Patriots Rumors & News

  • Phillip Dorsett hopes to play Sunday

    Boston Herald "One after another, Patriots wide receivers have fallen victim to injury over the past month. But according to Phillip Dorsett, there is no panic in the locker room over the unit’s health going forward. “Injuries happen. It’s football,” Dorsett said during yesterday’s open locker room. “If..." September 19

  • NFL investigating domestic violence accusation against line judge

    ESPN "The NFL is investigating an accusation of domestic violence against line judge Carl Johnson, who was once the league's vice president of officiating. "The matter is under review under of the league's personal conduct policy," a league spokesman said Tuesday. All league employees are subject..." September 19

  • NFL monitoring CFL’s decision to end contact practices

    Sportsnaut "It was announced last week that the Canadian Football League (CFL) was ending contact practices during the season. To many, this came as an absolute shock. How are teams expected to prepare for the physical nature of football without actually practicing what a game itself entails? In an attempt..." September 19

  • Through two weeks, NFL teams are struggling to find the end zone

    Pro Football Talk "NFL TV ratings are down, and NFL touchdowns are down, and those two things are probably related. Fans like to watch teams score touchdowns, and there just haven’t been enough of them so far this season. NFL teams are averaging 2.1 touchdowns per game so far this season, compared to 2.6..." September 19

  • Brandin Cooks’ New Orleans return with Patriots simply winner

    Boston Herald "It wasn’t a statistically significant return to New Orleans for Brandin Cooks, but it was still a successful one. On a day when Tom Brady threw for the third-most yards in his career, Cooks finished with 37 yards on two catches. The first-year Patriot was targeted four times, tied for fourth on..." September 18

  • Tom Brady explains why he's especially 'proud' of Rob Gronkowski this year

    CBS Sports "In Tom Brady's new book "The TB12 Method," Brady details how athletes can stay healthy throughout their careers. His teammate, Rob Gronkowski, is more well-known for his party habits, but he's putting his money where his mouth is these days. Gronk has undertaken the Brady diet, which is..." September 18

  • Cowboys dominate Forbes' 2017 list of most valuable NFL franchises, Bills rank last

    CBS Sports "If Jerry Jones ever decides to sell the Dallas Cowboys, someone is going to have to write him a monstrous check because the team is now worth nearly $5 billion. For the 11th consecutive year, the Cowboys are No. 1 on Forbes' annual list of the NFL's most valuable franchises with an estimated value..." September 18

  • Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower could return this week

    Fanrag Sports "Dont’a Hightower may not be out much longer. The New England Patriots linebacker, who is recovering from a sprained MCL injury, could return as soon as this week, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport. After getting checked out by two different doctors, Hightower’s MCL injury was..." September 18

  • Rob Gronkowski's groin injury reportedly not believed to be serious

    WEEI Boston "Rob Gronkowski left Sunday's game against the Saints with a groin injury suffered in the second half and didn't return. He didn't formally speak after the game, but indicated to reporters he was "fine." The morning after, there appears to be good news, as according to NFL Media's Ian..." September 18

  • Patriots bounce Willie Beavers from practice squad

    Pro Football Talk "The disappointing NFL career of Willie Beavers has hit another pothole. The Patriots released the former fourth-round pick from the practice squad on Saturday. He’d been added to the group on September 5, after being cut by the Vikings on September 2." September 17

  • Patriots' Hightower sought 2nd opinion on knee injury

    247 Sports "Dont'a Hightower sought out some more clarity on his injured knee. According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, the New England Patriots linebacker visited with Dr. James Andrews over the last week to get a second opinion on the knee which he suffered an injury to in the team's opener against the Kansas..." September 17

  • Phillip Dorsett learns offense on the fly

    Boston Herald "Phillip Dorsett for a limited workload against the Chiefs, the Patriots may have no choice but to give the wide receiver much more responsibility today against the Saints. Dorsett was in a tough spot a couple weeks ago, having just three practices to prepare for Kansas City. As such, he only..." September 17

  • Rex Burkhead heads to locker room

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots are well on their way to a win in New Orleans, but it may wind up being a costly one. Running back Rex Burkhead went to the locker room in the fourth quarter of the game with what the Patriots later announced is a ribs injury. Burkhead opened the scoring with a touchdown catch, but..." September 17

  • Rob Gronkowski suffers groin injury in Week 2

    Sportsnaut "The New England Patriots watched tight end Rob Gronkowski exit Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints and head into the medical tent. After much speculation about what the potential injury might be, the Patriots reported Gronkowski was questionable to return with a groin injury." September 17

  • Tom Brady on Colin Kaepernick: 'I Hope He Gets a Shot'

    SI "New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says that Colin Kaepernick is qualified for an NFL job. Brady is the latest NFL player to comment on the free-agent quarterback, who has not been signed to an active roster, despite belief that he is better than some of the quarterback who have..." September 17

  • Brandin Cooks' frustrations with Saints led to trade to Patriots "It had been rumored for months. And yet, when the Saints traded star wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Patriots in March, it was one of the most shocking circumstances of this offseason. With the two teams set to play one another today at 1 p.m. ET, let's take a look back at how this trade --..." September 17

  • Patriots rule out Dont'a Hightower, Danny Amendola and Matthew Slater for Week 2

    CBS Sports "If the Patriots are going to respond to their Week 1 loss to the Chiefs with a win in New Orleans, they're going to need to overcome three key injuries. On Friday, the Patriots ruled out three key players for their Week 2 game against the Saints on Sunday. Those three players:..." September 16

  • Burkhead 'definitely comfortable' working in slot if Patriots need wide receiver help

    CSN New England "With Danny Amendola missing a second straight day of practice (concussion/knee), it’s becoming more likely that the Patriots will head into Sunday’s matchup at New Orleans dangerously thin at wide receiver. Not ideal, especially not coming off a loss. Newcomer Philip Dorsett became the third..." September 15

  • Rob Gronkowski acknowledges opposing DBs are extra physical with him, but needs to overcome it

    WEEI Boston "Last Thursday against the Chiefs wasn't Rob Gronkowski's best game. The tight end finished with just two catches for 33 yards in the 42-27 loss. A big reason for this was how physical the Chiefs defensive backs were with him, arguably toeing the line of defensive holding/pass interference on..." September 15

  • Tom Brady: No Chance This Is My Last Season

    CBS Boston "Retirement doesn’t appear to be on Tom Brady’s radar. In an interview with Norah O’Donnell of CBS This Morning, Brady was asked if there is any chance this is his last season. The future Hall of Famer’s answer was short. “No,” he replied. Brady told O’Donnell his training has allowed him..." September 15

  • Patriots reportedly have worked out a number of players recently, including an interesting WR

    WEEI Boston "As is typically the case early in the season, the Patriots have been very busy with working out players. Most of this is due diligence for later in the season if needs arise. According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Patriots have recently brought in receivers Daniel Braverman, Tevaun Smith, Jahad..." September 15

  • Brady: Concussions part of ‘the physical nature of our game’

    Sportsnet "New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says in a television interview that he doesn’t worry about concussions and considers them part of playing football. In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Brady says: "I’m not oblivious to them. I mean, I understand the risks that, you know, come..." September 14

  • Danny Amendola injury leaves Patriots punt return duties up in the air

    Boston Herald "Ever the special teams enthusiast, Bill Belichick loves to praise punters. Before last year’s game with the Los Angeles Rams, the Patriots coach called Johnny Hekker “a tremendous weapon.” During his press conference yesterday, Belichick’s opening remarks included a description of New Orleans..." September 14

  • Patriots Waived DB D.J. Killings From I.R. With An Injury Settlement.

    NFL Trade Rumors "The New England Patriots officially waived DB D.J. Killings from their injured reserve with an injury settlement. Killings, 22, signed on with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Central Florida back in May. " September 13

  • In new book, Tom Brady says he never threw ball better than 2016

    ESPN "New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's new book, "The TB12 Method," arrived at the doorstep on Tuesday. Published by Simon & Schuster, the book details Brady's training regimen -- pliability is a common theme, as is sustained peak performance. It is 305 pages and written in Brady's..." September 13

  • NFL veteran thinks national anthem protests are ‘basically dead’

    Larry Brown Sports "With the number of national anthem protests we saw during the NFL preseason, it was widely expected that Week 1 would feature several such demonstrations across the league. Surprisingly, there were very few. That may not have been a coincidence. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report spoke with..." September 13

  • Job won’t get easier for Van Noy, Patriots linebackers

    Boston Herald "The play sort of typified the night for the Patriots linebackers. In the second quarter of the Pats’ 42-27 season-opening loss to Kansas City last Thursday, the Chiefs faced second-and-7 from their own 11-yard line. Kyle Van Noy lined up in the middle, but after some quick discussion with..." September 12

  • Tom Brady hasn't paid much attention to Colin Kaepernick situation

    WEEI Boston "One of the biggest topics in the NFL last offseason and now carrying over into the regular season is quarterback Colin Kaepernick not having a job with a NFL team. The former 49ers quarterback has knelt during the national anthem in protest of social injustice and inequality as well as being..." September 12

  • Cardinals Signing D.J. Foster Off Patriots’ Practice Squad

    CBS Boston "The Patriots are set to lose one of their depth players at running back. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Arizona Cardinals are singing D.J. Foster from the Patriots’ practice squad. The Cardinals had a need at running back after starter David Johnson suffered a wrist injury on..." September 11

  • Patriots replacing new turf at Gillette Stadium after embarrassing loss to Chiefs

    CBS Sports "So it was the turf then. On Monday, four days after the Patriots were embarrassed by the Chiefs in the season opener, ESPN's Mike Reiss reported that the Patriots are replacing their turf at Gillette Stadium even though it was installed in May, which means the Patriots only played three games..." September 11

  • Tom Brady: Stewing over Chiefs loss for weekend “kind of sucked”

    Pro Football Talk "The only real silver lining for the Patriots after their opening week thrashing was that they had a couple of extra days to rest after losing to Kansas City last Thursday. But for quarterback Tom Brady, that made it worse. During his weekly appearance on WEEI, Brady said having to stew over..." September 11

  • Pats’ talented running backs must be utilized more

    Boston Herald "With wide receiver Julian Edelman out for the season, wideout Danny Amendola suffering a head injury in the season opener, and teams now having a measure of success taking away the middle of the field, it’s time for Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to get creative. And he need look..." September 11

  • Offenses looked bad across the NFL on Sunday

    Pro Football Talk "If you thought the offenses looked bad across the NFL on Sunday, you were correct. Yesterday’s 12 NFL games averaged just 37 points and 593 yards of total offense. That’s a far cry from what fans came to expect in 2016, when the average NFL game had 46 points and 701 yard of..." September 11

  • With many well-armed foes ahead, Patriots defense needs quick fix

    Boston Herald "The Patriots defense just surrendered 42 points to a quarterback who was supposed to be one of their softies on the schedule. Only Alex Smith proved to be no layup. The Chiefs quarterback put on a clinic at the expense of Matt Patricia’s defense. Big plays, long drives, it was all on display..." September 10

  • 49ers nearly landed Patriots combo of coach and GM during offseason search

    CBS Sports "San Francisco's ownership is thrilled with the early returns and high potential of their new coach/general manager combo of Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch, but they came closer than most realize to hiring another dynamic duo. The 49ers intently pursued Patriots offensive coordinator Josh..." September 10

  • Pats fans calling for Garoppolo to start over Brady

    The Sports Daily "Tom Brady has five Super Bowl rings, and might be the greatest quarterback of all-time. He led the Patriots to the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history earlier this year, helping the team fight back from a 28-3 deficit. But there are certain Patriots fans who are overreacting and think it’s..." September 09

  • Teams have called Patriots to see if Dion Lewis is available in a trade

    ALL 22 "The New England Patriots are currently carrying five running backs on their roster and their depth at the position has several teams interested in a potential trade for Dion Lewis. In addition to Lewis, the Patriots are carrying Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee, James White and Brandon Bolden. Jeff..." September 09

  • Danny Amendola suffers head injury in Patriots' loss "Danny Amendola's promising opening night was cut short. The Patriots wide receiver did not return to New England's 42-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs after suffering a head injury in the second half. Amendola was Tom Brady's top-targeted receiver at the time of his exit, hauling in six..." September 08

  • Tom Brady, Patriots Vets Call Out Team After Embarrassing Loss

    NESN "New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick usually urges his team to “ignore the noise.” Did the entire team skip that meeting this summer? Based on how the Patriots performed Thursday night against the Kansas City Chiefs in the 42-27 loss, it appeared they convinced themselves they’d not..." September 08

  • Patriots Working Out WR Marquess Wilson & QB Thad Lewis

    NFL Trade Rumors "Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Patriots are bringing in free agent WR Marquess Wilson for a workout on Friday. Ian Rapoport adds that the Patriots are also working out QB Thad Lewis and WR Jordan Payton today. Wilson, 24, is a former seventh-round pick of the Bears back..." September 08

  • Patriots sign Kyle Van Noy to contract extension

    Pro Football Talk "Thursday night was a bad one for the Patriots defense, but it didn’t keep the team from making sure one member of the unit sticks around beyond this season. Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that the team has reached agreement on a contract extension with linebacker Kyle Van Noy. It’s a..." September 08

  • Patriots Worked Out QBs Matt Barkley, Matt McGloin & David Fales

    NFL Trade Rumors "Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Patriots brought in free agents QBs Matt Barkley, Matt McGloin and David Fales for workouts on Friday. Barkley, 27, is a former fourth-round pick by the Eagles of the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent two years with the Eagles before he was traded to the Cardinals..." September 08

  • Randy Moss on Hall of Fame voting: ‘It’s a political war’

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "In the days leading up to his Monday night induction into the Vikings’ Ring of Honor, Randy Moss has spent time reflecting on his 14-year playing career with the aid of the internet. Moss has taken to typing his name into YouTube and watching some of the highlights that made him a six-time Pro..." September 08

  • Patriots CB Malcolm Butler Likely Playing Final Year In New England

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport of NFL Media mentions that 2017 is expected to be CB Malcolm Butler‘s final season with the Patriots, as the team has already invested big money in Stephon Gilmore and are unlikely to use their franchise tag on Butler next year. Rapoport adds that while the Patriots have made a..." September 08

  • NBC fails to mention Roger Goodell clown towels during Patriots telecast

    WEEI Boston "NBC Sports told Sports Illustrated it would comprehensively cover Roger Goodell’s highly anticipated return to Gillette Stadium. “We will show the commissioner during coverage of the game, and cover any related news appropriately,” the network said in a statement. But as it turns out, NBC..." September 08

  • Report: Dont’a Hightower suffered minor MCL sprain, could play Week 2

    Larry Brown Sports "The New England Patriots cannot afford to lose any more players on the defensive side of the ball after they were torched for 42 points on Thursday night, and fortunately for them it sounds like Dont’a Hightower may not miss any time. Hightower left his team’s loss against the Kansas City..." September 08

  • Patriots Place WR Malcolm Mitchell On Injured Reserve, Promote OL Ted Karras

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Patriots are WR Malcolm Mitchell on injured reserve Thursday. Tom Curran adds that the Patriots are promoting OL Ted Karras to their active roster. According to Mike Reiss, the Patriots signed DB Jomal Wiltz to their practice squad. This will cost..." September 07

  • Roger Goodell Has a Ridiculous Plan to Avoid Patriots Fans Tonight

    12 Up "​When you think of great rivalries in sports, teams such as the Yankees and the Red Sox come to mind. Well maybe it's time to consider the Patriots vs. Roger Goodell a rivalry. To say that New England's management and fans get along nicely with the NFL commissioner would be nothing short of a..." September 07

  • Rob Gronkowski says Edelman is 'not a replaceable player,' and he might be right

    CBS Sports "The New England Patriots begin their season on Thursday night against the Kansas City Chiefs in Foxborough, when they will unveil their new 11-banner setup and kick off their Super Bowl title defense. Julian Edelman will not be on the field for the Pats after suffering a torn ACL during the..." September 07

  • Last season is in the past for the Patriots

    Providence Journal "The Patriots made it clear from the start of training camp they’re finished with last season. You know, the one that saw them claim their eighth straight AFC East title, make their sixth straight appearance in the AFC Championship Game, reach the Super Bowl for the third time in six seasons,..." September 07