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Tom Brady Can't Play Catch With Teammates During Suspension

Jul 25, 2016 7:56 AM

Tom Brady, who is suspended for the first four games of the season, can't play catch with his teammates during the ban.

Brady will make his season debut in Week Five against the Cleveland Browns.

The quarterback won't be allowed to go to practices or team meetings during the four weeks when he's suspended and the ban extents to any sort of contact with coaches or teammates.

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DeAngelo Williams Has No Sympathy For Patriots

Jul 21, 2016 7:44 AM

DeAngelo Williams admits that he has no sympathy for the New England Patriots, who will be without Tom Brady for the first four games of the season because of suspension.

"I am glad they got problems. I don't care," Williams said. "Everybody has their problems, and I am glad they have theirs."

Brady decided last week to end his year-long fight against his four-game suspension handed down as part of the punishment stemming from Deflategate.


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Nate Ebner Selected To U.S. Rugby Team For Rio Olympics

Jul 18, 2016 9:04 AM

Nate Ebner has become the only active NFL player to qualify for the Rio Olympics and will represent USA Rugby.

USA Rugby Men's Sevens coach Mike Friday announced the 12 athletes and his seven staff to represent Team USA on Monday.

Ebner took a leave of absence from the Patriots in May to begin his training. He is scheduled to rejoin the team after the Aug. 6-11 Olympic rugby competition.

He was an All-American rugby player at Ohio State before the Patriots selected him in the sixth round of the 2012 draft.


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Tom Brady Drops Appeal, Will Serve Four-Game Suspension

Jul 15, 2016 1:17 PM

Tom Brady has announced he will stop pursuing legal action against his four-game suspension by the NFL.

Brady will miss the first four weeks and return for Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns.

Brady was suspended for allegedly doctoring footballs in the AFC Championship Game in 2015.

"I'm very grateful for the overwhelming support I've received from Mr. Kraft, the Kraft family, coach Belichick, my coaches and teammates, the NFLPA, my agents, my loving family and most of all, our fans," wrote Brady on Facebook. "It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process. I'm going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall."

The NFLPA will continue to appeal Brady's suspension and reserves the right to petition the Supreme Court.

If Brady had served his suspension last season, it would have cost him $2.12 million. Under his new deal, Brady will only lose $235,294.

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Calais Campbell: 'Licking My Chops' To Face Jimmy Garoppolo

Jul 14, 2016 7:35 AM

The New England Patriots open the season against the Arizona Cardinals and are expected to be without Tom Brady after the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals denied the quarterback's petition to rehear his suspension case.

Calais Campbell told CBS Sports Radio on Wednesday he's looking forward to facing an inexperienced Jimmy Garoppolo.

"Licking my chops," Campbell said. "You get a rookie quarterback, pretty much. You know it's always exciting when you get a guy like that for his first game because he's going to be nervous. He's probably going to be sitting there holding the ball a little longer or trying to get rid of it quick, throwing bad balls. As a vet, we definitely pride ourselves on welcoming (inexperienced quarterbacks) the right way."

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Federal Court Rejects Tom Brady's 'Deflategate' Appeal

Jul 13, 2016 10:00 AM

A federal appeals court has rejected Tom Brady's attempt to get a new hearing on his "Deflategate" suspension.

Brady was suspended four games by Roger Goodell.

The decision Wednesday affirms the wide-ranging powers given to the commissioner by the NFL's collective bargaining agreement and was a setback for organized labor groups arguing for due process in employee discipline.

Brady won his appeal last year and his four-game suspension was lifted.

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Michael Lombardi Leaves Position With Patriots

Jun 19, 2016 11:10 AM

Michael Lombardi has left the front office of the New England Patriots.

Lombardi, who had joined the Patriots after serving as Cleveland Browns general manager in 2013, also served as an analyst with the NFL Network and from 2008 to 2012 and could be considering a return to the media where his longtime friend, Bill Simmons, is starting a new venture at HBO.

Bill Belichick has praised Lombardi's contributions to the franchise over the past two years, as it was a position that was created specifically for him.

"I've asked Mike to do some things on an individual [basis] -- projects or things that I've asked him to do -- and he's done a great job of that for me," Belichick said in September. "Mike has been a big help to me personally."

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Brandon LaFell Believes Andy Dalton Could One Day Be Like Tom Brady

Jun 15, 2016 3:59 PM

Brandon LaFell hasn't spent much time with Andy Dalton, but the wide receiver believes the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback could one day be on par with Tom Brady.

"If we continue to take the steps we're making, Andy could be a similar player like that," LaFell said.

LaFell signed with the Bengals this offseason after spending two seasons with the New England Patriots.

"Everybody respects him just like everybody respects Brady," LaFell said of Dalton's influence in Cincinnati's locker room. "How Brady demanded the best out of everybody, Andy's doing the same thing here.

"Both of those guys are smart guys. They always have the offense in the right play. They're always getting the ball to the right person at the right time. They're two different offenses, but both of those guys are winners."

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Rob Gronkowski Sees 'Huge Development' In Jimmy Garoppolo

Jun 14, 2016 9:15 AM

The New England Patriots may have Jimmy Garoppolo under center for the first four games of the 2016 season if Tom Brady's suspension remains in place.

They have split first-team reps between Brady and Garoppolo thus far and Rob Gronkowski believes the younger quarterback is making strides.

"He's doing great, definitely," Gronkowski said. "You can see a huge development over the last two years in the way he handles the offense now. He's doing a great job going out there, listening to coaches and just working together with the whole team."

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Malcolm Butler On Holdout: 'Everyone Knows Why I Wasn't Here'

Jun 7, 2016 5:31 PM

Malcolm Butler reported to the New England Patriots this week after skipping the first week of optional practices last month.

Butler, the hero of Super Bowl XLIX, is scheduled to make just $600,000 this season.

The cornerback told reporters his absence during the first round of organized team activities was a "big misunderstanding" before clarifying he had dealt with a "family issue, or something like that."

Butler was later asked if he'd been bothered by the speculation he might hold out for a new deal.

"Of course that's going to bother you," he told the Boston Herald. "Everyone knows why I wasn't here."

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Patriots: NFL Pursued Predetermined Result On Deflategate
The papers say the Patriots "strongly believe" nobody tampered with footballs at the 2015 AFC Championship Game.


Tom Brady To Appeal Four-Game Suspension
The court upheld Tom Brady's suspension in a 2-1 decision April 25.


Brandon Boykin Released By Panthers
Brandon Boykin signed a one-year, $840,000 deal in March with the Patriots.

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Rob Gronkowski Selected For Madden Cover
Rob Gronkowski is both the first tight end and member of the Patriots to be selected for the cover.

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Julian Edelman Underwent Surgery On Foot
Julian Edelman recently was spotted in New York City with a "big boot" on his foot, riding a motorized device to get around.

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Danny Amendola Takes $4.4M Pay Cut To Remain With Patriots
Danny Amendola lost out on $2.3 million last season.

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Tom Brady's $200 Cookbook Sells Out
Tom Brady described the cookbook as "another step toward achieving your peak performance."


NFL Unlikely To Discuss Settlement With Tom Brady
The NFL doesn't think it's necessary to reopen settlement talks with Tom Brady and the NFL Players Association regarding the quarterback's four-game suspension, according to a source.


Court Rules Tom Brady Must Serve Four-Game Suspension
Tom Brady's suspension for Deflategate has been reinstated.


Ron Brace Dies At Age 29
Ron Brace, a second-round draft choice of the Patriots in 2009, has died at the age of 29.

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Rob Gronkowski Has No Concerns With Contract Status
Rob Gronkowski is set to make a $2.25 million base salary this season, which escalates to $4.25 million in 2017, $8 million in 2018 and $9 million in 2019.

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Patriots Release Dominique Easley
Dominique Easley tore his ACL in both knees in college and ended his rookie season with a knee injury.

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LeGarrette Blount Re-Signs With Patriots
LeGarrette Blount's career has twice been revived with New England.

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Patrick Chung Signs Extension With Patriots
Patrick Chung's deal is worth $5.7 million in new money over the next three seasons.

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Nate Washington Signs With Patriots
Nate Washington caught 47 passes on 95 targets last season for 658 yards after signing a one-year deal with Houston.


Roger Goodell Won't Return Patriots' Draft Picks
The NFL stripped the Patriots of a 2016 first-round draft choice and 2017 fourth-round draft choice.

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Robert Kraft Writes Letter To Goodell Requesting Return Of Picks
Robert Kraft said his letter was in response to Roger Goodell's remarks that if any new facts were learned, Goodell would reconsider the punishment.

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Patriots Agree To Trade With Bears For Martellus Bennett
The Patriots will likely swap mid to late round picks in exchange for Martellus Bennett.

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Chris Long Signs One-Year Deal With Patriots
Chris Long has battled injuries over the past two seasons and turns 31 this month.

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Patriots Trade Chandler Jones To Cardinals For Cooper, 2nd Rounder
The Cardinals are sending Jonathan Cooper and a second round pick to the Patriots for Chandler Jones.

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