ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on "Sunday NFL Countdown" that the New England Patriots were "deep into trade discussions" with the Lions surrounding Gronkowski at the time of the draft earlier this year, but Gronk took a hard stance against the deal.
Tight end Jacob Hollister, who has shown promise as a receiving target, also was also inactive.
Speaking after the 26-10 loss to the Lions Sunday night, Gronkowski was asked about the report.
When word of the trade reached Gronkowski he rejected phone calls from the Lions front office and threatened to retire.
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Through three games, New England has allowed 430 yards on the ground (143.3 per game) on 91 carries (4.73 yards per run).
Gordon did go through what seemed to be a considerable workout during the pregame festivities at Ford Field, though, working with both inactive talents and his share of Patriot regulars.
Gordon had one catch for 17 yards in Week 1 for the Browns.
Gronkowski, 29, pondered walking away altogether following Super Bowl LII in February, but he met with Patriots brass to discuss his future, which included only catching balls from quarterback Tom Brady. New England ultimately pulled the plug on the trade.