On Monday the Lions looked like a team with a plan on offence and defence under their first-year coach, and former New England assistant.
Tight end Jacob Hollister, who has shown promise as a receiving target, also was also inactive.
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He has complained that outside Democratic groups are providing O'Rourke with a fundraising advantage. Cruz and O'Rourke will face off again September 30 in Houston and October 16 in San Antonio.
It sounds as if Gronkowski killed off the trade attempt with threats to retire and an unwillingness to work with those inside the Lions organization.
New England has been desperate for wide receiver help with Cooks gone and Julian Edelman serving a suspension. However, they lost 30-27 at San Francisco.
The Patriots (1-2) have had weaknesses exposed on both sides of the ball, losing two of their first three games for the first time since 2012.