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 Latest Patriots Player Notes
Feb 20 2018 - Devin McCourty
  S Devin McCourty said that he and his teammates knew well ahead of time that Malcolm Butler would not start in the Super Bowl, won by the Philadelphia Eagles 41-33 in Minneapolis. "We all knew he wasn't starting all week. That wasn't a secret to the guys on the team," McCourty told NJ Advance Media while at a fundraiser for his Tackle Sickle Cell charity.


Feb 18 2018 - Tom Brady
  With 39-year-old PK Sebastian Janikowski released by the Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady remains the final player from the 2000 NFL Draft on the team that picked him. Other than Janikowski, defensive lineman John Abraham was the only first-rounder from the Class of 2000 to play until 2014, but that occurred with various teams after being picked by the New York Jets. Among that year's quarterbacks, Chris Redman had the second-longest tenure behind Brady, 40, by lasting until 2011. Chad Pennington played through the 2010 season.


Feb 18 2018 - Lawrence Guy
  DL Lawrence Guy was awarded $500,000 on a renegotiated salary bonus after the six-year pro come up just short of his playing-time incentive in 2017. He played in 54.8 percent of the defensive snaps, needing to play in 55 percent for the original $500,000 bonus to kick in.


Feb 17 2018 - James Harrison
  LB James Harrison was cheered in his first public appearance in the Steel City since the team released him in December. Harrison, who has since joined the New England Patriots, attended the "Shear Da Beard" charity event hosted by Steelers defensive lineman Brett Keisel. All proceeds for the event support the cancer programs at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The Steelers' all-time sacks leader heard it from the fans in attendance as he walked on the stage to shave part of Keisel's considerable beard. Harrison did not speak before leaving the stage. The 39-year-old Harrison requested a release from the Steelers over a lack of playing time and initially caught heat from the fans after signing with the rival Patriots, who were thought to be on a collision course with the home team in the playoffs. Pittsburgh, however, was upended by the Jacksonville Jaguars during the AFC divisional round. Harrison had 80 1/2 sacks in a Pittsburgh uniform.


Feb 9 2018 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady expressed his gratitude on Instagram to everyone involved on his path to his third NFL MVP award. In fact, the word "gratitude" was mentioned seven times in his post on Friday as he reflected on a number of topics, including the Patriots' 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII on Sunday. In regard to the Super Bowl setback, however, the 40-year-old Brady wrote the following: "It has taken me a few days to reflect on our SB loss as well as the great season our team had. There are many emotions when you come up short of your goal. And they are all part of learning and growing in this journey of life. Learning turns everything into a positive. And the number one feeling I have had the past 4 days is gratitude."


Feb 8 2018 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski reportedly is considering retiring from the NFL to pursue a career in Hollywood. Yes, you read that correctly. Gronkowski is considering a career in acting after Hollywood heavyweights Sylvester Stallone and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson have advised the 28-year-old that he could make "millions" in action films, according to the North Andover (Mass.) Eagle-Tribune. Gronkowski has told friends that injuries have "taken a toll on him," according to the newspaper.


Feb 7 2018 - Malcolm Butler
  CB Malcolm Butler was essentially a spectator in Super Bowl LII after a "perfect storm" of events, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Butler was relegated to just one snap on a special teams play in Sunday's 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. While the 27-year-old said he "could have changed that game" if given the chance, coach Bill Belichick said after the end of the contest and again on Monday that he had to make decisions that were best for the team. Belichick did not go into detail on those decisions, but Rapoport reported that Butler violated a team rule related to curfew. He also said that the cornerback had a bad week of practice as he battled flu-like symptoms. Butler denied the curfew report via social media. "During my four-year career with (the) Patriots I have always given everything I have to play at a high level, and would never do anything to hurt my teams' chances of winning a game, including this year's Super Bowl where I visited with my family every night," Butler wrote on his Twitter and Instagram accounts. "During Super Bowl week I never attended any concert, missed curfew, or participated (in) any of the ridiculous activities being reported. They are not only false, but hurtful, to me and my family."


Feb 6 2018 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski's home in Foxborough (Mass.) was the scene of a burglary, multiple outlets reported on Tuesday. Per Boston 25 News, police were called to the home at 6:18 p.m. on Monday and remained there until approximately 11 p.m. Gronkowski had been with the Patriots in Minneapolis since last Monday in preparation for Super Bowl LII. He left with his team on Monday, one day after the Philadelphia Eagles posted a 41-33 victory. "There were items stolen," Foxborough Police Chief William Baker told reporters Tuesday morning. "We're not going to release the nature of the items stolen. Obviously the people who committed the theft know what was stolen. It's an investigative advantage for us to know that as well and not share it with the public, so I won't have any further comment on that."


Feb 6 2018 - Malcolm Butler
  CB Malcolm Butler's complaints about his lack of playing time in Super Bowl LII was addressed by head coach Bill Belichick Monday. Butler told reporters after the Philadelphia Eagles' 41-33 win over the Patriots that he felt he "could have changed that game" if given the chance to play. "I respect Malcolm's competitiveness and I am sure that he felt like he could have helped," Belichick said on a conference call. "I am sure other players felt the same way, but in the end, we have to make the decisions that we feel are best for the football team and that is what we did, that is what I did. That's really all I can say about it." When pushed for a further response as to why he felt it was the best approach, Belichick offered the following: "I appreciate the question, but it would be a much longer discussion," Belichick said. "There are a lot of things that go into that. In the end, the final decision is what I said it was."


Feb 5 2018 - Patrick Chung
  S Patrick Chung (head) left the second half of Super Bowl LII and did not return.


Feb 5 2018 - Alan Branch
  DL Alan Branch capped a disappointing season as a healthy scratch for Super Bowl LII. After re-signing with the team this past offseason, Branch battled injury and poor play all year.


Feb 5 2018 - David Harris
  LB David Harris also closed out an underwhelming first season in Foxborough as a healthy scratch, the ninth time, including postseason, that the former Jet was either inactive or did not play in a game.


Feb 5 2018 - Mike Gillislee
  RB Mike Gillislee was a healthy scratch against Philly, bringing an end to a disappointing first season in New England in which the restricted free-agent addition went from early-season lead back to being inactive for 10 of the final 11 weeks, including postseason action.


Feb 5 2018 - Brandin Cooks
  WR Brandin Cooks left in the second quarter of Super Bowl LII with a head injury and was almost immediately ruled out for the remainder of the game. Cooks was helped off by trainers after taking a big hit from Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins following a 23-yard reception, his only catch of the game.


Feb 5 2018 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski said that he wasn't sure if he would return for the 2018 season shortly after the New England Patriots lost in Super Bowl LII. "I don't know how you heard that, but I mean I'm definitely gonna look at my future for sure," Gronkowski said following the Patriots' 41-33 setback to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in Minneapolis. "Sit down the next couple weeks and see where I'm at." When pressed for further comment on a possible retirement, Gronkowski admitted that he's "not ready for these type of questions right now."


Feb 5 2018 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski had just one catch in the first half, but hauled in four from Tom Brady on the opening drive after halftime, including a 5-yard crossing pattern for a touchdown that cut Philadelphia's lead to 22-19. He finished with nine catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns.


Feb 5 2018 - Chris Hogan
  WRs Chris Hogan (8-152) and Danny Amendola (9-116) combined for 17 catches (on 26 targets) for 280 yards and one touchdown by Hogan.


Feb 5 2018 - Danny Amendola
  WRs Danny Amendola (9-116) and Chris Hogan (8-152) combined for 17 catches (on 26 targets) for 280 yards and one touchdown by Hogan.


Feb 5 2018 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady broke his own Super Bowl record with 505 passing yards and three touchdowns, and staking New England to a one-point lead with 9:22 to play.


Feb 5 2018 - Patrick Chung
  S Patrick Chung exited the Super Bowl when he suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter. Chung's primary coverage responsibility is the tight end and the Eagles' Zach Ertz scored the go-ahead touchdown on an 11-yard pass from Nick Foles after Chung went out.


Feb 5 2018 - Brandin Cooks
  WR Brandin Cooks was knocked out of Super Bowl LII with a head injury in the second quarter on Sunday night after a hard hit by Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. Cooks turned to run after catching a pass in the first half and was tagged by Jenkins with a blind-side hit to the head at the end of a 23-yard reception. Cooks, the Patriots' No. 1 receiver, lay motionless on the field before the medical staff arrived. He immediately walked to the locker room and was ruled out of the game.


Feb 4 2018 - Malcolm Butler
  CB Malcolm Butler had zero plays in the Super Bowl this year, signaling that Butler's time in New England has come to an end. Butler was the hero of Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona, when he intercepted Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson on the goal line in the closing seconds, preserving the Pats' 28-24 win over the Seahawks. On Sunday against the Eagles, Butler did not play a single defensive snap, but did see some action on special teams. He had played all 74 snaps in the AFC Championship Game win over Jacksonville. "They gave up on me," an emotional Butler told espn.com as he walked to the team bus after the game. "F--. It is what it is." Butler, who will be an unrestricted free agent, is a former Pro Bowler. A former Eagle, Eric Rowe, played most of the game in Butler's place and struggled, as did most defensive players in this offensive extravaganza. Rowe was a second-round pick of the Eagles in 2015, and was traded to New England a year later. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick would not talk specifically about Butler and the decision to effectively bench him. "We put the best players out there and the game plan out there that we thought would be the best tonight like we always do to give us the best chance to win," said Belichick, who said "no" when asked if Butler was being disciplined.


Feb 3 2018 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady was named the NFL Most Valuable Player for for the third time in his illustrious career. Brady, who led the Patriots into the Super Bowl this year, was also the MVP after the 2007 and 2010 seasons. At age 40, Brady is the oldest player to receive the award and the fourth to win it three or more times (Peyton Manning, five; Brett Favre and Johnny Unitas, three apiece). During the 2017 season, Brady passed for an NFL-best 4,577 passing yards and also had 32 touchdown passes. He's also the oldest player in history to lead the league in passing yards. With Brady at quarterback, the Patriots have won the AFC East title a record 15 times. His Super Bowl start on Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles will be his eighth. He is 5-2.


Feb 1 2018 - Malcolm Butler
  CB Malcolm Butler (illness) was a full participant in practice.


Feb 1 2018 - Brandon King
  S Brandon King (knee) was a full participant in practice.


Feb 1 2018 - Deatrich Wise Jr.
  DE Deatrich Wise Jr. (concussion) was a full participant in practice.


Feb 1 2018 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski was cleared from the concussion protocol and is expected to play in Sunday's Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles. Gronkowski was a full participant in practice before meeting with the media on Thursday and announcing, "I'll be ready to roll." Gronkowski had been in the concussion protocol since he was injured in the first half of the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Jan. 21.


Feb 1 2018 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski is scheduled to meet with the media on Thursday, an indication that he has been cleared from the concussion protocol. That, in turn, means Gronkowski will be ready to play in Sunday's Super Bowl game against the Philadelphia Eagles. NFL rules prohibit players in concussion protocol from speaking to the media. Gronkowski had been in the concussion protocol since being injured in the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Jan. 21.


Jan 31 2018 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady practiced while wearing only black tape on his injured throwing hand.


Jan 31 2018 - Brandon King
  S Brandon King (knee) was limited in practice.


Jan 31 2018 - Deatrich Wise Jr.
  DE Deatrich Wise (concussion) was limited in practice.


Jan 31 2018 - Malcolm Butler
  CB Malcolm Butler, who had an illness earlier in the week, practiced on a limited basis. "Feeling really good," Butler said later Wednesday.


Jan 31 2018 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski was limited in practice as he tries to recover from a concussion. Patriots coach Bill Belichick confirmed that Gronkowski still hasn't been fully cleared in the concussion protocol. Safety Devin McCourty said Gronkowski looked good during practice. "Gronk's on that Tom Brady type of plan," McCourty said. "Whenever he's out there, he looks great. I would say he looked awesome, but I don't know many times Gronk looks bad. He doesn't have many bad days."


Jan 30 2018 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady shed some light on his injured right hand on Tuesday, although he kept it comfortably hidden within a black glove. Brady recently had 12 stitches removed from his throwing hand and admitted on Tuesday that the injury is far from fully healed. "It's getting better. It's not quite where I want to be, so I'm just trying to protect it the best way I can," the 40-year-old Brady said. "It's obviously a very important part of my body for a quarterback, so I want it to be as healthy as possible for the game on Sunday."


Jan 30 2018 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski was kept out of Opening Night. Gronkowski returned to practice on Saturday, but he's still in the concussion protocol, which limits him from speaking to the media. Gronkowski was on stage during the Patriots' sendoff Monday morning in front of fans. "You can't replace a Rob Gronkowski but everybody can rally around him," Amendola said. "We're really lucky to have him and hopefully he can play this weekend."


Jan 30 2018 - Malcolm Butler
  CB Malcolm Butler didn't participate in Monday's "Opening Night" media circus because of an illness. The team announced early in the day that Butler would be out. The team didn't have any further announcement of Butler's status.


Jan 28 2018 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski returned to practice over the weekend and was on the field both Saturday and Sunday, according to reports. Gronkowski, who suffered a concussion in the AFC Championship Game, has not been cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol, according to the team.


Jan 28 2018 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady, who played with 12 stitches in his throwing hand in the AFC Championship Game, had those stitches removed this week, according to a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. The 40-year-old had worn gloves at each practice since the AFC title game, but he took the glove off his throwing hand on Saturday and replaced it with tape. He was removed from the team's injury report on Friday.


Jan 27 2018 - Malcom Brown
  DT Malcom Brown was absent from Saturday's practice as he deals with a foot injury.


Jan 27 2018 - Deatrich Wise Jr.
  DE Deatrich Wise returned to practice on Saturday after sustaining a concussion during the AFC Championship Game. The 23-year-old Wise had 26 tackles and 5.0 sacks in 16 regular-season games since being selected in the fourth round of the 2017 draft.


Jan 27 2018 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady, who was removed from the injury report on Friday, is still dealing with an injury that required 12 stitches on his throwing hand. The 40-year-old has worn gloves at each practice since the AFC title game, but took the glove off his throwing hand on Saturday and replaced it with tape.


Jan 27 2018 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski was present at the start of Saturday's practice session. Gronkowski took part in the portion of practice that was open to the media, per reports. The 28-year-old has been absent from practice this week as he deals with a concussion sustained on a helmet-to-helmet hit from safety Barry Church in the second quarter of the Patriots' 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game. Church was fined $24,309 by the NFL for the hit.


Jan 26 2018 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski was absent was absent during Friday's walkthrough session at the Empower Fieldhouse in Foxborough, Mass. Gronkowski is recovering from a concussion sustained on a helmet-to-helmet hit from safety Barry Church in the second quarter of the Patriots' 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game. The Patriots admitted that Gronkowski would not be able to play if the game was Sunday, The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Gronkowski had a team-high 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns this season.


Jan 26 2018 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady was still wearing red gloves during Friday's walkthrough session at the Empower Fieldhouse in Foxborough, Mass. Brady, who was listed as a limited participant in Thursday's practice, practiced fully on Friday. He is working his way past an injury sustained to his right hand during practice last week. The four-time Super Bowl MVP needed 10 to 12 stitches to close a gash on his thumb after colliding with running back Rex Burkhead on a handoff attempt.


Jan 25 2018 - Deatrich Wise Jr.
  DL Deatrich Wise Jr. (concussion) sat out Thursday's practice.


Jan 25 2018 - Devin McCourty
  S Devin McCourty also was a limited participant in practice Thursday with a shoulder injury.


Jan 25 2018 - Malcom Brown
  DL Malcolm Brown (foot) sat out practice Thursday after being listed as a limited participant on Wednesday.


Jan 25 2018 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE end Rob Gronkowski, who suffered a concussion in Sunday's 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, sat out the practice Thursday and remained in the league's concussion protocol.


Jan 25 2018 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady was listed as a limited participant in Thursday's practice, a result of the thumb injury he sustained during practice last week that had fans of the six-state New England region hyperventilating. The four-time Super Bowl MVP said on his radio show Monday that he expected to have stitches removed from his right thumb sometime this week.


Jan 24 2018 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady was not listed on the first injury report, this a week after all the hoopla and uncertainty created by the gash in his right throwing hand/thumb area suffered last Wednesday in practice. Though Brady wore black tape covering the gash and its 12 stitches in the AFC title game, he downplayed the injury having any effect on what was an impressive performance.



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