|Dec 21 2014 - Vince Wilfork|
DL Vince Wilfork blocked a 52-yard field goal attempt by Jets K Nick Folk to preserve the Patriots' one-point lead in the fourth quarter of their 17-16 win on Sunday. The Patriots took over with 5:16 left and burned the remainder of the clock.
|Dec 21 2014 - LeGarrette Blount|
RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) was inactive for the Patriots' 17-16 win over the Jets on Sunday. Blount was listed as questionable and as a limited participant in practice last week but didn't even travel to New Jersey for the game. Blount has 219 rushing yards and three touchdowns since signing with the Patriots as a free agent on Nov. 20.
|Dec 21 2014 - Julian Edelman|
WR Julian Edelman (concussion) was inactive for the Patriots' 17-16 win over the Jets on Sunday. Edelman was listed as questionable and as a limited participant in practice last week but didn't even travel to New Jersey for the game. Edelman was injured in the Patriots' 41-13 win over the Dolphins on Dec. 14.
|Dec 20 2014 - Brandon Browner|
CB Brandon Browner was fined $8,268 for shoving Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Gibson to the ground, and Gibson was fined $11,025 for taunting Browner.
|Dec 17 2014 - Garrett Gilbert|
QB Garrett Gilbert was signed to the practice squad. The rookie was drafted by the Rams in the sixth round out of SMU. The 6-4, 221-pounder was released from the St. Louis practice squad on Oct. 28.
|Dec 17 2014 - Steve Maneri|
TE Steve Maneri signed with the Patriots on Wednesday. The 26-year-old has a history with New England, having spent 2010 on the practice squad as a tackle and then getting a look as a tight end in training camp this year. The 6-7, 280-pounder has played in 23 games, with 10 starts, totaling six catches for 52 yards with the Kansas City Chiefs (2011-12) and Chicago Bears (2013).
|Dec 17 2014 - Dominique Easley|
DL Dominique Easley was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. The first-round rookie played in 11 games and started two, missing time because of knee and shoulder injuries. He landed on IR with a knee injury, this after tearing an ACL last September to close out his career at Florida.
|Dec 15 2014 - Dan Connolly|
OL Dan Connolly left the fourth quarter of the win over Miami with what was announced as a neck injury. The veteran captain watched the remainder of the game standing next to line coach Dave DeGuglielmo on the sideline.
|Dec 15 2014 - Kyle Arrington|
CB Kyle Arrington limped off with a hamstring injury against the Dolphins and did not return. He was on the sideline in the second half wearing street clothes.
|Dec 15 2014 - Jordan Devey|
OL Jordan Devey was a healthy scratch for the seventh straight game.
|Dec 15 2014 - James White|
RB James White was a healthy scratch against the Dolphins. The rookie fourth-round pick has been inactive for 12 of 14 games this season.
|Dec 15 2014 - Cameron Fleming|
OL Cameron Fleming missed his fourth straight game to an ankle injury.
|Dec 15 2014 - Chris White|
LB Chris White did not play against Miami, missing his second straight game to an ankle injury.
|Dec 15 2014 - Dominique Easley|
DL Dominique Easley missed the game with Miami due to a knee injury. The first-round pick, who was officially ruled out on Friday's injury report, has been on and off the field dating back to the summer with knee and shoulder issues. The team is reportedly considering putting the rookie, who suffered a torn ACL last September in his final season at Florida, on injured reserve.
|Dec 15 2014 - Dont'a Hightower|
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) returned to the starting lineup after missing last week's game in San Diego. Hightower played all 77 defensive snaps against the Dolphins, finishing with eight tackles, a half sack, a tackle for a loss, two QB hits and a forced fumble.
|Dec 15 2014 - Chandler Jones|
DE Chandler Jones returned to action and the starting lineup for the first time since Week 7. After missing six games to a hip injury, Jones had seven seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble against Miami.
|Dec 14 2014 - Rob Ninkovich|
DE Rob Ninkovich sacked Ryan Tannehill in the fourth quarter. It was Ninkovich's eighth sack of the season, making him the first Patriot with at least eight sacks in three straight seasons since Andre Tippett did it from 1985-87.
|Dec 14 2014 - Jonas Gray|
RB Jonas Gray re-emerged from the doghouse he moved into by showing up late for a practice. He contributed to the latest win. Gray, who scored four touchdowns the last time he put in any serious time, ran for 62 yards on 11 carries and caught a pass from 7 yards.
|Dec 14 2014 - Stephen Gostkowski|
K Stephen Gostkowski kicked a pair of field goal and five extra points Sunday, allowing him to pass Adam Vinatieri and become the Patriots' all-time leading scorer with 1,165 points. "I've been really lucky," said coach Bill Belichick. "Adam, Steve, Shayne (Graham) when he came in here and didn't miss a kick the half a year he was here, or whatever it was. ...Steve, those are big shoes to follow there with Adam, but he's never blinked." Said Gostkowski: "Something like that doesn't really set in. I've said this before but any accomplishment that I make will be something that I'll look back on when I'm done playing, and be excited about and probably brag to my kids and grandkids about, hopefully. It was cool. It was a special game for me. It's my son's birthday tomorrow and my whole family is in town."
|Dec 14 2014 - Rob Gronkowski|
TE Rob Gronkowski caught three passes for 96 yards and a touchdown Sunday, going over the 1,000-yard mark for the second time in his career. "He's a big target for me," said Brady. "He makes it easy for me. He's awesome." Gronkowski, talking about the team's mood when leading by a point at the half, said, "We just knew we could play better. We were terrible in the first half as a whole and as myself. We just had to go out there and execute and play together as an offense."
|Dec 14 2014 - Tom Brady|
QB Tom Brady had a big 17-yard run deep in Miami territory to set up a touchdown, and he took a heavy hit on the play and shook off a slow first half to post another good game. He had only a 41.5 passer rating in the first half but finished with a 93.5. He wound up 21 of 35 for 287 yards, two touchdowns and an interception and added to his own record with his 12th division title. Brady, who said he was still angry about the first half when he decided not to slide on the run, instead taking a heavy hit from safety Walt Aikens. "We were all [ticked] off at halftime," he said. Said Aikens: "He got up, and he was like, 'Woo!' he was excited."
|Dec 10 2014 - Rob Gronkowski|
TE Rob Gronkowski is on the cover of ESPN The Magazine's interview issues this week. Inside the Pro Bowl tight end's interview includes insight into what he was feeling when he was carted off the field last December in Foxborough with both a torn ACL and a concussion.
"I remember I was on the X-ray machine after they carried me off the field on the cart. I mean, I kind of had a concussion too, so I really don't remember. But I was actually bawling out on the machine when I was getting X-rays on my knee," Gronkowski told ESPN. "And I was holding on to my trainer's hand and my dad was right there and I was just bawling like, "Is this it? Am I done?" I barely remember any of it. I just remember those little stages of it, because of the concussion.
A year later Gronkowski is once again the centerpiece of the Patriots passing game. He's second on the team with 73 catches and leads New England with 997 yards. His 10 touchdowns not only lead the team, but also made him the first tight end in NFL history with four double-digit touchdown seasons.
|Dec 10 2014 - Ryan Allen|
P Ryan Allen was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his impressive work in the win in San Diego last Sunday night. Allen notched a 49.4-yard average on his five punts in the game, placing four of those kicks inside the Chargers 13-yard line (13, 10, 11 and 10). Allen's impressive night included a 44-yard net average and a long punt of 60 yards.
Allen's award marks the Patriots fifth AFC Player of the Week honor this season. RB Jonas Gray and QB Tom Brady won on offense, DE Chandler Jones on defense and DT Chris Jones on special teams.
|Dec 10 2014 - Chris White|
LB Chris White returned to practice on a limited basis after missing all last week with an ankle injury.
|Dec 10 2014 - Shane Vereen|
RB Shane Vereen remains limited with an ankle injury.
|Dec 10 2014 - Rob Ninkovich|
Rob Ninkovich was limited in practice on Wednesday with a heel injury suffered in Sunday's game in San Diego.
|Dec 10 2014 - Brandon LaFell|
WR Brandon LaFell remains limited in practice with a shoulder injury, though he has not missed game action.
|Dec 10 2014 - Chandler Jones|
DE Chandler Jones remains limited in practice due to the hip injury that's had him sidelined since Week 7.
|Dec 10 2014 - Dont'a Hightower|
LB Dont'a Hightower was limited in practice due to the shoulder injury that forced him to miss Sunday's game in San Diego.
|Dec 10 2014 - Cameron Fleming|
OL Cameron Fleming remains limited in practice with an ankle injury, having missed the last three games to the injury.
|Dec 10 2014 - Julian Edelman|
WR Julian Edelman remains limited with a thigh injury, though he was a full participant in Sunday's win over the Chargers.
|Dec 10 2014 - Danny Aiken|
LS Danny Aiken was limited in practice with a concussion, though he returned to full game duties last Sunday in San Diego.
|Dec 10 2014 - Dominique Easley|
DL Dominque Easley did not practice on Wednesday due to a knee injury.
|Dec 10 2014 - LeGarrette Blount|
RB LeGarrette Blount did not practice on Wednesday but it was not injury related. Blount was reportedly in Pittsburgh for a court date stemming from a marijuana related charge during his time with the Steelers.
|Dec 8 2014 - Alfonzo Dennard|
CB Alfonzo Dennard, a starter to open the year and in each of his previous two seasons in New England, returned to the inactive list as a healthy scratch in San Diego. Dennard has been a healthy scratch in seven games this season.
|Dec 8 2014 - Chris White|
LB Chris White did not play in San Diego, the special-teamer missing his second straight game to an ankle injury.
|Dec 8 2014 - Cameron Fleming|
OL Cameron Fleming missed his third straight game with an ankle injury. Fleming was limited in practice last week. The fourth-round rookie has now missed eight of 13 games this season due to finger and ankle injuries.
|Dec 8 2014 - Danny Aiken|
LS Danny Aiken returned to full duties in San Diego after missing the previous game in Green Bay with a concussion.
|Dec 8 2014 - Dont'a Hightower|
LB Dont'a Hightower missed a game for the third time this season, this time due to a shoulder injury suffered in the loss at Green Bay. Hightower had practiced on a limited basis last week and was listed as questionable to play. In his place, second-year linebacker Jamie Collins handled the defensive play calling duties for the Patriots.
|Dec 8 2014 - Chandler Jones|
DE Chandler Jones missed his sixth straight game due to the hip injury suffered in Week 7 against the Jets. Jones has practiced on a limited basis each of the last two weeks and has been listed as questionable for game action.
|Dec 7 2014 - Jamie Collins|
LB Jamie Collins was all over the field for the Patriots. Collins had a team-high nine tackles, two sacks and three tackles for losses.
|Dec 7 2014 - Tom Brady|
QB Tom Brady is undefeated against Chargers QB Philip Rivers, winning all six matchups. Brady finished the night 28 of 44 for 317 yards with two touchdown passes and an interception.
|Dec 7 2014 - Rob Gronkowski|
TE Rob Gronkowski recorded a 14-yard touchdown catch, which gave his 10 scores on the season. He is the first tight end in NFL history to have at least 10 touchdown catches in four seasons.
|Dec 7 2014 - Sealver Siliga|
DT Sealver Siliga was activated from reserve/injured by the Patriots Saturday (Dec. 6). Siliga was placed on reserve/injured with a designation for return on Sept. 27. Siliga suffered a foot injury in the first half against Oakland on Sept. 21. He played in the first three games with two starts and registered eight total tackles.
|Dec 4 2014 - Aaron Dobson|
WR Aaron Dobson was placed on injured reserve Thursday (Dec. 4) after suffering a hamstring injury in last Sunday's loss in Green Bay. The 2013 second-round pick played in just four games this season, recording a mere three catches for 38 yards. He was a healthy scratch for eight games. Dobson missed most of the offseason and training camp after having foot surgery last spring. As a rookie a year ago – and part of New England's "re-do" of the wide receiver position – Dobson started nine of the 12 games he played in. He ranked fifth on the team with 37 catches, fourth with 519 yards and tied for second with four touchdown receptions.
|Dec 3 2014 - Marcus Cannon|
OL Marcus Cannon (hip) was a full participant.
|Dec 3 2014 - Tom Brady|
QB Tom Brady (ankle) was once again a full participant in practice.
|Dec 3 2014 - Shane Vereen|
RB Shane Vereen (ankle) was limited on Wednesday.
|Dec 3 2014 - Brandon LaFell|
WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder) was again limited in practice, although he played the entire game on Sunday. LaFell first suffered the injury on a diving catch late in the win over the Lions two weeks ago.
|Dec 3 2014 - Chandler Jones|
DE Chandler Jones was limited in practice on Wednesday due to the hip injury that has sidelined him since Week 7. Jones returned to practice for the first time last week.