By Tom E. Curran
The Patriots now have two Gronkowskis on the roster . . . again. They have re-signed Dan Gronkowski, older brother of Rob Gronkowski, to bolster their tight end corps.
The re-signing was first reported by the Boston Herald.
Gronkowski was released before the Patriots traveled back to the Gronkowskis hometown for their Week 3 game against the Buffalo Bills.
The Patriots originally signed Gronkowski in September, and he played the first two games of the season for New England. He spent the two previous years of his career in Detroit and Denver.
On Monday the Patriots released Tom Welch, a tackle who was often inserted as a tight end in the limited snaps he played.
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Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.
"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.
"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.
Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."
Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.