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Patriots Waive Chris Harper After Muffed Punt

Nov 30, 2015 7:33 PM

The New England Patriots have waived Chris Harper, who muffed a critical punt in the fourth quarter of their loss at the Denver Broncos.

Harper is an undrafted rookie out of Cal and will likely return to the practice squad if he clears waivers.

The Patriots are thin at receiver due to injuries to Julian Edelman (foot) and Danny Amendola (knee), as the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Harper served as the No. 3 option against the Broncos.

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Tags: New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Rob Gronkowski Only Suffered Minor Knee Strain

Nov 30, 2015 3:24 PM

Rob Gronkowski escaped serious injury during Sunday's loss by the New England Patriots.

Gronkowski suffered a "minor knee strain" and the timeframe is "a week or two most likely."

Gronkowski's 2013 season ended with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Patriots Optimistic Rob Gronkowski Escaped Serious Injury

Nov 30, 2015 11:04 AM

The New England Patriots are optimistic Rob Gronkowski may have escaped serious injury to his right knee.

Gronkowski was carted off the field and he was walking from the X-ray room with a slight limp.

"We think he is going to be OK," the source said.

Gronkowski's presence in the locker room immediately after the game was viewed by some players as an encouraging sign.

Gronkowski suffered the injury with 2:49 remaining in the fourth quarter, when Denver defensive back Darian Stewart hit him low on an incomplete pass.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

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Aqib Talib: Triple-Team Needed To Stop Gronkowski

Nov 28, 2015 1:03 PM

Aqib Talib said you need to triple-team Rob Gronkowski in order to slow him down.

Talib and Gronkowski were teammates for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

"Uh ... triple-team," Talib said, via the Denver Post. "It's his size and that speed. And that quarterback."

Ryan Wilson/CBS Sports

Tags: Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Injury

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Danny Amendola Out For Week 12 Against Broncos

Nov 28, 2015 12:43 PM

Danny Amendola won't travel with the New England Patriots for their game against the Denver Broncos.

Amendola will miss the game due to a knee injury.

The Patriots are left with receivers Brandon LaFell, Keshawn Martin, and Chris Harper. Martin is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury.

New England will likely feature more two tight end sets featuring Rob Gronkowski and Scott Chandler.

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NFL's Tom Brady Appeal Hearing Set For March 3rd

Nov 23, 2015 4:04 PM

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has scheduled oral argument in the Tom Brady case for March 3.

The Brady case eventually could end in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Whoever loses before the Second Circuit will have appeal rights. However, the Supreme Court first must agree to accept an appeal before resolving it.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: New England Patriots, Suspension

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Rob Gronkowski Won't Change Style Despite OPI Calls

Nov 19, 2015 5:49 PM

Rob Gronkowski has been penalized four times for offensive pass interference, but he's not prepared to change the way he plays the tight end position.

"I'm not doing anything wrong," Gronkowski said Thursday, when asked what he can do differently to prevent OPI calls. "I'm playing football. ... I'm not changing my style."

In 2014, Gronkowski was penalized for OPI twice over the course of the entire season.

As for his frustration level with the calls, he said, "We're playing well as an offense. It's not that frustrating when I get the penalty and someone else makes a play on third-and-long. That definitely helps out right there, but got to just keep playing the game."


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Julian Edelman Suffers Broken Foot

Nov 15, 2015 9:19 PM

Julian Edelman has suffered a broken foot and the remainder of his season is in danger.

The injury is to his fifth metatarsal and believed to be a true Jones fracture.

Edelman could possibly return at some point in the playoffs.

Mike Garafolo/FoxSports

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Belichick Cares More About Receivers Blocking Than Their Fantasy Stats

Nov 14, 2015 6:42 PM

The New England Patriots heavily feature pick plays and their receivers are asked to block a lot in general.

“Technique is important, willingness is important," said Bill Belichick. "Again, there are a lot of things that go into blocking. No. 1 is doing the right thing, knowing who you have to block, a lot of times blocking secondary players, you have to make secondary players, you have to make decisions as to which player to block. We always want to block the most dangerous guy, the guy that can get there first, I would say most of the time, not all the time, but most of the time.

“Like on (Rob) Gronkowski's touchdown pass, block from the receiver helped spring him, vice versa. Rob's blocked well for them. I think that's really an under-appreciated part of their job, tight ends and the receivers. It's all about the stat sheet and fantasy catches or however that stuff works. Those guys go out there and compete every play and that helps a lot of other guys. That means a lot to our football team.”

Jared Dubin/CBS Sports

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Tom Brady Believes 2007 Patriots Are NFL's Best Team Ever

Nov 12, 2015 12:18 PM

Tom Brady believes the 2007 New England Patriots are the best team in NFL history.

The Patriots lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl that season.

"We had such a great team. To me, the greatest team that ever played in the NFL," Brady told the New York Daily News's Gary Myers two years ago while Myers was working on a book about Brady and Eli Manning. "We won so many games against the toughest competition that year by big margins. Wes Welker and Randy Moss in the prime of their careers at the same time along with Jabar Gaffney. We had a good running game, a great offensive line. Rodney Harrison, Tedy Bruschi, Asante Samuel -- we had incredible talent and our offense was so prolific. It was an incredible year. Then to lose -- we lost to a really good football team who played really well that particular day and it took some pretty great plays to beat us."

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Dion Lewis Out For Season With Torn ACL
Dion Lewis had rushed 49 times for 234 yards and two touchdowns to go with 36 receptions for 388 receiving yards and another two touchdowns this season.

Jim McBride/Boston Globe

NFL Compares Deflategate To Black Sox In Appeal Briefs
The NFL filed a 59-page brief to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals as part of its appeal of Richard Berman's decision to vacate the four-game suspension of Tom Brady.

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Tom Brady Has 26 TDs, 3 INTs Since NFL Began Monitoring PSI
The Patriots have also all eight-and-a-half of their games; seven this season, along with the rest of the AFC Championship and the Super Bowl.

Dan Wetzel/Yahoo! Sports

NFL Hires Paul Clement To Appeal Decision On Tom Brady
The NFL has hired one of the most successful appellate attorney in the United States to fight the decision that reversed Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

Lester Munson/ESPN

Tom Brady On Playing 10 More Year: What Else Am I Going To Do
Tom Brady thinks he's better now than he was five years ago.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Volume Of Undefeated Teams Are An NFL First
Before 2015, there had been only one season in which even four teams emerged with perfect records through six weeks.

Chase Stuart/New York Times

Tom Brady Hopes To Play Another 10 Years
Tom Brady insisted he is serious about his goal of playing into his late forties.

Dennis Waszak Jr./Associated Press

Nate Solder Out For Season With Torn Biceps
Nate Solder is the New England Patriots' starting left tackle.

Jim McBride/Boston Globe

Tom Brady Pays Practice Players Who Intercept His Passes
Ryan Tannehill lashed out to practice squad players who had intercepted him, which differs dramatically to the practices of Tom Brady.

Shalise Manza Young/Yahoo! Sports

Elo Ranks 2007, 2004 Patriots As Best Two NFL Teams Of All-Time
The 2007 Patriots went 18-0 until losing in the Super Bowl to the Giants.

Neil Paine/FiveThirtyEight

Tom Brady Earning $10M Per Year Below Market Value
Tom Brady has one of the most team-friendly contracts in the NFL due to a restructured contract in 2013 and a subsequent extension.

Andrew Brandt/Sports Illustrated

NFL's Appeal Of Tom Brady Suspension Won't Be Heard Until 2016
The move virtually guarantees Tom Brady will play the entire regular season and postseason without the threat of being suspended for his role in Deflategate.


Tom Brady: Way Too Early To Think About 2007 Comparisons
The Patriots have scored 119 points over their first three games, more than they did over the same timeframe in 2007.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

NFL Refutes Report Of Tom Brady Serving Four-Game Suspension In 2015
Craig Carton said a "very influential person in the NFL" told him "there's no doubt in his mind" Tom Brady will serve a four-game suspension this season after the NFL's appeal is heard.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Randy Moss Hasn't Attempted To Find NFL Team
Randy Moss has an emerging career in broadcasting.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Bill Polian: Colts Had First Round Grade On Tom Brady

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Van Natta Working On Follow-Up To Patriots' Piece
ESPN's Don Van Natta Jr. says he's working on a follow-up to his report on the Patriots.

Will Brinson/CBS Sports

Terrelle Pryor Works Out For Patriots
Terrelle Pryor was cut by the Browns before the start of the season.

Jason Cole/Bleacher Report

Watt, Gronkowski Most Dominant Compared To Positional Peers
Rob Gronkowski had three touchdowns in Week 1.

Gordon McGuinness/Pro Football Focus

NFL Clears Patriots Of Tampering With Steelers' Headsets
Michael Signora said Friday that the league believes the problem "involved no manipulation by any individual and that the Patriots had nothing to do with it."


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