Wide receiver Josh Gordon will not make his New England Patriots debut tonight against the Detroit Lions, as the 27-year-old headlines the list of seven Patriots that will be inactive for tonight's Sunday Night Football showdown.
When Gronkowski discovered he could be traded to Detroit that week, he threatened to retire rather than go to the Lions.
Detroit was about three months removed from hiring former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as its new head coach when a trade appeared imminent.
Through three games, New England has allowed 430 yards on the ground (143.3 per game) on 91 carries (4.73 yards per run).
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They also compared the current controversy to the sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas by Anita Hill in 1991. Kavanaugh denies the allegations and has said he would testify to clear his name.
On Sunday, the Patriots defense played very much as it had in its first two games.
Tight end Jacob Hollister, who has shown promise as a receiving target, also was also inactive.
The Patriots and Lions were apparently closing in on a blockbuster deal involving Gronkowski during the week of the NFL Draft. They lost Jordan Matthews to a hamstring injury and Eric Decker to retirement in the preseason, and have had a parade of receivers come through every week, including Corey Coleman.