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Lawyer says Aaron Hernandez had “severe” CTE

The late Aaron Hernandez, who played three seasons with the Patriots, had a “severe” case of Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy. Lawyer Jose Baez said that Hernandez’s estate has filed a federal lawsuit against the NFL and the Patriots, arguing that the league was “fully aware of the damage that could be inflicted from repetitive impact injuries [more]

Bill Belichick sees a lot of Lawrence Taylor in J.J. Watt

Patriots coach Bill Belichick coached one of the best defensive players in NFL history, in Giants outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor. And when he watches Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, he sees a lot of similarities in their games. Via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Belichick said most of the comparisons between the only three-time [more]

NFL should be able to use flexible scheduling at any time

As the league looks for ways to make the presentation of its games more compelling on TV, the league needs to further embrace ways to present more compelling games. Currently, flexible schedule isn’t available until Week Five, and even then it can be used only twice before Week 10. Ideally, the league would have the [more]

Will Fuller won’t play this week

The Texans got wide receiver Will Fuller back on the practice field this week, but they’ll have to wait a little bit longer to get him back into game action. Fuller broke his collarbone during training camp and word at the time was that he’d need 2-3 months before being ready to get back into [more]

Alfred Blue returns to practice for first time in almost a month

Texans running back Alfred Blue returned to practice Wednesday, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Blue had not practiced since spraining his ankle in a joint practice with the Saints on Aug. 24. Blue’s sprain was a high-ankle, forcing him to miss the final two preseason games and the first two regular-season games. [more]

Tom Brady, Bill Belichick donate to J.J. Watt’s hurricane relief fund

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick contributed to Texans defensive end J.J. Watt‘s Hurricane relief fund. Brady donated $100,000, and Belichick gave $50,000. “That’s an incredibly kind gesture and shows what kind of people they are and speaks volumes about their character,” Watt said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “They’re good [more]

Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski, Dont’a Hightower practicing for Patriots

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said on Monday that the groin injury that knocked him out of last Sunday’s win over the Saints was nothing serious¬†and Wednesday provided more evidence of that. According to multiple reports from the team’s practice, Gronkowski was suited up and going through the session with the rest of the team [more]

Belichick uses golf example to explain poor offensive line play

Poor overall play can be traced to poor offensive play which can be traced to poor offensive line play. And that, in the opinion of many, can be traced to limited opportunities to practice playing on the offensive line. Patriots coach Bill Belichick, in a conference call with Houston reporters, seemed to confirm that reduced [more]

NFL reviewing whether Mexico City game can go on after earthquake

An earthquake that has killed more than 200 people in Mexico City has the NFL reviewing whether it can play there in two months. NFL V.P. for International Mark Waller said today that the league is looking into whether the planned November 19 Patriots-Raiders game can go on as scheduled. Waller did say, however, that [more]

Tom Brady named AFC offensive player of the week

Pity the team that catches Tom Brady after a bad week. The Saints bore the brunt of the Patriots’ quarterback’s poor opener, and Brady was rewarded for it Wednesday. Brady was named AFC offensive player of the week for his bounceback performance against New Orleans. Brady was 30-of-39 for 447 yards and three touchdowns, as [more]

Belichick’s Patriots have lost five times to rookie quarterbacks

Yes, the Patriots have defeated rookie quarterbacks fifteen times under coach Bill Belichick. But, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, they’ve also lost to rookie signal-callers five times. While 15-5 is an impressive win-loss mark, the notion that Belichick has lost five times to still-wet-behind-the-ears quarterbacks is a little stunning. Making it even more stunning is [more]

Deshaun Watson could make things interesting in New England

The Texans get yet another crack at the Patriots with yet another quarterback. Maybe this time it will be different. Apart from the fact that the New England defense has struggled relative to its past standard in 2017, the Patriots at times have had a hard time corralling and containing quarterbacks who are fleet of [more]

Matt Patricia on Malcolm Butler: It’s all about this year

In the season opener, Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler was on the field for every defensive snap of a 42-27 loss to the Chiefs. Butler’s playing time dropped to 75 percent of the snaps against the Saints in Week Two and didn’t start as Eric Rowe, who played a little over half the snaps each week, [more]

Rob Gronkowski unconcerned about groin injury, calling it “nothing serious”

Rob Gronkowski called it “another Monday,” meaning he worked out, watched film and feels good. The Patriots star tight end injured his groin in Sunday’s game against the Saints but reiterated Monday what he said in postgame interviews Sunday. “I’m feeling good,” Gronkowski said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN. “Everything is going smooth.” Gronkowski left [more]

Will Fuller practices for first time since breaking collarbone

Texans receiver Will Fuller practiced for the first time since breaking his collarbone Aug. 2, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. It remains unclear whether Fuller will play Sunday, though McClain said the receiver could play “if everything goes well with Fuller in practice.” Houston needs Fuller after cutting receiver Jaelen Strong on [more]

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