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NFL Week 1 Injury Update: Graham In, Gronk Out

September 10, 2016 • Ben Heck • AFC East, Features, Front Page, Injuries, New England Patriots, NFC West, Seattle Seahawks

We’re just over 24 hours from the kick-off of Sunday Week 1 action across the National Football League, and there’s been some bad news reported over the last 12 hours or so. It could have a large impact on your fantasy lineup heading into tomorrow.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski will not play on Sunday night.

I know, shocker right?

In his six-year career, the four-time Pro Bowler has started a full 16-game slate just once (2011), and his injury history is no secret. The 27-year old caught 72 passes for 1,176 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, which marked his third career 1,100+ receiving yard season and his fifth 10+ touchdown season. I don’t see the hamstring injury keeping Gronkowski out for any longer than Sunday night’s season opener against Arizona, and we should see him suit up next week.

But for now, be sure to add New England back-up Martellus Bennett to your fantasy team as a Gronk replacement.

The good news for the tight end position this weekend, however, is that Jimmy Graham is expected to play against the Dolphins tomorrow. Graham, 29, played in just 11 games last season (48 catches, 605 yards, 2 TD), and tore his patellar tendon in a Week 12 match-up with the Steelers. He’ll finally be back on the field for Russell Wilson’s Seahawks on Sunday.

Photo: Jim Rogash/Getty Images

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