The Patriots released tight end Dan Gronkowski Friday.
Gronkowski was signed by the Patriots September 7 and played in New England's first two games. He's played 16 total games in two years of NFL service.
With Aaron Hernandez listed as out on the injury report, the team has just one active tight end on the roster heading into Week 3 -- Dan's brother, Rob.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots took different approaches as the National Anthem played on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Many, including safety and captain Devin McCourty, took a knee. Others stood and linked arms.
On the opposite sideline, it appeared as though every member of the Texans stood on the sidelines and linked arms.
Those joining McCourty on a knee included Stephon Gilmore, Malcolm Butler, Lawrence Guy, Johnson Bademosi, Alan Branch, Brandon King, Malcom Brown and rookies Deatrich Wise and Adam Butler.
Among those linking arms were Tom Brady, Phillip Dorsett, Cassius Marsh, Matthew Slater, David Harris and Dwayne Allen.