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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Patriots agree with Dan Gronkowski

By Mike Reiss
ESPNBoston.com

The New England Patriots have agreed to terms with tight end Dan Gronkowski. Gronkowski, who played in the first two games of the season for the team before injuring his hamstring, had been released Sept. 23.

The Patriots planned to bring Gronkowski (6-foot-5, 255 pounds) back when he returned to full health.

"I'm definitely fired up," Rob Gronkowski, his brother, said Tuesday on ESPN Radio's "Scott Van Pelt Show." "I knew he was going to be back. He just had to get a little healthy again. It's cool he's back, definitely exciting. I can't wait to start playing with him again."

The Patriots have an open roster spot after waiving offensive tackle Thomas Welch on Monday. Welch had been utilized as a sixth blocker over the last two weeks, essentially serving as a blocking tight end.

Dan Gronkowski, in his third NFL season, served a similar-type role in early-season wins over the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers. He was on the field for 40 plays and wasn't targeted in the passing game.

Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com.