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For Gronk, Sunday features another round with Sergio Brown

Rob Gronkowski and Sergio Brown (38) clashed in last season’s game in Indianapolis.
Rob Gronkowski and Sergio Brown (38) clashed in last season’s game in Indianapolis.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH – Sunday’s game against the Jaguars will once again put Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in the company – and close vicinity – of safety Sergio Brown. These two have a history.

It was Brown who broke Gronkowski’s arm in a 2012 game with Indianapolis, when the safety was playing for the Colts. When the teams met last season, Gronkowski and Brown became tangled well away from the ball, with Gronkowski driving Brown out of bounds and landing on him hard. The move – Gronkowski said he “threw him out of the club” – resulted in a penalty on Gronkowski and a fine of more than $8,000.

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Now Brown is with Jacksonville, so the player who injured and provoked Gronkowski will be waiting on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

Gronkowski said he’ll be looking forward to it.

“He’s a good player. I have respect for how he prepares for the game, how hard he works, and him as a player,” Gronkowski said. “It’s not just about Sergio Brown, though, it’s about the whole defense, too.”

As for all the yapping between the two players?

“It can be fun, depending on how the game is going, what part of the game it is, what quarter, what’s the score. It’s always part of a game, the emotions always come flying high when it comes to Sunday due to all the hitting, all the competing,” Gronkowski said. “But sometimes I do like the yapping. Sometimes I give it, sometimes I get it. It’s all part of the game.”


Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.