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 Latest Patriots Player Notes
Nov 20 2014 - LeGarrette Blount
  RB LeGarrette Blount re-signed with the Patriots Nov. 20, two days after pouting his way out of Pittsburgh. The big back signed with the Steelers this spring after reviving his career in New England last fall when he had 772 yards with a 5-yard average and seven scores on the ground. He had 189 yards and a pair of rushing scores against Buffalo in the 2013 season finale and then notched 166 yards and four ground scores a couple weeks later against the Colts in the divisional playoff. He turned that performance into a two-year, $3.85 million deal with the Steelers that included a $950,000 signing bonus. But he was unhappy with his role with the Steelers, notching just 65 attempts for 266 yards and two scores in the first 11 games while Le'Veon Bell exploded for 195 carries and 951 yards. Blount reportedly left the field early at the conclusion of Pittsburgh's Monday night comeback win in Tennessee that was keyed by Bell's 204 yards rushing and was released the following day. Blount signed a two-year deal with the Patriots reportedly worth up to $2.35 million, though it's for the prorated minimum for the rest of 2014. He was on the practice field in New England on Thursday, interestingly wearing a No. 60 practice jersey. He could be negotiating with safety Don Jones for the No. 29 that Blount wore last season to much success for the Patriots. Blount did not speak with the media, but new teammate and Sports Illustrated cover boy Jonas Gray was happy to welcome the veteran to the New England backfield. "The guys here have nothing but good things to say about him. It's kind of funny, that running back position, they always talk about the camaraderie, so right away, even on the practice field, we acted like we've known each other for a long time," Gray said, just days after his own breakout 201-yard, four-touchdown performance. "I'm excited, man. I think it's going to be something good for us. For a team, what we want to do long-term, when these cold-w


Nov 19 2014 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady continues to be a full participant in practice despite an ankle injury.


Nov 19 2014 - Ryan Wendell
  OL Ryan Wendell was limited in Wednesday's walkthrough because of a knee issue.


Nov 19 2014 - Nate Ebner
  DB Nate Ebner remains limited in practice due to a finger injury.


Nov 19 2014 - Dominique Easley
  DL Dominique Easley continues to be listed as limited due to a knee issue.


Nov 19 2014 - Marcus Cannon
  OL Marcus Cannon was limited in the walkthrough due to a hip injury.


Nov 19 2014 - Cameron Fleming
  OL Cameron Fleming (ankle/finger) did not take part in New England's Wednesday walkthrough. Fleming returned to action as a tackle-eligible blocker against the Colts after missing time to the finger injury. However, he left the second half of the game in Indianapolis with the ankle injury that occurred when a teammate rolled up on his leg.


Nov 19 2014 - Chandler Jones
  DE Chandler Jones (hip) was once again absent from the practice field with the injury suffered in Week 7 against the Jets. He has not practiced or played since.


Nov 19 2014 - Sealver Siliga
  DT Sealver Siliga was on the Patriots' indoor practice field Wednesday for the team's walk through in preparation for Sunday's game against the Lions. Siliga has been on injured reserve with a designation to return with a foot injury since Sept. 27.


Nov 18 2014 - LeGarrette Blount
  RB LeGarrette Blount, unhappy with his role as a backup in Pittsburgh, was released by the Steelers on Tuesday. Blount signed a two-year, $3.85 million contract with the Steelers as a free agent on March 28 and played in all 11 games this season. He rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns on 65 carries and had six receptions for 36 yards. Blount might have sealed his fate when he left the field before the end of the Steelers' 27-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Monday night. He appeared only briefly in the game and had no carries for the first time this season. "We believe the decision to release LeGarrette is in the best interest of the organization and wish him the best of luck," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.


Nov 17 2014 - Cameron Fleming
  OL Cameron Fleming played a major role as an extra blocking tight end against the Colts, but the rookie fourth-round tackle limped off with a lower leg injury after getting rolled up on late in the victory. Fleming had just returned after missing five games to a finger injury.


Nov 17 2014 - Julian Edelman
  WR Julian Edelman missed a few snaps against the Colts after landing hard on his hip on the sideline trying to make a leaping reception. Edelman seemed to have landed on the first-down stick, but returned to finish the game.


Nov 17 2014 - Don Jones
  S Don Jones was a surprising healthy scratch against the Colts. The veteran special teamer had been a key part of the team's success in the kicking game in eight of the first nine games of the year.


Nov 17 2014 - Jordan Devey
  OL Jordan Devey was a healthy scratch in Indy, the third straight week he's been inactive after starting the first four games of the season at right guard.


Nov 17 2014 - Alfonzo Dennard
  CB Alfonzo Dennard was a healthy scratch for the third straight game. The third-year veteran started three games this year, but is now apparently well down the depth chart.


Nov 17 2014 - Aaron Dobson
  WR Aaron Dobson was a healthy scratch against the Colts, the second-year second-round pick inactive for the seventh time in 10 games.


Nov 17 2014 - James White
  RB James White was a healthy scratch in Indy. The fourth-round rookie was inactive for the eighth time in 10 games.


Nov 17 2014 - Chandler Jones
  DE Chandler Jones did not travel to Indy and missed his third straight game with the hip injury that's kept him from the practice field since Week 7's game against the Jets.


Nov 16 2014 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski scored a touchdown for a third consecutive game, grabbing a game-sealing, 26-yard pass from QB Tom Brady in the fourth quarter. Gronkowski finished the night with four receptions for 71 yards.


Nov 16 2014 - Jonas Gray
  RB Jonas Gray set a franchise record with four rushing touchdowns and more than doubled his career totals with 38 carries for 199 yards. Gray, a first-year player who was an undrafted free agent from Notre Dame, entered the game with 131 yards on 32 attempts in three career games. He scored twice in each half.


Nov 16 2014 - Chandler Jones
  DE Chandler Jones, the Patriots' sack leader with 4.5, was inactive due to a hip injury. Zach Moore started in his place. Jones hasn't played since Oct. 16.


Nov 15 2014 - Chandler Jones
  DE Chandler Jones is out of Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts with a hip injury.


Nov 14 2014 - Greg Orton
  QB Kyle Orton didn't turn the ball over against Miami, but he didn't produce a touchdown either. He completed 22 of 39 passes for 193 yards and was sacked twice. He also suffered a toe injury, the severity of which is unknown, but he was able to finish the game.


Nov 12 2014 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski has earned himself some discussion as a possible NFL MVP candidate with the dominant work in recent weeks that transformed the Patriots offense. After a slow start to the season as he worked back from the torn ACL suffered last December that forced him to miss the entire summer and preseason, Gronkowski appears to be at full health and performing about as well as he ever had. As such, coach Bill Belichick was asked in a conference call with the Indianapolis media this week if his star tight end is at the top of his game right now. "I don't know. It doesn't really make any difference. It's all about this week," Belichick said. "I know Rob's preparing hard for this game. He wants to go out there and play well like the rest of our team does. That's what he's trying to do. That's what we're all trying to do, is have a good week of preparation and go out there and perform well Sunday night. That's what our team is trying to do right now. He's a big part of it. That's what he's doing too."


Nov 12 2014 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady continues to be listed with an ankle injury, though he took part fully in practice on Wednesday.


Nov 12 2014 - Ryan Wendell
  RG Ryan Wendell was limited in practice on Wednesday due to a knee injury.


Nov 12 2014 - Matthew Slater
  WR Matthew Slater continues to be limited in practice because of a shoulder injury.


Nov 12 2014 - Cameron Fleming
  OL Cameron Fleming remains limited in practice due to a finger injury.


Nov 12 2014 - Nate Ebner
  DB Nate Ebner was limited practice once again due to a finger injury.


Nov 12 2014 - Dominique Easley
  DL Dominque Easley didn't not practice on Tuesday or Wednesday due to a knee injury. The first-round rookie suffered a torn ACL last September in his final season at Florida and has been battling knee issues since arriving in New England during the spring.


Nov 12 2014 - Chandler Jones
  DE Chandler Jones continues to miss practice due to the hip injury suffered in Week 7 against the Jets. Jones has now missed two games and three weeks of practice to the injury.


Nov 12 2014 - Brandon LaFell
  WR Brandon LaFell missed practice on Tuesday, essentially an extra day of work for the Patriots coming off the bye weekend, reportedly due to strep throat. He returned to the field on Wednesday as a full participant.


Nov 10 2014 - Sealver Siliga
  DT Sealver Siliga (foot) remains on reserve/injured with a designation to return, meaning he is eligible to play as early as Nov. 23 against the Lions. He could begin practicing this week if he's ready.


Nov 10 2014 - Chandler Jones
  DE Chandler Jones has missed the last two games with a hip injury that reportedly could cause him to miss anywhere from a month to the entire rest of the regular season. Head coach Bill Belichick rarely gives injury updates, though he said coming out of the Patriots bye weekend that, "no real update. He's been making progress."


Nov 5 2014 - Jonathan Krause
  WR Jonathan Krause re-signed with the Patriots practice squad Nov. 5. The undrafted rookie out of Vanderbilt previously spent the final week of October on the practice squad before being released on Halloween.


Nov 5 2014 - Dominique Easley
  DL Dominique Easley was tended to by the New England medical staff during the media viewing of practice on Wednesday. Easley, the first-round pick, has previously been listed on the team's injury report with knee and shoulder issues. He suffered torn ACLs in both his knees during his career at Florida.


Nov 5 2014 - Chandler Jones
  DE Chandler Jones was the only player absent from practice during the media viewing period on Wednesday, continuing to be sidelined with the hip injury that's cost him the last two games. The workout was the only practice of the bye week for New England, and the team will not have to issue an injury report until next Wednesday.


Nov 5 2014 - Malcolm Butler
  CB Malcolm Butler saw his most significant playing time of the season against the Broncos with 36 snaps on defense. The undrafted rookie has apparently passed up former starter Alfonzo Dennard on the depth chart, as Dennard has been a healthy inactive in each of the last two weeks while Butler has seen his playing time increase within a group that also includes Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Kyle Arrington and Logan Ryan.


Nov 5 2014 - Marcus Cannon
  OL Marcus Cannon saw no action on offense on Sunday against the Broncos, seeing only special teams snaps for the first time this season. Cannon started at left guard for the first three weeks of the year and then had seen rotational reps at both left and right tackle for five straight weeks prior to the Denver game.


Nov 5 2014 - Greg Orton
  QB Kyle Orton leads the NFL in third-down completion percentage at 73.0. He has completed 27 of 37 throws on third down.


Nov 3 2014 - Zach Moore
  DL Zach Moore was inactive against Denver after having played a reserve role on defense the previous three weeks.


Nov 3 2014 - Cameron Fleming
  OL Cameron Fleming (finger) missed his fifth straight game. The fourth-round rookie had practiced on a limited basis last week.


Nov 3 2014 - Jordan Devey
  OL Jordan Devey was a healthy scratch for the second straight week.


Nov 3 2014 - Alfonzo Dennard
  CB Alfonzo Dennard was once again a surprising healthy scratch against the Broncos, inactive without an injury for a second straight week. Dennard started four games this season, but the last couple weeks he has apparently been passed up by Logan Ryan, Kyle Arrington and undrafted rookie Malcolm Butler.


Nov 3 2014 - James White
  RB James White was a healthy scratch against Denver, the seventh time the fourth-round rookie has been inactive this season.


Nov 3 2014 - Aaron Dobson
  WR Aaron Dobson was a healthy scratch against the Broncos, the 2013 second-round pick inactive for the third straight week and the six time total this season.


Nov 3 2014 - Alan Branch
  DL Alan Branch made his Patriots debut with 12 snaps against Denver, after signing with the Patriots last Tuesday and missing one day of practice last week, though that absence was not injury related


Nov 3 2014 - Chandler Jones
  DE Chandler Jones (hip) did not play against the Broncos, missing his second straight game to the injury that reportedly could cost him anywhere between four and nine weeks of action.


Nov 2 2014 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski had another big game. He caught a 1-yard touchdown pass, one play after a circus, one-hand, 20-yard catch brought the ball down to the 1. Gronkowski recorded his 50th touchdown in 59 career games, tying him with Randy Moss for the second-fastest to reach that plateau. He also tied the club record for receiving TDs by a tight end and had nine catches for 105 yards (his 15th 100-yard game). "Just a spectacular play by a great player," QB Tom Brady said of the one-hand catch. Said Gronkowski: "It was a pretty good catch. "Tom put it where I could make a play, so it just happened."


Nov 2 2014 - Julian Edelman
  WR/PR Julian Edelman, who dropped four passes in the previous two games, caught a touchdown pass and returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter Sunday. That was his club-record fourth career punt return for a score. He had another TD catch overturned because he didn't hold onto the ball as he fell, but he finished with nine catches for 89 yards.



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