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Updates on 3 Patriots players, including Rob Gronkowski, who were injured vs. Dolphins

Ryan Hannable
September 30, 2018 - 5:34 pm
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FOXBORO -- It wasn't all good news for the Patriots in their 38-7 win over the Dolphins on Sunday, as they had three players leave the game due to injury.

Although no official word on any of the players has come out, here's what we know now.

Rob Gronkowski -- The Patriots tight end came into the game on the injury report with an ankle injury and wasn't used on the field like in past games. He was more involved in the blocking game and even stayed into block on a number of passing plays. In addition, he didn't run many routes down the field.

In the third quarter, after making a catch for a first down, he took himself out of the game. Once reaching the sidelines the training staff came over and ushered him to the bench where they looked at his lower right leg. After the Patriots scored on that drive, Gronkowski moved around fine to congratulate his teammates, but then went to the locker room and didn't return.

Gronkowski wasn't in the locker room after the game to address reporters, but based on the score when he left -- 31-0 -- it seems like that was the biggest reason for him leaving the game, as well as the team having a short week this week. It certainly is something to watch this week, though. The Patriots officially said he was questionable to return with an ankle injury.

Adam Butler -- The Patriots' defensive tackle was injured in the fourth quarter and was down for several minutes with the training staff, and even Bill Belichick coming out to take a look at him. It appeared to be a lower leg injury, but he did not go to the locker room and remained on the sidelines the rest of the game.

Butler spoke to reporters in the locker room after the game, which is always a good sign, and said he was OK.

Elandon Roberts -- Roberts had trouble getting up on a play late in the fourth quarter and slowly walked off the field with the training staff. It was unclear what was bothering him, but in the locker room after the game he was moving around very slowly. The linebacker did not speak to the media. The Patriots cannot afford to lose him after placing rookie linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley on injured reserve this week.

The Patriots didn't announce anything during the game on his status.

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