Jul 24, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) runs through drills during training camp at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Philbin on Gronkowski playing: 'We'll be ready for him'

The Miami Dolphins kick off their season this Sunday with a tough task at home when they welcome the AFC East rivals New England Patriots into town.

The task of beating Tom Brady and the Patriots got a lot more difficult today when it was reported that Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski will in fact be playing for the Patriots this coming Sunday.

If there was any doubts to the reports, Gronkowski’s latest tweet essentially proves that he will definitely be on the field for the Patriots this Sunday:

When the news broke that Gronkowski would be playing, Dolphins media quickly got a quote from head coach Joe Philbin regarding how Gronkowski’s availability affects the game. Not surprisingly, Philbin noted that the Dolphins are prepared for Gronkowski and the Patriots this weekend.

Dolphins media also got a quote from defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle, who will now have to deal with the unsavory task of stopping Gronkowski.

There is no question Brady and Gronkowski will test the Dolphins this weekend, but we will just have to wait and see how the team responds.

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