Nothing personal, Lions, but Rob Gronkowski reportedly nixed a trade

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Elsewhere on the inactive list, Patriot mainstays Patrick Chung and Trey Flowers will sit out tonight's contest. He was limited all week in practice with a hamstring injury, and had officially been listed as questionable, giving him 50-50 odds of playing. Shortly after news broke that Gordon wouldn't be seeing game action at Ford Field, countless Patriots fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment. With Gordon out and Julian Edelman suspended, only three wide receivers - Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson - will lineup on offense.

Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) is inactive, potentially giving Tom Brady more time to pass.

"Patriots are a great team, great ownership, great head coach, great players and we've got a huge challenge in front of us", said Patricia, who spent 14 seasons with New England, six as defensive coordinator. He has no time for anyone that isn't on his team and helping him win football games. He is 11-4 against Eric Mangini, Romeo Crennel, Josh McDaniels, and Bill O'Brien.

The Packers go on the road to face Gronkowski and the Patriots in November.

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