Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski confirms he squashed trade to Lions

Paul Sancya | AP  Detroit Lions linebacker Eli Harold sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the second half on Sunday night in Detroit

Paul Sancya | AP Detroit Lions linebacker Eli Harold sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the second half on Sunday night in Detroit

The five-time Pro Bowler met with the Pats and the two sides agreed to a plan that would allow Gronkowski to continue to play for the team and talks with the Lions were dropped.

Detroit was about three months removed from hiring former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as its new head coach when a trade appeared imminent.

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The Lions take on the Patriots Sunday night in Detroit. Obviously this year's 1-2 Patriots squad is different from the previous two in any number of ways, however they are perhaps the most adept team in National Football League history at overcoming their failures - even when their early flaws appear to be fatal.

New England hopes to bounce back from last week's loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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The Patriots already know they'll be without three players for Week 3 - Trey Flowers, Eric Rowe and Patrick Chung have already been ruled out. And it certainly looked that way as the Jets dominated the Lions, 48-17. Stafford has attempted 99 passes as the revamped running game has sputtered, with rookie Kerryon Johnson managing a team-high 60 yards on 13 carries. The Lions could be without one of their top defenders with cornerback Darius Slay unable to practice this week due to a concussion.

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