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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will be a game-time decision vs. the Houston Texans on Thursday night, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.

Rapoport adds that there’s optimism Gronkowski, who missed Weeks 1 and 2 with a hamstring injury sustained in training camp, is ready to make his 2016 debut.

Gronkowski’s return to the lineup would be a welcome boost for the Patriots, who are expected to start rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett on a short week after Jimmy Garoppolo’s shoulder injury in Week 2.

Despite missing Gronkowski and starting quarterback Tom Brady, among others, in Weeks 1 and 2, the Patriots enter Thursday’s contest at 2-0.

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