Friday September 5th, 2014

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to play Sunday against the Miami DolphinsIan Rapoport reports.

Gronkowski played in just seven of the Patriots' regular season games in 2013. The tight end missed the first six games due to surgery he had on his forearm and back during the offseason. In Week 14, Gronkowski tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee and missed the rest of the season.

Rapoport reports that though Gronkowski will play, he may see limited snaps.

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On Monday, Gronkowski told reporters he would play in the Patriots' season opener. On Tuesday, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said no decision had been made regarding the tight end's status for the game.

The last time Gronkowski played a full season was in 2011, when he had 90 catches for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns. Since then, he has missed 14 regular season games.

The 25-year-old did not play in any of the Patriots' four preseason games.

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