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Patriots' Hotel Fire Alarm Goes Off In Middle Of Night

Jan 27, 2015 12:31 PM

The fire alarm at the team hotel of the New England Patriots went off at 1:25 AM local time Tuesday morning.

The alarm was shut off shortly thereafter.

The Patriots' first practice of the week will be on Wednesday.

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NFL Zeroing In Deflategate Investigation On Locker Room Attendant

Jan 26, 2015 3:37 PM

The NFL has zeroed in on a locker room attendant of the New England Patriots who allegedly took balls from the locker room of the officials to another area on his way to the field.

Sources say the NFL has interviewed him and they also have video of him.

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Belichick: Patriots Followed Every Rule

Jan 25, 2015 6:37 PM

Bill Belichick stated that the New England Patriots "followed every rule" in preparing their footballs for last Sunday's AFC Championship Game, offering several potential reasons behind the "Deflategate" controversy that has followed his team during the last week.

Belichick had an unscheduled press conference on Saturday one day after the NFL announced it has not drawn any conclusions yet on the underinflated footballs.

"I believe now 100 percent that I have personally and we as an organization have absolutely followed every rule to the letter," Belichick said.

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Investigation Of Deflated Balls Led By Pash, Wells

Jan 23, 2015 2:10 PM

The NFL issued a statement Friday to provide an update on the league's investigation if the Patriots intentionally deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game against the Colts.

The league announced that the investigation is being led by NFL executive vice president Jeff Pash and Ted Wells, an attorney from the Paul Weiss law firm. Wells was tapped to conduct the league's investigation concerning allegations of workplace misconduct with the Miami Dolphins in November 2013.

The statement is below in full:

"Our office has been conducting an investigation as to whether the footballs used in last Sunday's AFC Championship Game complied with the specifications that are set forth in the playing rules. The investigation began based on information that suggested that the game balls used by the New England Patriots were not properly inflated to levels required by the playing rules, specifically Playing Rule 2, Section 1, which requires that the ball be inflated to between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch. Prior to the game, the game officials inspect the footballs to be used by each team and confirm that this standard is satisfied, which was done before last Sunday'€™s game.

"The investigation is being led jointly by NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash and Ted Wells of the law firm of Paul Weiss. Mr. Wells and his firm bring additional expertise and a valuable independent perspective. The investigation began promptly on Sunday night. Over the past several days, nearly 40 interviews have been conducted, including of Patriots personnel, game officials, and third parties with relevant information and expertise. We have obtained and are continuing to obtain additional information, including video and other electronic information and physical evidence. We have retained Renaissance Associates, an investigatory firm with sophisticated forensic expertise to assist in reviewing electronic and video information.

"The playing rules are intended to protect the fairness and integrity of our games. We take seriously claims that those rules have been violated and will fully investigate this matter without compromise or delay. The investigation is ongoing, will be thorough and objective, and is being pursued expeditiously. In the coming days, we expect to conduct numerous additional interviews, examine video and other forensic evidence, as well as relevant physical evidence. While the evidence thus far supports the conclusion that footballs that were under-inflated were used by the Patriots in the first half, the footballs were properly inflated for the second half and confirmed at the conclusion of the game to have remained properly inflated. The goals of the investigation will be to determine the explanation for why footballs used in the game were not in compliance with the playing rules and specifically whether any noncompliance was the result of deliberate action. We have not made any judgments on these points and will not do so until we have concluded our investigation and considered all of the relevant evidence.

"Upon being advised of the investigation, the Patriots promptly pledged their full cooperation and have made their personnel and other information available to us upon request. Our investigation will seek information from any and all relevant sources and we expect full cooperation from other clubs as well. As we develop more information and are in a position to reach conclusions, we will share them publicly."

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Tom Brady Claims He Didn't Alter Footballs

Jan 22, 2015 4:53 PM

Tom Brady claimed he was not involved with underinflated footballs and was stunned to hear of the news that they were illegal.

"I didn't alter the balls in any way," said Brady.

Brady admitted there's a usual process he goes through in getting used to using game day footballs, explaining it's like any other piece of equipment for him. 

"I feel like I have always played within the rules. I would never break the rules."

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Bill Belichick 'Shocked' To Learn Of Deflated Footballs

Jan 22, 2015 10:17 AM

Bill Belichick denied having knowledge of deflated footballs during the AFC Championship Game.

"I was shocked to learn of the footballs on Monday. I had no knowledge until Monday morning," he said.

The NFL found that 11 of the New England Patriots' 12 balls were inflated significantly below the NFL's requirements.

"In my entire coaching career, I have never talked to any player or staff member about football air pressure," said Belichick.

Belichick said in the future he will have his players practice with footballs that over-inflated because of this controversy.

"No further comment on NFL investigation, and I've told you all I know from my perspective on the subject," he said, repeating several times, "I've told you everything I know."

 

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NFL Investigation Finds Patriots' Footballs Two Pounds Under-Inflated

Jan 20, 2015 11:00 PM

The NFL's investigation has found that the New England Patriots' footballs in the AFC Championship Game were under-inflated by two pounds each.

The NFL is not commenting at this time.

The Patriots say they will continue to cooperate with the NFL's probe.

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NFL Investigating Whether Patriots Deflated Footballs

Jan 19, 2015 1:55 PM

The NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots intentionally deflated footballs during their victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday's rain-soaked AFC Championship Game.

A league spokesman confirmed the investigation, which was first reported Sunday by television station WTHR in Indianapolis, to ESPN on Monday morning.

 

An underinflated football could be easier to grip and catch. NFL rules stipulate that footballs must be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch and weigh between 14 and 15 ounces.

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Super Bowl Line In Significant Flux After Seahawks Open At -2.5

Jan 19, 2015 12:29 AM

The Seattle Seahawks opened as a 2.5-point favorite in multiple Las Vegas sports books, but the number was down to a pick 'em at at least two within an hour.

The MGM had the New England Patriots as 1-point favorites.

The Super Bowl point spread has never kicked off at a pick 'em.

 

The MGM took a six-figure wager on New England minus-1 on Sunday night, according to vice president of race and sports Jay Rood.

 

Trailing 19-7 with five minutes to play, Seattle was a 30-1 underdog to comeback to win the game after Russell Wilson threw his fourth interception with 5:13 to play.

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Trent Richardson Doesn't Travel With Colts To New England

Jan 17, 2015 3:12 PM

Trent Richardson did not make the trip with the Indianapolis Colts to play the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game for personal reasons.

Richardson was a healthy inactive last week against the Denver Broncos.

Richardson has struggled since coming to the Colts in 2013 from the Cleveland Browns for a first round pick.

"I'm dealing with a very serious family emergency," said Richardson to Mike Wells of ESPN. "I'm still at the hospital. I wouldn't purposely just miss walk through."

Kevin Bowen/Colts.com

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Patrick Chung Signs Three-Year Extension With Patriots
As part of the extension, Patrick Chung received a $2.4 million signing bonus.

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Brady: You Can't Compare Current Teams To Ravens, Patriots Of Old
Tom Brady doesn't believe you can compare the current rosters of the Patriots and Ravens since so many players are no longer with the teams.

Gregg Rosenthal/NFL.com

Watt, Gronkowski Headline All-Pro Team As Unanimous Selections
J.J. Watt received five defensive end votes and the other five for defensive tackle.

Barry Wilner/AP

49ers, Falcons Request Permission To Interview Josh McDaniels
Josh McDaniels was previously head coach of the Broncos.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tom Brady Restructures Contract To Free Up $24M
Tom Brady can now be released by the Patriots without liability.

ESPN

Belichick: Jimmy Garoppolo Has Consistently Improved Every Week
Jimmy Garoppolo figures to receive some playing time in Week 17, which is a meaningless game for the Patriots in terms of playoff implications.

Lee Schechter/ESPN

Julian Edelman Won't Play Week 16 Due To Concussion
Tom Brady figures to use Danny Amendola and Brian Tyms more frequently without Julian Edelman.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

LeGarrette Blount Sentenced To Community Service For Pot Possession
LeGarrette Blount was sentenced to 50 hours of community service on Wednesday for a marijuana possession charge.

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Aaron Dobson Placed On IR With Hamstring Injury
Aaron Dobson has amassed just 38 yards off three catches over 57 snaps this season.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Revis, Tate, Peppers, Ware Ranked As Best Offseason Acquisitions
Darrelle Revis, Golden Tate, Julius Peppers, DeMarcus Ware and Justin Forsett are ranked as the top offseason acquisitions of 2014 by Mike Sando.

Mike Sando/ESPN

Belichick, Kraft Listed As Potential Witnesses For Hernandez's Trial
Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft are listed as possible witnesses by prosecutors as Aaron Hernandez faces an upcoming murder trial.

AP

Mike Daniels: Gronk Is Like The Terminator
Rob Gronkowski was compared to the Terminator by Mike Daniels.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Belichick: Brady, Rodgers Both Wear Number 12
Bill Belichick was asked if he sees any similarities between Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

LeGarrette Blount Signs With Patriots On Two-Year Deal
LeGarrette Blount rushed for nearly 800 yards in 2013 with the Patriots.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Belichick Improves To 100 Games Over .500
Including the playoffs, Bill Belichick is 110 games over .500 with a mark of 226-116.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Belichick: Jonas Gray's Game Is What We Saw In Week 11
Jonas Gray had 38 carries for 199 yards and four touchdowns against the Colts.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Brady Living Healthier To Maximize Longevity Of Career
Tom Brady is determined to extend his career by as many seasons as possible as he is firmly in his late thirties at 37.

Lee Schechter/ESPN

Gronkowski: I Like Scoring Touchdowns For Sure
Rob Gronkowski has already scored 49 in his career.

Lee Schechter/ESPN

Darrelle Revis Sent Home From Practice For Being Late
Darrelle Revis was sent home from the Patriots' practice on Tuesday by Bill Belichick after beng late.

Ben Volin/Boston Globe

Chandler Jones Out One Month With Hip Injury
Chandler Jones has 4.5 sacks over six games this season.

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