Rob Gronkowski Reportedly Headlines Quartet Of 2016 Patriots Captains

The New England Patriots on Tuesday selected four players to serve as captains for the 2016 season, according to a report from ESPN’s Field Yates.

Safety Devin McCourty and special teamer Matthew Slater — both of whom have been captains since 2011 — will be joined this season by tight end Rob Gronkowski and linebacker Dont’a Hightower, per Yates.

Quarterback Tom Brady, defensive end Rob Ninkovich and tackle Nate Solder all served as captains in 2015 but will not to begin the 2016 campaign. Brady and Ninkovich both are suspended until Week 5, and it will be interesting to see whether their captaincy will be reinstated once their suspensions expire.

The other two Patriots captains from last season, guard Ryan Wendell and linebacker Jerod Mayo, no longer are with the team.

Thumbnail photo via Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Oct 25, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) on the side line during the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots won 30-23. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

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