Starting LT Nate Solder & WR Aaron Dobson (foot) the lone absences at Patriots practice, per @FieldYates. OT Marcus Cannon (ankle) returns.
CBSSports.com "So Aaron Hernandez is currently in jail, awaiting trial on murder charges. And he's spending his time by writing lots of letters. In one previous piece of correspondence he said that he's "a great dude." And in the latest letter obtained by (who else?) TMZ, Hernandez drew a naked woman for a..." December 10
Boston Herald "The Patriots have prided themselves on the concept of “next man up” when a teammate goes down. That will certainly be put to the test with the loss of tight end Rob Gronkowski, who suffered a knee injury in yesterday’s 27-26 victory over the Browns. The 6-foot-6, 265-pounder went down in a heap..." December 09
MRI confirms torn ACL for Rob Gronkowski, per league source.
ESPN Boston "The New England Patriots fear that star tight end Rob Gronkowski has a torn ACL in his right knee, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Gronkowski, who suffered the injury in Sunday's wild 27-26 win over the Cleveland Browns, will undergo an MRI on Monday, according to the..." December 09
NFL.com "The New England Patriots announced that they have re-signed TE D.J. Williams. Williams was signed by the Patriots on Nov. 27 and saw limited action in the win last Sunday at Houston. He was released by the Patriots on Dec. 4. In addition, the Patriots placed TE Rob Gronkowski on injured..." December 09
Akron Beacon Journal "Strong safety T.J. Ward took shots at NFL rules Sunday because he believes they forced him to take a shot at the legs of New England Patriots two-time Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski during the third quarter of the Browns’ 27-26 loss at Gillette Stadium. Gronkowski caught a pass from..." December 09
Boston Globe "The Patriots aren’t waiting around to replace injured star tight end Rob Gronkowski, whose injury appears to be season-ending. A league source confirmed that Gronkowski tore his ACL and also suffered damage to his MCL, which Pro Football Talk and ESPN earlier reported, and will have a..." December 09
CSN New England "You'd think a potential season-ending injury to Rob Gronkowski would cast a shadow over anything that happened in Sunday's Patriots-Browns game. You'd think. And then Tom Brady stepped forward. The loss of Gronk -- who was carted off the field in the third quarter with what appears to be..." December 09
Source says Rob Gronkowski suffered what's believed to be a torn ACL. MRI tomorrow to confirm. Not surprising but another bad break for him.
Rob Gronkowski being taken off the field on a cart because of lower leg injury
MassLive.com "While it's not known what kind of role he will be given, barring an overnight change, it is expected that Stevan Ridley will be active for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, according to a source. The New England Patriots running back has been shrouded in uncertainty since fumbling..." December 08
Boston Herald "Shane Vereen’s recent performances have backed up the Patriots’ hopes for the running back when they selected him in the second round of the 2011 draft. Vereen’s got the potential to be one of the upper-echelon receiving backs in the NFL. In four games this season, Vereen has caught 28-of-38..." December 07
ESPN Boston "The Patriots on Friday ruled out rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson (foot) and starting right tackle Marcus Cannon (ankle) for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns. Both players were injured in a Week 12 matchup with the Denver Broncos and have not practiced since that time. A timetable..." December 06
CSN New England "Alfonzo Dennard was in a Lincoln, Neb. courtroom on Thursday for sentencing after admitting to violating his probation in September. Though the terms of the second-year cornerback's probation were modified by a judge, he was not sentenced to immediate jail time, according to Lori Pilger of the..." December 06
NFL.com "Tim Tebow's gridiron prospects have dried up stateside, but not across the Atlantic. The Associated Press reported Thursday that the former NFL quarterback has been offered a four-month contract to play for the Milano Seamen of the Italian federation for American football. "The offer has..." December 06
Spikes returns to practice. Dobson, Cannon, Dennard are absent. Dennard is in court today and tomorrow.
PSD Staff If you survived the ups and downs with underperformers and gut wrenching injuries to wind up in your leagues playoffs, than congratulations. But you know you're not done yet as just making the post-season is not enough. League championships and a year of bragging rights are on the line. Let's see... December 05
ESPN.com "The New England Patriots re-signed wide receiver Austin Collie, the team announced Thursday. Collie, who previously played in four games for the team and had three receptions for 34 yards, was released on Nov. 5 following the team's Week 9 win over the Steelers. Collie, 28, injured his knee..." December 05
Patriots LB Brandon Spikes, WR Aaron Dobson & OT Marcus Cannon not spotted at start of practice. TE Michael Hoomanawanui (knee) returns.
USA Today "Tim Tebow, the telegenic former QB, will almost certainly be a college football TV analyst next year, either for ESPN’s SEC Network, CBS Sports, or Fox Sports, multiple sources tell The Big Lead. Tebow, who was released by the Patriots in August, is finally beginning to realize his NFL career..." December 04
CBS Washington "There is not enough evidence to establish a link between football and the increase risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), says a new study. Previous information had shown that National Football League players may be at a higher risk of death associated with Alzheimer’s and other..." December 04
ESPN Boston "Most would agree that the New England Patriots are playing with fire the way they've fallen behind early in games, creating a situation with limited margin for error in the second half. They've been able to overcome it the last two weeks, but can it continue? That's one of the main questions..." December 03
CBSSports.com "Two security guards working Sunday's Patriots-Texans game at Reliant Stadium say they were fired after taking a picture with quarterback Tom Brady following New England's 34-31 victory. “When you are at your post and you're doing your job, you're not supposed to take pictures with anybody because..." December 03
Pro Football Talk "Patriots running back Stevan Ridley was benched after fumbling in the first quarter last week against the Broncos and was inactive on Sunday in Houston, but Bill Belichick says he’s not trying to send Ridley a message. Instead, Belichick says, demoting Ridley to the bottom of the depth chart is..." December 02
CSN New England "Bill Belichick loves his timeouts. Like precious little flowers, he protects them. So protective is he of his stoppages that, in the second quarter Sunday in Houston, Belichick passed on challenging an apparent Shane Vereen touchdown. Given the choice between risking a timeout with a challenge..." December 02
CSN New England "The Patriots, expecting an easier time of things after their skin-of-the-teeth win over the Broncos last Sunday night, found themselves in a toe-to-toe another slugfest -- against a 2-9 opponent, no less -- Sunday in Houston. The good news: They had Tom Brady on their side. Brady directed..." December 02
Patriots injury update: WR Kenbrell Thompkins (hip), return is questionable. Thrusts WR Josh Boyce into potential expanded role.
Rotoworld "Stevan Ridley is inactive for Week 13 against the Texans. As is Aaron Dobson (foot). It's fairly surprising that Ridley is straight up inactive, but he was never likely to be in for a big role against the Texans after losing his third fumble in three games last week. Passing-down/hurry-up back..." December 01
NFL.com "New England Patriots rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Houston Texans with a foot injury sustained in last week's thrilling comeback victory over the Broncos. Although the covert Patriots predictably failed to yield information about the injury, a..." December 01
The Patriots announce that CB Alfonzo Dennard (knee) has been downgraded to out for game vs. Texans.
MassLive.com "Aaron Dobson missed his third consecutive practice this week with a foot injury, putting his status for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans in jeopardy. Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (knee) and offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (ankle) also missed every session this week. Hoomanawanui..." November 29
CSN New England "With subpar play this season, especially versus the Denver Broncos last week, the play of Dont’a Hightower is being called into the question. The second year player struggled against the Broncos, which have some thinking he may already be a bust. Gary Tanguay, Andy Gresh, and Ron Borges..." November 28
Boston Herald "The call went out Tuesday. Patriots running back Stevan Ridley, perhaps dealing with the greatest level of adversity in his three-year career, needed guidance from his close friend and mentor, so he dialed up Kevin Faulk. Ridley has fumbled in three consecutive games, and his four lost..." November 28
Dobson, Cannon (ankle) and Hoomanawanui (knee) are absent from practice.
Pro Football Talk "Running back/kick returner Leon Washington was released by the Patriots a couple of days ago, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be out of work too long. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that Washington worked out for the Titans on Tuesday and that the team plans to sign him to the roster...." November 26
ESPN Boston "Here were some of the notable themes from today’s conference calls with head coach Bill Belichick, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels: 1. Coaching mindset on Ridley’s fumbling: McDaniels was asked if we’ve reached a point where the coaching staff’s..." November 26
TE DJ Williams, who is visiting the Pats today, expected to sign with them shortly
Boston Globe "Another Patriots game had fans talking Monday morning, but unlike last week, when they were upset over the non-penalty ruling at the end of a loss to Carolina, this time they were basking in New England’s unexpected 34-31 overtime win over Denver. The game offered no shortage of story lines to..." November 26
CBSSports.com "It wasn't exactly the homecoming Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker envisioned. By the time it was over, not only did the former Patriot have just four catches for 31 yards (not to mention several drops), but he was also responsible for the game-deciding turnover. With just over three minutes to..." November 25
WEEI Boston "A furious second-half comeback by the Patriots — capped off by a 31-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski with 2:21 left in overtime — allowed New England to pull off the 34-31 win over the Broncos Sunday night at a chilly Gillette Stadium. The Patriots, who trailed 17-0 at the end of the..." November 25
Boston Herald "Tom Brady hoped all year the Patriots offense would get to the point at which everyone was healthy for consecutive weeks and the group could finally develop a rhythm. It took until the final game in November for tight end Rob Gronkowski, running back Shane Vereen and wide receiver Danny..." November 24
Denver Post "Snap. Catch. Chop, chop, chop. Earhole. Throw. It takes longer to type what Peyton Manning does from snap to release than it does for him to get rid of the ball. Don't call Manning the quickest draw in the West. He has the fastest release of any NFL quarterback in the West, East, Midwest,..." November 24
The Patriots have released veteran RB Leon Washington and promoted CB Justin Green from the practice squad, according to a league source.
CSN New England "Marcus Cannon was fined $15,750 by the NFL for his Monday night leg-whip on Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson. Cannon, starting at right tackle since Sebastian Vollmer was lost for the season with a broken leg, whipped Johnson after Cannon was beaten on a third-quarter play." November 23
Boston Herald "Kyle Arrington’s progression from the Patriots practice squad to becoming one of the most respected slot cornerbacks in the league was aided by daily battles with Wes Welker. Now, even though Arrington won’t feed the hype machine, the two are set to square off in a marquee matchup before a..." November 23
Boston Globe "His left wrist still a little swollen and sporting a fresh surgical scar, Shane Vereen chatted with reporters on Wednesday, the first time he’d done so since breaking the wrist and landing on short-term injured reserve in Week 1 against Buffalo. “I was ecstatic. Waited a long time,” the..." November 21
PSD Staff He's only 5 foot 8 inches tall but weighs 212 pounds, making him fast and hard to stop as he can get really low to the ground. Bobby Rainey has stepped into fill the rather big shoes of Doug Martin who's out for the season. He's a starting running back that you need on your team heading into the... November 21
CSN New England "Aqib Talib, Steve Gregory and Alfonzo Dennard were all at practice Wednesday morning as the Patriots began prep for the Broncos. Dennard, who reportedly had a meniscus procedure over the weekend, was a bit of a surprise. Talib left Monday's game after aggravating his balky hip that kept him..." November 20