Eric Kettani

Patriots Shuffle To Make Up For Losing Develin

The loss of James Develin to a broken right tibia left the New England Patriots without a fullback on the roster.

Sort of.

"Playing fullback sometimes you see the fullback line up at tight end (and) tight ends line up at fullback," tight end Rob Gronkowski said Monday. "It's all what you can do as a player. You've got to do your job so the more you can do, the better off you are.

"If I ever got called to play fullback, I know when I lined up in the backfield a couple of times and played fullback. So it's definitely a position that interchanges and you can play both."

Develin, injured in Friday night's game at Carolina, could be out six to...