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 Latest Patriots Player Notes
Sep 22 2014 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady finished completing 24 of 37 passes for 234 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions for a 91.5 rating. He was sacked twice and hit six times by the Raiders as the pass protection continues to be a major factor in the aerial struggles.


Sep 22 2014 - Ryan Wendell
  C Ryan Wendell missed his second straight game due to a knee injury.


Sep 22 2014 - Bryan Stork
  C Bryan Stork, a fourth-round rookie, saw action in the fourth quarter for the second straight week as the Patriots continue to search for the right offensive line combination. Dan Connolly started at center once again, but bumped over to right guard when Stork entered the game, sending Jordan Devey to the sideline.


Sep 22 2014 - Sealver Siliga
  DT Sealver Siliga left the first half of the win over Oakland with a foot injury and did not return. The veteran had previously been limited in practice while dealing with a hand injury.


Sep 22 2014 - Alfonzo Dennard
  CB Alfonzo Dennard missed his second straight game due to a shoulder injury. The third-year starter had a shoulder procedure this offseason and was limited for much of the summer on PUP. With him out of action second-year backup Logan Ryan was forced into starting action and struggled against Oakland.


Sep 22 2014 - Kenbrell Thompkins
  WR Aaron Dobson was a healthy scratch against the Raiders. The second-round pick from a year ago had made his season debut in Week 2 in Minnesota. Dobson missed most of the offseason and training camp working back from foot surgery but has not be listed on the injury report during the regular season. Kenbrell Thompkins, who had been a healthy scratch a week earlier, replaced Dobson on the active roster against Oakland, catching one pass for 16 yards a week after Dobson caught one pass for 13 yards. "We just try to take everything into consideration when we go with our final 46-man active roster the game plan, the matchups, the different roles in the kicking game and sometimes how that affects other positions," coach Bill Belichick said Monday.


Sep 22 2014 - Aaron Dobson
  WR Aaron Dobson was a healthy scratch against the Raiders. The second-round pick from a year ago had made his season debut in Week 2 in Minnesota. Dobson missed most of the offseason and training camp working back from foot surgery but has not be listed on the injury report during the regular season. Kenbrell Thompkins, who had been a healthy scratch a week earlier, replaced Dobson on the active roster against Oakland, catching one pass for 16 yards a week after Dobson caught one pass for 13 yards. "We just try to take everything into consideration when we go with our final 46-man active roster the game plan, the matchups, the different roles in the kicking game and sometimes how that affects other positions," coach Bill Belichick said Monday.


Sep 22 2014 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski hasn't been his dominant self in his first three games working back from the torn ACL he suffered last December. The Pro Bowler has 11 catches for 116 yards with two scores. He was on the receiving end of Tom Brady's only touchdown throw in Sunday's win over Oakland, marking the 44th time the duo has connect on a touchdown. That success ranks tied for third in NFL history for a QB-TE tandem, trailing New England's own pair in Drew Bledsoe/Ben Coates (45) and San Diego's Philip Rivers/Antonio Gates (63). "Just a little over route and just got open on the linebacker, and Tom put a nice ball right there, and I just made the catch and got in. So, good job by everyone as a unit, and we executed well," Gronkowski said of his score, although like the rest of the team he knows the passing attack still has much room for growth. "Sometimes there is frustration but you always want to move on to the next play, and that's what we were doing. We did enough this game, but that's not always going to get the job done. We've just got to keep working together as a unit and keep working hard."


Sep 22 2014 - Vince Wilfork
  NT Vince Wilfork sealed New England's win over the Raiders with an interception of a Derek Carr pass that bounced off the chest of Oakland WR Denarius Moore. Wilfork made the play at the New England 11, just after an apparent touchdown by the visitors was called back for holding. Wilfork held on to the deflected ball and New England held on for the stunningly difficult victory in the home opener. It was the third career interception for the Pro Bowl defensive lineman, who is more athletic than his position and build might indicate. He's also now one of six different Patriots tied for the team lead with one interception. "Wilfork island?," New England safety Devin McCourty joked. "He kind of called that he would get another one this year. Hopefully we'll slow him down and pick up our play. We don't want him at the top of the leader board. He could have worked on his run after the catch but I think he is so smart and he knows situational football that he just got down and let the offense come on and take a couple of knees." "It always feels good to get an interception," Wilfork said, crediting the entire defense for the effort on the game-clinching play.


Sep 21 2014 - Julian Edelman
  WR Julian Edelman continues to be Tom Brady's top target. After catching six passes in each of the first two games, the slot man grabbed 10 for 84 yards on Sunday, the fourth double-digit reception game of his career. As far as the struggles of the offense, he said, "If we get better every week, that's our goal. We're going to have a tough one ahead of us with Monday Night Football against Kansas City."


Sep 21 2014 - Vince Wilfork
  DT Vince Wilfork came down with the game-clinching deflected interception in the final minute to seal Sunday's win. It was the third pick of the big guy's career, two of them coming against Oakland. His other two INTs came in 2011. "Luckily I just came up with the play," he said. "That was a great defensive play (by the unit)."


Sep 21 2014 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski, who continues his battle back from knee surgery, caught his second touchdown pass of the season on Sunday and has recorded at least one catch in his last 53 games. It was his 44th TD pass from Tom Brady, with the duo now tied for third for the most passes from a QB to his TE. San Diego's Phil Rivers to Antonio Gates is the all-time leader, at 63, and Brady and Gronkowski are tied with the then-Indianapolis duo of Peyton Manning and Dallas Clark.


Sep 21 2014 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady recorded the 150th regular-season victory in Sunday's 16-9 win over the Oakland Raiders. That is third on the NFL's all-time list. But has yet to throw for 250 yards in a game this season, as his team continues to look for its offense. "We have to find a way to score more points. If we don't, we're going to get beat," he said after the Pats won their second straight to go to 2-1. "We've got to play a lot better ... we're capable of it."


Sep 19 2014 - Sealver Siliga
  DT Sealver Siliga (hand) is probable for Sunday's game vs. the Oakland Raiders.


Sep 19 2014 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) is probable for Sunday's game vs. the Oakland Raiders.


Sep 19 2014 - Julian Edelman
  WR Julian Edelman (back) is probable for Sunday's game vs. the Oakland Raiders.


Sep 19 2014 - Dan Connolly
  G Dan Connolly (knee) is probable for Sunday's game vs. the Oakland Raiders.


Sep 19 2014 - Ryan Wendell
  C Ryan Wendell (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Oakland Raiders.


Sep 19 2014 - Shane Vereen
  RB Shane Vereen (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Oakland Raiders.


Sep 19 2014 - Don Jones
  S Don Jones (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Oakland Raiders.


Sep 19 2014 - Alfonzo Dennard
  CB Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Oakland Raiders.


Sep 19 2014 - Jamie Collins
  LB Jamie Collins (thigh) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Oakland Raiders.


Sep 19 2014 - Michael Buchanan
  DE Michael Buchanan (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Oakland Raiders.


Sep 18 2014 - Ryan Wendell
  C Ryan Wendell remains limited in practice with the knee injury that forced him to miss last Sunday's trip to Minnesota to take on the Vikings.


Sep 18 2014 - Shane Vereen
  RB Shane Vereen was limited in practice on Wednesday with a shoulder injury.


Sep 18 2014 - Sealver Siliga
  DT Sealver Siliga remains limited in practice with a hand injury that forces him to wear a cast in game action.


Sep 18 2014 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski continues to be limited in practice as he works back from the torn ACL he suffered last December. The tight end has played in each of the first two weeks.


Sep 18 2014 - Julian Edelman
  WR Julian Edelman was limited in practice with a back injury.


Sep 18 2014 - Dan Connolly
  OL Dan Connolly was limited in practice with a knee injury. The veteran did not finish Sunday's game in Minnesota.


Sep 18 2014 - Jamie Collins
  LB Jamie Collins returned to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday after missing practice late last week and sitting out the Week 2 win over the Vikings with a thigh injury.


Sep 18 2014 - Michael Buchanan
  DL Michael Buchanan remains limited in practice with an ankle injury that's kept him out of the first two games.


Sep 18 2014 - Alfonzo Dennard
  CB Alfonzo Dennard was limited in practice due to a shoulder injury that kept him out of Sunday's win in Minnesota, although the third-year player had not appeared on last week's injury report.


Sep 18 2014 - Don Jones
  S Don Jones missed practice on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury.


Sep 18 2014 - Jerod Mayo
  LB Jerod Mayo missed practice on Wednesday, but it was not injury related.


Sep 18 2014 - Dax Swanson
  DB Daxton Swanson was re-signed to the Patriots practice squad Sept. 17. The undrafted rookie had spent the summer in New England.


Sep 16 2014 - Kona Schwenke
  DL Kona Schwenke was signed to the practice squad by the Patriots Tuesday (Sept. 16). Schwenke, 22, originally was signed by Kansas City as a rookie free agent out of Notre Dame on May 19, 2014. The 6-foot-4, 297-pounder, was released by the Chiefs on Aug. 30, 2014 and spent 10 days on the practice squad before being released on Sept. 11, 2014.


Sep 16 2014 - Caylin Hauptmann
  OL Caylin Hauptmann was signed to the practice squad by the Patriots Tuesday (Sept. 16). Hauptmann, 23, originally signed with the Cleveland Browns as a rookie free agent out of Florida International on April 30, 2013. The 6-3, 300-pounder, was released by Cleveland at the end of training camp and was signed to the practice squad. Seattle signed him to the 53-man roster on Sept. 23. Hauptmann was inactive for 10 games and dressed, but did not play in three others and was inactive for all three postseason games. He was released by Seattle on Aug. 30, 2014 and claimed off waivers by Cleveland on Aug. 31, 2014. The Brown released him on Sept. 2, 2014.


Sep 16 2014 - Darius Fleming
  LB Darius Fleming was signed to the practice squad by the Patriots Tuesday (Sept. 16). Fleming was released by the Patriots on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Fleming, 25, was signed by New England as a free agent on May 16, 2014. The 6-foot-2, 255-pounder, was originally drafted by San Francisco in the fifth-round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame. He spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons on injured reserve with a knee injury and was released by the 49ers on May 12, 2014. Fleming was inactive for the season-opener at Miami (9/7).


Sep 15 2014 - Deontae Skinner
  LB Deontae Skinner was signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad by the Patriots. Skinner, 23, was originally signed by New England as a rookie free agent out of Mississippi State on May 12, 2014. The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder, was released by the Patriots on Aug. 26, 2014 and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 1, 2014. He played in 47 games with 35 starts over his four-year college career and finished with 202 total tackles.


Sep 15 2014 - Darius Fleming
  LB Darius Fleming was waived by the Patriots Saturday (Sept. 13).


Sep 15 2014 - Aaron Dobson
  WR Aaron Dobson made his season debut with one catch for 13 yards against the Vikings. The second-year player had missed most of the summer while coming back from foot surgery and was inactive on opening day.


Sep 15 2014 - Alfonzo Dennard
  CB Alfonzo Dennard was a surprise inactive in Minnesota. The third-year starter had not been on the injury report last week but took part in a pre-game workout with the Patriots medical staff prior to the game against the Vikings before being deactivated.


Sep 15 2014 - Michael Buchanan
  DE Michael Buchanan missed his second-straight game with an ankle injury.


Sep 15 2014 - Ryan Wendell
  C Ryan Wendell missed the trip to Minnesota due to a knee injury suffered in the opener in Miami that saw the veteran limited in practice all last week. Wendell had seen rotational reps on the line against the Dolphins as the Patriots continue to figure out the best five-man combination up front.


Sep 15 2014 - Jamie Collins
  LB Jamie Collins did not make the trip to Minnesota for Week 2, missing his first career game due to a thigh injury that popped up on last Thursday's practice report. The second-year linebacker had started and had played 73 of New England's 74 defensive snaps in the opener in Miami.


Sep 15 2014 - James White
  RB James White, a rookie fourth-round pick, was a healthy scratch for the second straight week.


Sep 15 2014 - Kenbrell Thompkins
  WR Kenbrell Thompkins was a healthy scratch against the Vikings, swapping spots with Aaron Dobson. Thompkins, a second-year former undrafted player, had five catches for 37 yards in the opener in Miami.


Sep 14 2014 - Stephen Gostkowski
  K Stephen Gostkowski was 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts Sunday, including makes from 48, 47 and 27 yards. Gostkowski is now 4-for-4 this season on field goals of 40 yards or more.


Sep 14 2014 - Stevan Ridley
  RB Stevan Ridley ran 25 times for 101 yards and a score. For Ridley, the 100-yard game was his first since Week 9 of last season against the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Sep 14 2014 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady was 15-for-22 passing for only 149 yards and a score Sunday, but the Patriots won big anyway. For Brady, the victory was the 149th of his career, second to only Peyton Manning among active quarterbacks. "I don't think about those things too much, but I'm glad we won and you know, hopefully we can do better next week," he said.



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