Former colleagues now foes: Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia are on opposite sidelines, with Patricia trying to notch his first win as an National Football League coach.
Here is the full list of Patriots inactives: Gordon, tight end Jacob Hollister, safety Patrick Chung, defensive end Trey Flowers, cornerback Eric Rowe, and offensive linemen Brian Schwenke and Cole Croston.
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The Lions will get starting right guard T.J. The Lions tried to change Gronkowski's mind, but the 29-year-old refused to return their phone calls.
Receiver Josh Gordon won't make his Patriots' debut tonight as New England listed him among its inactives. Detroit will need an impressive effort to avoid a three-game losing streak at the start of Matt Patricia's tenure as he battles his former boss Bill Belichick. The Lions enter Sunday with an 0-2 record. New England is 45-6 after a loss since the 2003 season, last dropping back-to-back regular-season games in 2015. Golladay was called down at the 1-yard line.
Over the first two games, he has caught passes for 138 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Matthew Stafford was 5-for-6 through the air on the drive.