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Patriots’ Gronkowski, Dobson Ruled “Out” Against Bills

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Rob Gronkowski. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – Five Patriots have been downgraded to “out” for Sunday’s season opener in Buffalo, including tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Gronkowski (back/forearm) was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report, but was among the group of Pats downgraded late Saturday.

In addition to Gronkowski, wide receiver Aaron Dobson (hamstring), running back Brandon Bolden (knee), defensive back Duron Harmon (hamstring) and defensive back Nate Ebner (ankle) were also ruled out. The four were listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report — giving them a 50-50 chance of playing.

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Those five players join offensive lineman Will Svitek (knee), who was listed as out on Friday.

The Pats also made four roster moves on Saturday, re-signing running back and kick returner Leon Washington. Washing was originally signed by New England in March but was released last week.

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New England also added offensive lineman Josh Kline, who was signed to the practice squad on Wednesday, to the 53-man roster.

Defensive lineman A.J. Francis was also released on Saturday, with offensive lineman Braxston Cave being signed to the practice squad.

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