Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski almost traded to Lions, threatened to retire

OUT OF ACTION Trey Flowers will not play tonight against the Lions in Detroit because of a concussion nor will Patrick Chung

Former colleagues now foes: Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia are on opposite sidelines, with Patricia trying to notch his first win as an National Football League coach.

The receiver tweaked his hamstring before he was traded, and Rapoport said the team is preparing for Sunday's game for both scenarios involving Gordon. New England will take over near midfield.

The Lions will get starting right guard T.J. The Sunday Night Football game is scheduled to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET, and will be broadcast on NBC.

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Only 20 of the Patriots' 50 catches and 187 of their 511 receiving yards this season have come by wide receivers through two games.

The Patriots' other inactives are offensive tackle Cole Croston, offensive lineman Brian Schwenke, cornerback Eric Rowe (groin), defensive end Trey Flowers (concussion), safety Patrick Chung (concussion) and tight end Jacob Hollister (chest). The Lions tried to change Gronkowski's mind, but the 29-year-old refused to return their phone calls.

After a disastrous 48-17 loss against the Jets to start the season, the Lions played better in Week 2. The Patriots acquired him from the Cleveland Browns last Monday, but the former All-Pro will have to wait to make his debut for New England. Matt Prater connects from 39 yards out to give the Lions an early lead. Lions 3, Patriots 0.

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