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Lions Release Dan Gronkowski, Sign a Long Snapper

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Apparently Dominic Raiola will not be handling the Lions' long snapper duties in place of the injured Don Muhlbach, because the team signed LS Nathan Hodel today.  The Lions surprisingly released Dan Gronkowski to make room on the roster for Hodel.  Gronkowski finally got a chance to play at tight end during a regular season game last Sunday in Baltimore, and I figured he would continue to get more playing time in the final weeks of the season with Casey FitzSimmons now on IR.  Apparently that isn't the case, though, because Gronkowski is now off the team.

Perhaps Gronkowski will later return to the team by being signed to the practice squad.  That is what happened with Jahi Word-Daniels, who was released earlier this week only to be signed to the practice squad today.  Hopefully that's what will happen with Gronkowski as well, because I think he has potential.