Patriots release TE Dan Gronkowski

Patriots release TE Dan Gronkowski

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.