Patriots Rumors & News

  • Aaron Hernandez lawsuit against NFL dropped, for now

    New York Times "The family of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end who committed suicide in jail in April, has dropped its lawsuit against the National Football League, but left open the possibility of refiling it in a different court. Last month, lawyers for Hernandez’s family sued the..." October 15

  • Patriots should take reins off Dion Lewis

    Boston Herald "If the Patriots could pick the perfect week to run a little more and throw a little less, this would be it. After all, Tom Brady’s sore left shoulder needs a break from all the pounding it’s taken in recent games. One solution? Get the running game cranked up. More specifically, let Dion..." October 15

  • Josh McCown was Lions WR last time he played Patriots

    NFL.com "If you check Josh McCown's passing record prior to the New York Jets' showdown with the New England Patriots on Sunday, it shows the veteran quarterback last threw a football against a Bill Belichick-coach D in 2004 while with the Arizona Cardinals. McCown, however, has faced Belichick more..." October 15

  • Malcolm Butler knows defense must build off momentum from Tampa Bay win

    Boston Herald "Cornerback Malcolm Butler has been eager to end the Patriots’ 10-day layoff and get back on the field Sunday against the Jets. That’s because the Pats made some defensive progress last week against the Buccaneers, but they’ve been honest that the performance should have been better. They’ve..." October 14

  • Young Jets safeties ready to face Brady, Gronkowski for first time

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots have a potent one-two combination at quarterback and tight end. The Jets have a young pair of safeties who will be facing Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski for the first time in their careers on Sunday. “This is my first opportunity to go against them,” Jets safety Marcus Maye said, via..." October 14

  • Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore Out Versus Jets With Concussion

    CBS Boston "Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore will miss Sunday’s game versus the New York Jets with a concussion. Gilmore, who was not on the injury report on Friday, was downgraded to out on Saturday. He had been listed with an ankle injury earlier in the week, but was a limited participant in..." October 14

  • Patriots’ Harvey Langi hospitalized after car accident

    Fanrag Sports "New England Patriots linebacker Harvey Langi was involved in a car accident with his wife on Friday night, according to Doug Kyed of NESN.com. Langi’s injuries are considered serious, but not life-threatening. The accident occurred on Fisher Street in Foxboro and the team, players and family..." October 14

  • Bob Kraft: I respect the flag but I also respect players' right to peacefully protest

    CBS Sports "On Sept. 24, two days after President Trump said NFL owners should fire players who "disrespect the flag," 17 Patriots players knelt during the national anthem as a show of unity. Following a team meeting, the players decided to stand together with one hand over their heart and the other on the..." October 13

  • Rob Gronkowski declares himself 'good to go' vs. Jets on Sunday

    Boston Herald "As expected, Rob Gronkowski will be back on the field this week. After missing last Thursday's win against the Buccaneers with a thigh contusion, the Patriots tight end said Friday that he's "good to go" for this Sunday's matchup at the Jets, confirming a Herald report from earlier this..." October 13

  • NFL TV audience numbers continue to decline early in 2017 season

    Sporting News "No wonder alarm bells are sounding in NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s office. The league's average TV audience through Week 5 of the 2017 season dropped 7 percent vs. the same period of the 2016 season, according to Nielsen data obtained by Sporting News. Worse for the league, the average..." October 13

  • Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski limited in Thursday’s practice

    Pro Football Talk "Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was spotted on the field at the start of Wednesday’s practice, but he wound up being listed as a non-participant when the team released its injury report later in the day. Brady was spotted on the field at the start of Thursday’s practice as well and he wound up..." October 12

  • NFL: No Change To National Anthem Policy

    Pro Football Rumors "Although reports earlier this week indicated that the NFL may force players to stand for the national anthem, the NFL and NFLPA today released a joint statement indicating that the league’s policy has not been altered. “Commissioner Roger Goodell reached out to NFLPA Executive Director..." October 12

  • Former Jets linebacker David Harris ready if needed, or wanted, by Patriots for game against rivals

    Boston Herald "Not long ago, Patriots linebacker David Harris probably salivated over the thought of this week and an opportunity to dole out some revenge to his old team. Harris, a New York Jets centerpiece for 10 years, knows just how much Sunday’s game means to each side of the rivalry. And there have been..." October 12

  • Tom Brady isn’t concerned about his shoulder

    Pro Football Talk "Tom Brady has an injury to his left shoulder. It doesn’t seem that it will cause him to miss Sunday’s game against the Jets. “I’m good,” he told reporters on Wednesday. “I’m not worried about it.” He said he also wasn’t worried about getting an MRI, and he made it clear no one should be..." October 11

  • Donald Trump keeps the pressure on the NFL over anthem

    Pro Football Talk "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is really trying to move past the national anthem controversy. But President Donald Trump keeps trying to paint him into a corner, in an effort to prove that he’s the most patriotic. Trump’s at it on the Twitter machine again this morning, with more bluster..." October 11

  • Roger Goodell Sends Letter to Teams Essentially Saying They Are About to Force Players to Stand for Anthem

    Black Sports Online "The NFL is about to get on their knees for Donald Trump. Donald Trump said there should be a policy in place to force players to stand for anthem. Jerry Jones and other owners have already started the process of threatening the players. Now, Roger Goodell who works for the owners has sent a..." October 11

  • Belichick on Solder’s struggles: All of us can improve and do better

    Providence Journal "Among the many problems the Patriots have had this season, the offensive line is among the biggest. The Patriots’ offensive success is usually correlated with keeping Tom Brady upright. On Thursday night against Tampa Bay, Brady was sacked three times and hit six times. The 16 sacks on Brady..." October 10

  • Patriots' Tom Brady reportedly suffers AC joint sprain, not expected to miss time

    CBS Sports "A storm might be brewing in New England and it's not at all related to the Patriots' reliably unreliable defense. It's related to quarterback Tom Brady and the health of his non-throwing shoulder. On Tuesday, Brady missed his first practice of the season. According to Michael Giardi of NBC..." October 10

  • Donald Trump takes aim at NFL’s “tax breaks”

    Pro Football Talk "The President of the United States is on the warpath with the NFL again this morning, issuing his usual subtle threats. Donald Trump is using the NFL as a foil in his battle to make himself synonymous with patriotism and the flag, after his strong-arming teams into making guys stand for the..." October 10

  • Amendola has been model of consistency for Patriots

    Providence Journal "Danny Amendola took a pay cut each of the last three years, the latest in April when he saw his base salary slashed from $6 million to $1.25 million. That came following a season in which the ninth-year receiver saw his offensive snaps slashed to 31.9 percent and targeted passes plunge to 29,..." October 08

  • Tom Brady is taking sacks like never before

    Pro Football Talk "We noted last week that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been getting sacked more often than at any other time in his career this year. After Thursday night’s win over the Buccaneers, that remains the case. It’s true that Brady getting sacked “only” three times on Thursday against the Bucs..." October 07

  • Patriots expecting to have Gronkowski, Burkhead back for Week 6

    Larry Brown Sports "The absences of Rob Gronkowski and Rex Burkhead are not expected to last beyond Week 5. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the New England Patriots expect to have both players back for their Week 6 game against the New York Jets. Gronk was a late addition to the injury report on Wednesday and was..." October 06

  • Malcolm Butler Inadvertently Punches Patriots Teammate In On-Field Fight

    NESN "A fight broke out late in the second quarter of the New England Patriots-Tampa Bay Buccaneers “Thursday Night Football” game, and it initially was a mystery why there was no flag thrown during the skirmish. Maybe that was because Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler threw a punch but connected..." October 06

  • Tom Brady ties Joe Montana, Brett Favre for most regular-season wins ever

    Sportsnaut "Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were far from perfect Thursday night, but they were able to do enough for their third win of the season. Brady passed for 303 yards and a touchdown to help the Pats eke out a 19-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Speaking of wins, the victory marked No...." October 06

  • Rob Gronkowski injury could cost him $2 million

    Sportsnaut "Rob Gronkowski will miss Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As was noted by Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, it could cost the New England Patriots tight end $2 million, as well. As talented as Gronkowski is, injuries have been a big part of his career. He hasn’t played a full..." October 06

  • Trading away Jimmy Garoppolo now makes no sense

    Boston Herald "Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise the subject of trading Jimmy Garoppolo made its way onto the sports talk show circuit this week. Given the Patriots’ struggles on defense through the first four games, it’s fair to wonder about the potential help a Garoppolo deal might bring. CBS Sports..." October 06

  • Rob Gronkowski not expected to play for Patriots against Buccaneers

    ALL 22 "New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will be a game-time decision on Thursday Night Football against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to a report from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Gronkowski is no guarantee to be active tonight and even if he does play it’s likely that he’ll be..." October 05

  • Alan Branch did not travel with Patriots to Tampa

    247 Sports "Alan Branch won't be playing in Thursday night's contest with the Bucs. According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, the Patriots defensive lineman didn't travel with the team to Tampa Bay which means he'll be inactive for Week 5. Branch wasn't listed on the team's injury report, so the call to leave him..." October 05

  • NFL has 'no tolerance for racial comments directed to anyone'

    ESPN "If it is able to identify the person who allegedly shouted a racial slur at Terrelle Pryor on Monday night, the NFL will ban that fan from future games, league spokesman Joe Lockhart said on a conference call Thursday. "We have no tolerance for racial comments directed to anyone," Lockhart..." October 05

  • Patriots notebook: Running game finds a little momentum

    Boston Herald "Had the circumstances been a little different, perhaps it would have been more noticeable. But in Sunday’s 33-30 loss to the Carolina Panthers, it appeared the Patriots running game made some headway. The Pats fell into a 30-16 hole in the fourth quarter, so they had to abandon the run and rely..." October 05

  • All Rob Gronkowski wants from referees is consistency

    Fanrag Sports "Rob Gronkowski isn’t even asking officials to be more or less lenient with regard to contact between receivers and defensive backs. After being called for pass interference in his team’s 33-30 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, the New England Patriots superstar is simply pleading for..." October 04

  • Personal info on nearly 1,200 NFL players and agents exposed in NFLPA database leak

    USA Today "Colin Kaepernick was among 1,133 players and agents whose personal information was exposed due to a misconfigured online database operated by the NFL Players Association, according to an internet security company. Kaepernick, who was the target of death threats last year as he knelt during the..." October 04

  • Bill Reynolds: No reason to doubt the Pats will improve

    Providence Journal "OK, what exactly is going on here? What in the name of Bill Belichick is going on with this defense? So say it ain’t so, Coach Bill. Because we’ll give you a coaching mulligan for the loss at home in the first week of the season against the Chiefs. But not when you give up 33 points to..." October 03

  • Anheuser-Busch has no plans to end relationship with NFL despite rumors

    Larry Brown Sports "Anheuser-Busch may have created a recording specifically for people who were calling the company to inquire about its sponsorship of the NFL, but that does not mean the company is considering pulling the plug on one of its most profitable partnerships. Over the weekend, rumors began circulating..." October 03

  • Patriots notebook: Defense back to drawing board

    Boston Herald "There’s no simple fix to the Patriots’ defensive issues, but at least one prominent member of the unit seems to have an idea on where to start. “It’s just accountability,” linebacker Dont’a Hightower said. “It’s something that myself as well as the other 10 guys, 11, 12, whatever guys are out..." October 03

  • Stephon Gilmore still not filling bill for Patriots

    Boston Herald "No one wanted to single out one player after a defensive performance so completely inept. One did have a particularly bad day, though, and it could not be ignored. Stephon Gilmore struggled mightily in Sunday’s 33-30 loss to the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium. Outside of a few moments,..." October 02

  • Deatrich Wise Jr’s early success with Patriots no surprise to siblings

    Providence Journal "His younger brothers were sleeping when Deatrich Wise Jr. decided it was time to get to work. After coming home from his first NFL minicamp, he couldn’t wait to teach his siblings what he learned. It was 5 a.m. on a Saturday, during their summer break, when he walked into their bedrooms. Daniel..." October 01

  • 100s of Pats Fans Gather to Burn Jerseys Because They Don’t Want Equality & Like to Waste Money

    Black Sports Online "It’s not a protest if everyone is comfortable with the act of protesting, and these Patriots fans melted like snow flakes after seeing their beloved team bend the knee to recognize inequality. In fact, these group of Patriots became so angry at their team for certain Patriots players kneeling;..." September 30

  • Malcolm Butler puts in the work, and gets his Patriots mojo back

    Boston Herald "It finally all came together for cornerback Malcolm Butler. The preparation, the effort, the energy, the performance — Butler played his best game of the young season on Sunday during the Patriots’ victory against the Texans, and admitted yesterday it should be viewed as the launching point for..." September 29

  • McCourty: Patriots will be united in how they handle Sunday's anthem

    NBC Sports Boston "Devin McCourty didn't want to get into detail when asked what the Patriots will do for the national anthem before Sunday's game with the Panthers. He was willing to say, however, that what they do they will do as a team. The Patriots had 16 players kneel for the anthem last weekend, while a..." September 29

  • Dion Lewis admits lack of playing time has been 'tough': 'When I get my chance, you'll see a lot of special things'

    WEEI Boston "Through the first three games of the season, Dion Lewis hasn't had much of a role with the Patriots offense. The running back has only 12 touches in the three games and has played a total of 32 snaps. Lewis is part of a crowded Patriots backfield, but he's been by far the least used. "It's..." September 29

  • Dont’a Hightower expected to play against Panthers

    Boston Herald "Linebacker Dont’a Hightower’s time on the shelf is expected to come to an end. Hightower, who sprained his knee in the season opener, is in the game plan for the Patriots’ game against the Panthers on Sunday, according to a source. He is expected to return to the lineup barring an unforeseen..." September 29

  • NFL has not approved an automatic ejection rule

    Pro Football Talk "When Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan knocked out Packers receiver Devante Adams with a vicious (and illegal) helmet-to-helmet hit on Thursday, some argued that Trevathan should have been the first player to be sent to the showers under the league’s new rule mandating automatic ejections for..." September 29

  • Rob Gronkowski misses playing defense: 'Maybe one day I'll switch to it'

    WEEI Boston "Growing up Rob Gronkowski was more than just a tight end, he also was a stud defensive end. After playing defense on the Hail Mary to close the game last Sunday against the Texans, Gronkowski recalled his days as a defensive end. "If they put me at D-end ever, you'd see I'm a hybrid D-end,"..." September 29

  • Trump: NFL owners 'afraid' to take action against kneeling players

    Fox News Sports "President Trump, in an exclusive interview with "Fox & Friends," said that NFL owners are “afraid” to act against their players protesting the national anthem at games across the country. “The NFL is in a box and they have to do something about it,” Trump told Fox News' Pete Hegseth, in the..." September 28

  • What’s wrong with Patriots’ NFL-worst defense?

    Boston Herald "The Patriots defense is woefully bad at the moment. It’s hard to think about repeating as Super Bowl champions when you’re last in the league in points allowed, yards surrendered and passing defense. Tom Brady is a miracle maker and can cover up plenty of warts, but let’s be real. If this..." September 28

  • Justin Timberlake reportedly 'finalizing' deal to perform at Super Bowl halftime

    CBS Sports "The Super Bowl is going to get a familiar face for halftime of Super Bowl LII when the game comes to Minnesota. Pop superstar Justin Timberlake is reportedly "finalizing" a deal to perform at the event for the first time in 13 years. According to US Magazine, Timberlake and the NFL are locking..." September 27

  • DirecTV refunds Sunday Ticket subscribers who are upset over NFL protests

    New York Daily News "NFL fans who are too angry to watch the Red Zone channel can now enter the Green Zone. DirecTV is offering total refunds to Sunday Ticket customers who want to cancel their package due to the national anthem protests around the league, according to ESPN. The Sunday Ticket package, which..." September 27

  • Tom Brady, Kirk Cousins among Players of the Week

    NFL.com "From players kneeling on the sidelines to owners locking arms with players and coaches during the national anthem, Week 3 of the NFL was all about unity. Of course, there were plenty of outstanding performances on the field as well. The NFL recognized three players in each conference who excelled..." September 27

  • Patriots report card: Comeback can’t hide defense’s failures

    Boston Herald "You never are as good as you look when you win or as bad as it seems when you lose. That was the case Sunday. For all his last-second heroics, Tom Brady twice nearly lost the game. He fumbled when sacked, though the ball was recovered by David Andrews, and he threw what should have been a..." September 26