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Will Rob Gronkowski play in Patriots' preseason opener?

Ryan Hannable
August 07, 2018 - 2:12 pm

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will open their preseason slate Thursday night when they host the Redskins at Gillette Stadium.

As is the case with almost all preseason games, the big question is just how much will the starters play?

Following practice Tuesday, tight end Rob Gronkowski was asked if he expects to play, but he didn't have a definitive answer.

"I'm anticipating to play in any game," he said before later adding he typically learns the day of the game. "It's up to the coaches. We'll see what they have for the game coming up in two days."

Dating back to 2013, Gronkowski has played in just two preseason games and both of those came last year (Weeks 2 and 3).

Although it was a light day for the tight end Tuesday, he still had to deal with the tremendous heat, as temperatures rose into the 90s.

"It's definitely tough for sure," Gronkowski said. "But you've just got to grind through it. That's what it's all about. It's the dog days of camp. Nice day today for that. Really sweaty. From the first minute you're out there, I think I was dripping sweat everywhere, my gloves were wet. But you've got to grind through it, stick to it, and just keep on going."

New England will practice once more before the game Thursday night.

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