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


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New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead left Week 3 action with a neck injury in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions. Before the 8:25 p.m. kick-off, Belichick emerged from the tunnel and strutted right past the boys' stretched out arms.

Gronkowski wouldn't have reported to any team. It was nothing personal against the Lions or their new Coach Matt Patricia, the Patriots' former defensive coordinator. The Patriots surrendered 376 yards passing to Blake Bortles last Sunday and lost 31-20 at Jacksonville. The two were atop the Patriots receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns list a year ago, combining for 134 catches, 2,166 yards, and 15 touchdowns. And it certainly looked that way as the Jets dominated the Lions, 48-17.

Detroit was in control from the start, creating holes for rookie running back Kerryon Johnson and giving Matthew Stafford time to pass.

That's a stat that dates back to Thanksgiving in 2013 when Reggie Bush ran for 100 yards against the Green Bay Packers. The Lions could be without one of their top defenders with cornerback Darius Slay unable to practice this week due to a concussion.

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