back and forearm have limited the 25-year-old to just 18 games in the past two seasons combined. In 2011, Gronkowski set records for most receiving yards (1,327) and touchdowns (17) by a tight end in a season.

The Patriots acquired tight end Tim Wright in a trade with the Buccaneers last week. 

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