The 2016 NFL season kicks off tonight at the Carolina Panters take on the Denver Broncos in a rematch from Super Bowl 50.
The New England Patriots start their campaign against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night and will have to do it without Tom Brady, who will be sitting out the first of his four suspended games.
However, it might not just be the star quarterback who is missing against the Cardinals, with Rob Gronkowski struggling as well.
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While speaking to reporters today, the All-Pro tight end confirmed that he has been struggling in the past few weeks with a hamstring problem that has been limiting him, via Courtney Fallon of NFL Network.
NFL.com's insider Ian Rapoport took things one step further, claiming that it is a possibility that Gronkowski will also be sat on the sidelines when Sunday night rolls around.
Losing Gronk would be a massive blow to the Patriots who are already having to make do with a backup quarterback starting four games in Jimmy Garoppolo - as well as an offensive line that is already missing its best player for the season.
Bill Belichick and the Pats would've been counting on Gronk to be the number one target for Garoppolo to try and make the games as easy as possible. Having the number one tight end in the league is a huge safety blanket for QB's, especially ones with no starts.
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