Patriots announce that WR Kenbrell Thompkins and OT Nate Solder will not play tomorrow against #Ravens.
MassLive.com "Aaron Dobson is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, but this may be the week he returns to action. The rookie wide receiver traveled with the Patriots to Baltimore, according to a source, making it possible that his three-week absence due to a foot..." December 21
CSN Baltimore "The Ravens are not worried about defensive tackle Arthur Jones, who is having his best season. However, the Ravens are worried about Jones’ brother, Chandler Jones. He leads the Patriots in sacks with 11½, and with Joe Flacco expected to play on an injured left knee, the last thing the Ravens want..." December 21
Second running session today @Fischer_PT since Achilles surgery. Pretty excited about that
CSN Baltimore "Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones feels like he is getting the cold shoulder from his brother, Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones. The Jones brothers will be on opposite sidelines Sunday. Apparently, Chandler is not too eager to discuss the matchup. “I don’t know what (Bill) Belichick..." December 20
Boston Herald "Aqib Talib has a couple different limps. The first drips with a swagger so contagious it spreads through the entire Patriots defense, as the cornerback performs with so much confidence that he can erase an all-world tight end in Jimmy Graham or get into a street fight with Steve Smith on..." December 20
WEEI Boston "A New Bedford judge ordered the North Attleboro house and other assets of accused murderer Aaron Hernandez frozen at the request of the family of Odin Lloyd, which is suing the former Patriots tight end. Bristol County Super Court judge Richard T. Moses made his ruling Thursday with no..." December 20
New York Daily News "The NFL has discussed moving the Super Bowl — possibly up to Saturday or back to Monday, Tuesday or the following weekend — in the event of a major snowstorm. The NFL will be playing its first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium and it could be played on a day other than Sunday..." December 19
Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s blackout policy could soon be blacked out. The Federal Communications Commissions officially has proposed the adoption of a rule preventing sports leagues from blacking out games. It’s the first official step in a process that now welcomes commentary from the public regarding the..." December 19
MassLive.com "Nate Solder missed Wednesday’s practice with his second diagnosed concussion in as many weeks. The left tackle was knocked out of Sunday’s game early in the fourth quarter after taking a knee to the head. Solder also suffered a concussion against the Cleveland Browns and missed practice last..." December 18
Boston Herald "Tearing an Achilles tendon is a tough injury to come back from for any athlete. It poses an even greater challenge for a massive defensive lineman who has advanced past the age of 30. Speaking for the first time since suffering the season-ending injury to his right foot in Week 4 against..." December 18
NFL.com "Tom Brady won't have tight end Rob Gronkowski to throw to anymore this season, but a pair of rookie wide receivers are on their way back for the New England Patriots. Aaron Dobson (foot) and Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) were on hand for the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media,..." December 18
CBSSports.com "While Aaron Hernandez sits in a jail cell awaiting the trial he'll face for the alleged murder of Odin Lloyd, the former Patriots tight end and his representatives are still trying to collect the money they believe New England owes him. In October, the NFLPA filed two grievances to get the..." December 17
Foxsports.com "Despite reports to the contrary, as of now, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is not expected to appear in the upcoming 'Entourage' movie. Last Friday, The Buzzer picked up a TMZ report that said Gronkowski would still film his cameo in February despite recently suffering a torn ACL and MCL on..." December 17
CBSSports.com "In the year 2013, Google isn't a company. It's a thing you do when you need information. Sports fans are always searching for information, but what did they seek out the most in the past year? Well, according to Google's Zeitgeist there wasn't a more cranked up search term in sports than Aaron..." December 17
Pats Pulpit "Some positive news on the injury front. NFL Network's, and former Boston Globe leading man, Albert Breer is reporting that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has a torn ACL/MCL but not a dislocated knee. The expected time frame for Gronk is to have surgery in two weeks once the swelling has gone..." December 16
Fansided "It was a rough day for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, one that didn’t get any better during his post game press conference where he was asked about the game. This is customary, to ask questions about the game given that’s what the press is supposed to do, but Brady wasn’t in the mood..." December 16
Pro Football Talk "Last Sunday night, Peter King of TheMMQB.com and I reported on Football Night in America that the league has been discussing centralized replay review, and that the discussions will continue. The discussions are accelerating. Per a league source, replay review could be removed from the..." December 16
Miami Herald "Welcome to the big time, Ryan Tannehill. And welcome to the Dolphins, Michael Thomas. The Dolphins’ quarterback went out and beat Tom Brady. Tannehill directed a 60-yard, game-winning touchdown drive, capped by a 14-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Thigpen with 75 seconds left. Then it was..." December 16
The Patriots have downgraded WRs Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson to out for Sunday's game.
CSN New England "Bill Belichick had three question-and-answer sessions in a two-day span earlier this week, and in his opening remarks for each, unprovoked, he pointed out that the Dolphins have proven that they can block punts. It's a top-of-mind issue for the Patriots, it seems. "Good in the kicking game,"..." December 14
Boston Herald "It’s been a season full of unusual storylines for the Patriots. From injuries to multiple key players, Tebowmania and multiple court proceedings, the story of Julian Edelman’s emergence has been lost in the shuffle. With three games left in his fifth season, Edelman has already put up career..." December 14
TMZ.com "He can barely walk, but Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says his obliterated knee won't keep him from appearing in the upcoming "Entourage" movie. TMZ Sports spoke with Gronk's entertainment manager Henry Penzi who tells us ... despite the fact he tore the MCL and ACL in his right knee last..." December 14
Boston Globe "Denver’s loss on Thursday night has opened the door for the Patriots to grab the AFC’s No. 1 playoff seed, but tread lightly when asking coach Bill Belichick about the opportunity his team has now been given. If the Patriots beat the Dolphins on Sunday in Miami, they’ll join Denver with the..." December 13
MassLive.com "Aaron Dobson returned to practice Friday after missing the last two weeks with a foot sprain. With Dobson back, every available player was in attendance Friday. It is unknown if the wide receiver will play this weekend against Miami. Dobson was seen as recently as Sunday wearing a walking..." December 13
Starting left tackle Nate Solder (concussion) returns to practice, per @FieldYates. WR Aaron Dobson (foot) the lone absence today.
ESPN Boston "Six weeks into the 2013 NFL season, the Patriots stood at 5-1, atop the AFC East. The record was good. The offense wasn't quite as good, as it was just 22nd in scoring, down from first the season before. But… There was a but. Rob Gronkowski, the team's game-changing tight end, was due..." December 12
NFL.com "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell indicated Wednesday that the league is considering making fundamental changes with how in-game replay reviews are handled. "I think our officials do an incredible job, but there's always room for improvement," Goodell told NFL Media's Albert Breer at the Special..." December 12
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
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
MRI confirms torn ACL for Rob Gronkowski, per league source.
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