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 Latest Patriots Player Notes
Feb 17 2017 - Michael Floyd
  WR Michael Floyd pleaded guilty to extreme DUI and was sentenced to jail in a criminal case related to his December arrest in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Arizona Cardinals released Floyd on Dec. 14 -- two days after his drunk-driving arrest in which police said he had a blood-alcohol level of .217. Floyd, 27, faced seven charges but the other six were dropped on Thursday when he entered a guilty plea and began his sentence, according to court documents. He will spend 24 days in Maricopa County (Ariz.) Jail and another 96 days on house arrest. Floyd also will be required to complete 30 hours of community service, attend alcohol abuse classes and pay a fine of $5,115.99 as part of his plea.


Feb 16 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are discussing a contract extension. The 39-year-old is signed through the 2019 season and has a cap hit of $14 million in 2017 and $22 million in both 2018 and 2019, the Boston Herald reported. Brady will be 42 when his current contract expires. On Sunday, he told Peter King of MMQB.com that he would like to play well into his 40s.


Feb 13 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady says his record-setting performance in Super Bowl LI wasn't his best game ever despite the historic 25-point rally. Brady threw for a Super Bowl-record 466 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a 34-28 victory in overtime to win his fifth championship ring and record fourth Super Bowl MVP Award. He broke, tied or extended nine Super Bowl records. "I don't really think that is necessarily the case," Brady told TheMMQB.com's Peter King, citing a pick-six as one of the reasons.


Feb 10 2017 - James White
  RB James White, one of the stars of Super Bowl LI, finally received a truck for his record-breaking performance, courtesy of late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien and Ford. Quarterback Tom Brady, who gave his MVP truck from Super Bowl XLIX to cornerback Malcolm Butler as a way of saying thanks for his game-saving interception against Seattle Seahawks, said after last Sunday's win over the Atlanta Falcons that White deserved the honor. However, since that championship game in 2015, the Super Bowl MVP no longer receives a truck. Brady won his fourth Super Bowl MVP after guiding the Patriots to 31 unanswered points in an astounding, come-from-behind 34-28 overtime victory against the Falcons. Brady completed 43 of 62 passes for 466 yards and two touchdowns. The Patriots' eight-play, 75-yard drive in overtime ended with White's game-ending, 2-yard touchdown run. In all, White carried six times for 28 yards and two scores to go with a Super Bowl-record 14 catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. The 25-year-old White's three touchdowns and one two-point conversion totaled a record-setting 20 points in the Super Bowl.


Feb 9 2017 - Chris Long
  DE Chris Long took to social media to declare that he planned to skip the championship team's customary trip to the White House. Long's voyage on Twitter was in response to the New York Daily News' Chuck Modiano, who wrote an open letter urging the 31-year-old to skip the traditional visit. Long provided his answer, but took issue with Modiano's tone in the open letter.


Feb 7 2017 - James White
  RB James White not only had the production to be a Super Bowl MVP candidate, but the support of the man who actually earned the honor. White caught 14 passes for 110 yards, both game highs, with one touchdown. He also rushed six times for 29 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner. White added a key two-point conversion in New England's 25-point comeback to help make up for a prior missed PAT by kicker Stephen Gostkowski. Tom Brady won the MVP award for the fourth time in his career, but as he did back in Super Bowl XLIX when Malcolm Butler could have earned the award with his game-saving interception, the quarterback passed plenty of praise along to his key teammate. "I think James White deserves it. It'll be nice for him," Brady said, giving the truck that comes with the MVP award to his running back teammate as he did with Butler two years earlier. "It's just a great performance by him when we needed it the most on the biggest stage and he really came through for us."


Feb 7 2017 - Julian Edelman
  WR Julian Edelman made a crazy, circus catch for a 23-yard gain in the middle of the field on the way to New England's game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. Forget past Super Bowl circus-catch miseries of David Tyree or Mario Manningham. Forget, even, a Julio Jones sensational sideline grab earlier in the fourth quarter of this Super Bowl battle that appeared to put the Falcons in position to ice the game. The soon-to-be four-time Super Bowl MVP tried to hit Edelman crossing the field. The pass deflected off rookie Atlanta safety Keanu Neal and into the air, falling into a mess of bodies that included Edelman and multiple Falcons. Breath was held on both sidelines and throughout each team's global fandom. When the dust settled, officials ruled Edelman had caught the ball after all, for 23 yards to the Falcons 41. It was both unbelievable and appropriate at the same time. Edelman had been slumping through a series of drops and incompletions. But with the Super Bowl on the line, as he's done in the past, he somehow hauled it in. Replay review at the behest of Falcons coach Dan Quinn verified that Edelman had, indeed, made the unfathomable catch. The ball was clearly in his grip while also trapped against the leg of a Falcons defender, keeping it from hitting the ground. "I knew I had it. I felt like I got it," Edelman recalled. "I couldn't believe it," Tom Brady said, noting history. "One of the greatest catches. We've been on the other end of those." "I don't know," Edelman said behind a bearded smirk when asked if it was the best catch he's ever made. "It was only good if we won the game. Thankfully we won the game." "One of the greatest catches I've ever seen," Brady added. "I don't know how he caught it. I don't think he does."


Feb 7 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady took home his record fourth Super Bowl MVP honor as he became the first quarterback to lead his team to five Lombardi Trophies. It put the wrap on a unique season that opened with the future Hall of Famer serving a four-game NFL suspension in the aftermath of the two-year Deflategate saga. The morning after guiding the Patriots to the record 25-point comeback for the overtime 34-28 win over the Falcons, Brady was on stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to accept the MVP trophy. While many New England fans hoped Brady might use the spotlight to lash out at the perceived injustice of his suspension, the quarterback unsurprisingly took the high road, as did Goodell. "We just had an extraordinary week here in Houston capped by maybe one of the greatest games of all time," Goodell said to open the MVP press conference. "The two gentlemen that we have here have set new bars across the league. Five Super Bowl Championships and four MVPs for Tom Brady, cementing his legacy as not just a great Super Bowl performer, maybe one of the greatest players all time. And this duo, Coach (Bill) Belichick with his success of five Super Bowls, cementing his legacy as perhaps the best coach of all time. It's a great honor for us, and for me personally, to have both of these guys here this morning. Tom, come on up and get your trophy."


Feb 7 2017 - Michael Floyd
  WR Michael Floyd was a healthy scratch for Super Bowl LI, inactive for the second straight postseason game after playing in just three games overall -- the final two regular-season contests and the divisional round against Houston -- after joining the team off waivers from the Cardinals.


Feb 7 2017 - Jacoby Brissett
  QB Jacoby Brissett was inactive against Atlanta, though the rookie quarterback and the rest of the team's inactives were in full dress for pregame warmups in order to experience the Super Bowl experience as best they could.


Feb 7 2017 - Justin Coleman
  DB Justin Coleman was a healthy scratch for the final game of the year.


Feb 7 2017 - Cyrus Jones
  CB Cyrus Jones closed out his disappointing rookie season as a healthy scratch for Super Bowl LI, though he was among the group of inactives in full pads who took part in pregame warmups.


Feb 7 2017 - D.J. Foster
  RB D.J. Foster was a healthy scratch for Super Bowl LI.


Feb 7 2017 - Jordan Richards
  S Jordan Richards was once again a healthy scratch, a disappointing end to the year for the second year former second-round pick.


Feb 7 2017 - LaAdrian Waddle
  OL LaAdrian Waddle was his usual healthy scratch for the final game of the year.


Feb 7 2017 - Dion Lewis
  RB Dion Lewis left the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI with a hamstring injury and did not take part in overtime.


Feb 5 2017 - Trey Flowers
  DE Trey Flowers recorded 2.5 sacks of Falcons QB Matt Ryan in the Super Bowl, one of them a key play that helped knock Atlanta out of field-goal range in the fourth quarter.


Feb 5 2017 - Julian Edelman
  WR Julian Edelman made a potentially game-saving catch on the Patriots' game-tying drive in the Super Bowl. He was on the ground to grab a tipped pass. Edelman cradled the ball against a defender's leg and gained 23 yards. "That was one of the greatest catches I've ever seen," Patriots QB Tom Brady said of the Edelman grab. "I don't know how he caught it. I don't think he does."


Feb 5 2017 - James White
  RB James White's Super Bowl-record-tying third TD of the game was a 2-yard overtime run that gave New England the title over Atlanta. White also scored a two-point conversion, and his 20 points were a Super Bowl record. White caught a Super Bowl-record 14 passes (for 110 yards), and he added 29 yards on six rushes.


Feb 5 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady set Super Bowl records for passes (62), completions (43) and passing yards (466) en route to his record fourth Super Bowl MVP. He guided the Patriots from a 25-point deficit to an overtime win against the Falcons, throwing two touchdown passes and one interception.


Feb 3 2017 - Nate Ebner
  S Nate Ebner, the special teams ace who is returning from a concussion, again worked in a red jersey that signals the need to avoid contact Thursday. That Ebner was back on the field after returning to practice Wednesday was a positive sign as he seeks final clearance from the concussion protocol. Said coach Bill Belichick: "I expect him to be ready to play in the game."


Feb 2 2017 - Nate Ebner
  DB Nate Ebner (concussion) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday. He suffered the injury vs. Pittsburgh in the AFC title game. The member of the U.S. Olympic Rugby Team suffered two concussions this season.


Feb 2 2017 - Malcolm Mitchell
  WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday. He missed the season finale and the first playoff game with the injury but returned to play in the AFC title game.


Feb 2 2017 - Dont'a Hightower
  LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday.


Feb 2 2017 - Chris Hogan
  WR Chris Hogan (thigh) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday. Hogan enjoyed a career receiving game against Pittsburgh in the AFC title game catching nine passes for a club-playoff-record 180 yards and two touchdowns.


Feb 2 2017 - Alan Branch
  DT Alan Branch (toe) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday.


Feb 2 2017 - Martellus Bennett
  TE Martellus Bennett (knee) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday. He was injured in the second half of the playoff win over the Texans.


Feb 2 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady said he is hopeful his entire family is able to make it to Sunday's Super Bowl matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. The three-time Super Bowl MVP's mother, Gayle, has been ill for 18 months and has not seen Brady play in person this season. "I'm hoping everyone can make it. I'm hoping she can be here," Brady said.


Jan 26 2017 - Stephen Gostkowski
  K Stephen Gostkowski missed practice due to illness on Thursday. Gostkowski set the all-time record for extra points in the playoffs in last week's AFC Championship game victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Patriots are not traveling to Houston for Super Bowl LI until Monday, giving Gostkowski time to recover. New England practiced on its outdoor fields Thursday for the first time since the AFC title game. Gostkowski passed former Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri with his 67th extra point in the playoffs. Gostkowski replaced Vinatieri in 2006.


Jan 23 2017 - Nate Ebner
  S Nate Ebner left the second half of the win over the Steelers with a head injury and did not return. Ebner also plays on special teams.


Jan 23 2017 - LaAdrian Waddle
  T LaAdrian Waddle was a healthy scratch for the AFC title game, sitting out for the second straight postseason week. The veteran backup was inactive 14 times during the regular season.


Jan 23 2017 - Jordan Richards
  S Jordan Richards was a healthy scratch against Pittsburgh, missing his second straight postseason game. The disappointing former second-round pick was inactive five times in the regular season, though he did deal with a knee injury late in the year.


Jan 23 2017 - D.J. Foster
  RB D.J. Foster was a healthy scratch against Pittsburgh, sitting out his second straight postseason game. The undrafted rookie was inactive 13 times during the regular season.


Jan 23 2017 - Cyrus Jones
  CB/PR Cyrus Jones was a healthy scratch for the second straight week of the playoffs, continuing a disappointing rookie season. The Patriots' top pick was inactive six times during the regular season, struggling with ball security/decision making in the return game and failing to earn a job on defense.


Jan 23 2017 - Justin Coleman
  CB Justin Coleman was a healthy scratch for the second straight week of postseason work. The second-year reserve was inactive six times during the regular season.


Jan 23 2017 - Michael Floyd
  WR Michael Floyd was a healthy scratch for the AFC title game. The decision came in part thanks to rookie WR Malcolm Mitchell returning from a knee injury as well as Floyd's shaky performance in the divisional round against Houston. That included a slant pass that deflected off Floyd's hands and resulted in an interception.


Jan 23 2017 - LeGarrette Blount
  RB LeGarrette Blount had just 47 yards rushing on his 16 attempts in the win over the Steelers. Still, the big back was able to make his presence felt on a relatively quiet night. Blount carried what seemed like half of Pittsburgh's defense with him for an 18-yard, pile-moving gain to the goal line in the third quarter. The run set up Blount's 1-yard touchdown and, according to coach Bill Belichick, gave a boost to all who witnessed it -- not just the Patriots offense or the players on the sideline. "And the whole stadium, too," Belichick said. "That was a great play."


Jan 23 2017 - Malcolm Mitchell
  WR Malcolm Mitchell returned after missing two games with a knee injury.


Jan 23 2017 - Stephen Gostkowski
  PK Stephen Gostkowski kicked three field goals and missed an extra point in the victory, the Patriots' ninth in a row.


Jan 23 2017 - Julian Edelman
  WR Julian Edelman had eight grabs for 118 yards, the fourth 100-yard postseason game of his career, tying Deion Branch for the club mark. Edelman also passed Deion Branch and became the club leader for postseason receiving yards. Edelman and Chris Hogan became the first pair of Patriots to record more than 100 receiving yards in a playoff game since 1963.


Jan 23 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady was 32 of 42 with his 59th and 60th postseason scoring passes. It was his 11th career postseason game with 300 yards, extending his own NFL record, and he recorded his ninth three-touchdown playoff game, tying Joe Montana for the most all time.


Jan 22 2017 - Chris Hogan
  WR Chris Hogan enjoyed a career receiving game Sunday. Hogan, who signed as a free agent last offseason, caught nine passes for a club-playoff-record 180 yards and the first two-touchdown game of his career. The second TD was a 34-yarder on a flea-flicker that saw Tom Brady hand the ball to Dion Lewis, who then flipped it back to Brady for the pass. "I'm glad we got him," Brady said of Hogan. "He's just done an incredible job for us." Hogan and Julian Edelman became the first pair of Patriots to record more than 100 receiving yards in a playoff game since 1963. Hogan caught four passes for 95 yards in the division playoff win over the Houston Texans, then had his first career two-touchdown game Sunday. At one point in Sunday's game, he had been targeted eight times and caught all eight for 152 yards and a touchdown in two playoff games. He has 13 catches on 16 targets in the two postseason games and also finished with that team playoff record. "It will be something that definitely I'll remember for the rest of my career and probably for the rest of my life," Hogan said. "Someone told me that this is going to be a game that you'll look back on 30 years from now and you'll remember it, exactly what happened."


Jan 18 2017 - Jabaal Sheard
  DL Jabaal Sheard (knee) was added to the injury report after being limited in practice on Wednesday.


Jan 18 2017 - Malcolm Mitchell
  WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) remains limited in practice. The rookie missed the regular season finale and the playoff opener because of the injury.


Jan 18 2017 - Chris Hogan
  WR Chris Hogan (thigh) was limited in practice on Wednesday. Hogan left the third quarter of the win over the Texans and did not return, although he said this week he could have finished the game had he needed to.


Jan 18 2017 - Dont'a Hightower
  LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) was limited in practice because of a new injury. The Pro Bowler dealt with a knee injury over the course of the regular season.


Jan 18 2017 - Brandon Bolden
  RB Brandon Bolden (knee) was another new addition to the injury report, and was limited in practice on Wednesday.


Jan 18 2017 - Martellus Bennett
  TE Martellus Bennett (knee) was limited in practice because of the injury sustained in the second half of the win over the Texans. Bennett was attended to by trainers, but walked off under his own power and returned a couple plays later to finish the game.


Jan 18 2017 - Danny Amendola
  WR Danny Amendola (ankle) was limited in practice on Wednesday after returning to his first game in more than a month against the Texans. Amendola saw limited work against Houston after missing the final four games of the regular season with a reported high ankle sprain.


Jan 15 2017 - LaAdrian Waddle
  T LaAdrian Waddle was a healthy scratch for the divisional playoff game. The veteran backup was inactive 14 times during the regular season.



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