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

Report: TE Rob Gronkowski almost traded inside NFC North

The Patriots play the winless Lions in Week 3. Trey Flowers, the team's top defensive lineman, was knocked out of last week's game with a concussion and safety Patrick Chung also suffered a concussion - both have yet to practice this week and their availability looks increasingly in question.

Once Gronkowski threatened to retire, he and the Patriots met to map out a plan that would keep Gronkowski on the team for his entire career.

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.

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Watch Local 4 for special pre- and post-game coverage all Sunday night. Detroit will need an impressive effort to avoid a three-game losing streak at the start of Matt Patricia's tenure as he battles his former boss Bill Belichick.

Gordon was trying to get acclimated to the Patriots offense while battling a hamstring injury this week. Tom Brady threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns in the defeat.

The Packers go on the road to face Gronkowski and the Patriots in November.

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