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Week Three injury report roundup

Week Three kicked off on Thursday with a Rams win and it continues with 14 more games on Sunday, which means that the 28 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday. Questionable players are uncertain to play, doubtful players are unlikely to play and out should be self-explanatory. Players [more]

Patriots rookie Harvey Langi fined for facemask

Undrafted rookie Harvey Langi made his NFL debut Sunday. The Patriots linebacker played six defensive snaps, 12 special teams snaps and made one special teams tackle. He also came out of it with a $9,115 fine for unnecessary roughness. Langi was penalized for grabbing a facemask on a first-quarter kickoff. It gave the Saints good [more]

Patriots placing Vincent Valentine on injured reserve, promoting Geneo Grissom

The Patriots are placing defensive tackle Vincent Valentine on injured reserve, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. New England will promote defensive end Geneo Grissom off its practice squad, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Valentine’s knee injury has kept him mostly out of practice since the season started. The Patriots drafted Valentine in the third round [more]

Rob Gronkowski says he’s ready to go after groin injury

The Patriots finished last Sunday’s victory over the Saints without the help of tight end Rob Gronkowski due to a groin injury, but it looks like they’ll be starting this Sunday’s game with him on the field. Gronkowski was on the field for Wednesday’s practice, but wound up listed as a non-participant in the session. [more]

No plans to move Patriots-Raiders from Mexico City

After an earthquake on Tuesday that killed more than 200 people and toppled buildings in and around Mexico City, the NFL said it was looking into whether the game between the Patriots and Raiders scheduled for November 19 could still be played as planned at the city’s Estadio Azteca. On Friday, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart [more]

NFL cautions against painting Aaron Hernandez as a victim

The NFL didn’t have a response to the news of the Aaron Hernandez lawsuit against the league and the Patriots on Thursday. On Friday, the league definitely had one. League spokesman Joe Lockhart, during a periodic media briefing, stressed that the news of Hernandez’s “severe” case of CTE should not result in Hernandez being treated [more]

Malcolm Butler: I haven’t been playing well enough

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia were asked earlier this week about cornerback Malcolm Butler not starting a game for the first time since his rookie season in 2014 and both men answered that their decisions are based on the present rather than the past. Belichick also said that he doesn’t [more]

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]

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