September 2013 - New England Patriots Wiretap

Vince Wilfork Out For Season With Torn Achilles

Sep 30, 2013 10:59 AM

Vince Wilfork will miss the rest of the 2013 season with a torn Achilles tendon.

Wilfork was injured in the first quarter of the New England Patriots' Week 4 win over the Atlanta Falcons when he appeared to step on the foot of another player.

Wilfork left the field on a cart and left the stadium with a protective boot on.

John Breech/CBS Sports

Tags: New England Patriots, Injury

Brady Endorses Hoyer As NFL Starter

Sep 29, 2013 12:25 AM

Tom Brady has endorsed the ability of Brian Hoyer, his former backup who is now starting for the Cleveland Browns.

"He has everything it takes physically and mentally to play the position," said Brady told in and email exchange. "He loves football and works hard at getting better."

Brady texted a note of congratulations to Hoyer after winning his first start.

"We talked football whenever we were around one another, but he was solely responsible for his work ethic and improvements over the years," Brady said.

Kevin Patra/

Tags: Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots

Gronkowski, Amendola Won't Play Week 4

Sep 28, 2013 3:51 PM

Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola did not travel with the New England Patriots to Atlanta on Saturday and will not play in Week 4 against the Falcons.

Both Gronkowski and Amendola appeared likely to play earlier in the week.

A Boston Herald report indicates that Gronkowksi's camp and the Patriots have a disagreement on whether he is ready to play. 

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Fantasy, Injury

Gronkowski, Amendola Expected To Play In Week 4

Sep 27, 2013 6:22 PM

Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola are expected to play in Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Gronkowski is coming off multiple surgeries and Amendola has had issues with a groin injury.

As of right now both Gronkowski and Amendola are scheduled to play, but there is "a lot of time between now and Sunday night."

Ben Volin/Boston Globe

Tags: New England Patriots, Fantasy, Injury

Gronkowski Has 'Definitely Made Progress'

Sep 25, 2013 1:45 PM

Rob Gronkowski is moving closer to making his 2013 debut.

Gronkowski has missed the first three weeks of the season, but Bill Belichick says he has "definitely made progress."

Gronkowski had offseason arm and back surgery.

Doug Kyed/NESN

Tags: New England Patriots, Fantasy, Injury

Danny Amendola Making Progress, Return Game Remains Unknown

Sep 24, 2013 2:53 AM

Danny Amendola is “progressing very well” as he recovers from torn groin muscles.

The New England Patriots have yet to set a date for his expected return.

Amendola has missed Week 2 and Week 3.

Shalise Manza Young/Boston Globe

Tags: New England Patriots, Fantasy, Injury

Gronkowski Upgraded To Questionable For Week 3

Sep 21, 2013 3:38 PM

Rob Gronkowski has been upgraded to questionable for Week 3 after being limited all week in practice.

Gronkowski is returning from offseason back and forearm surgery.

Gronkowski is clearly making progress in his recovery.

Gregg Rosenthal/

Tags: New England Patriots, Fantasy, Injury

Gronkowski's Return For Week 2 Believed To Be 50-50

Sep 17, 2013 10:40 AM

The New England Patriots believe there is a 50-50 chance that Rob Gronkowski plays in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Patriots' offense has struggled over the two weeks of the season.

Gronkowski is returning from offseason back and arm surgery.

Ed Werder/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Injury

Patriots Beat Jets Ugly 13-10 (+5.8 TC, -4 TRC)

Sep 15, 2013 5:47 PM

The New England Patriots defeated the New York Jets on Thursday in ugly fashion by a final score of 13-10.

The Patriots had a +5.8 advantage in the Trench Counter, recording just nine first downs and averaging 3.6 yards per play in a game in which Tom Brady was visibly frustrated. New England recorded just nine first downs, but won the turnover battle 4-0. The Jets had a +4 edge in Total Rushes/Completions.

Brady went 19-for-39 for 185 yards and one touchdown.

Geno Smith went 15-for-35 for 214 yards and three interceptions.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: New England Patriots, IQ

Patriots Deny Pursuing Brandon Lloyd

Sep 14, 2013 12:05 AM

The New England Patriots deny pursuing Brandon Lloyd.

Lloyd reportedly is "neither physically nor mentally ready" to play football this season.

A report earlier this week indicated that the Patriots, New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers had reached out to Lloyd.

"If anything," Greg Bedard explained, "they called him to set up their emergency list like they do at every position to see who might be available should the worst happen."

Chris Wesseling/

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

Brady: I Need To Improve Body Language
Tom Brady's receivers struggled to make catches as he adjusts to playing without Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez.

Josh Katzowitz/CBS Sports

Tebow Training On USC Campus
Tim Tebow has been training in Los Angeles on the USC campus after being cut by the Patriots.

Chris Chase/USA Today

Brandon Lloyd Rejects Interest From Patriots, Jets, 49ers
Brandon Lloyd would be entitled to at least a minimum salary of $940,000 to play.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Amendola, Gronkowski Unlikely To Play In Week 2
Danny Amendola suffered a groin injury in Week 1, but stayed in the game.

Marc Sessler/

Shane Vereen Out Several Weeks With Broken Bone In Wrist
Shane Vereen stayed in the game and rushed 14 times for 101 yards.

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports

Patriots Come From Behind On FGs To Beat Bills (+7.3 TC, +12 TRC)
The Patriots had a +7.3 edge in The Trench Counter, moving the ball better with 26 first downs to 15 for the Bills and committing two turnovers to three.

RealGM Staff Report

Schiano Voted Head Coach Players Least Want To Play For
Greg Schiano was voted the head coach players are least want to play for, beating Bill Belichick by one vote.

Sporting News

Aaron Hernandez Pleads Not Guilty To Murder
Aaron Hernandez firmly answered "not guilty" to six charges, including murder and weapons and ammunition possession charges.


Tebow Still Refusing To Change Positions
Tim Tebow does not have a job with an NFL team as a quarterback, but he remains unwilling to change positions.

John Otano/Sports Illustrated

Gronkowski Doubtful For Week 1
Rob Gronkowski is recovering from back and forearm surgeries.

Albert Breer/

Patriots, Packers Given Best DVOA Odds To Win Super Bowl
The Patriots and Packers were also projected to meet in the Super Bowl last season by Football Outsiders.

Aaron Schatz/Football Outsiders

Be The GM: Rob Gronkowski Vs. Muhammad Wilkerson
Rob Gronkowski and Muhammad Wilkerson advanced out of the first round by moving past their AFC East counterparts in Jairus Byrd and Reshad Jones.

Christopher Reina/RealGM

Gronkowski Participates In First Full-Pads Practice
Rob Gronkowski had 11 touchdowns and 790 yards last season.

Mike Reiss/ESPN