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 Latest Patriots Player Notes
Oct 17 2014 - Danny Amendola
  WR Danny Amendola had easily his best game of the season in helping the Patriots hang on to beat the Jets on Thursday night. Amendola caught the game-winning 19-yard touchdown pass on third-and-goal midway through the fourth quarter, his only catch of the day. The receiver also recovered the Jets' onside kick attempt later in the quarter as well as contributing on special teams with his first four kickoff returns of the season for a 26.3-yard average. While there has been a bit of criticism thrown the receiver's way early this season given his mere five catches in seven games a year removed from joining New England on a $31 million contract, Amendola downplayed his personal satisfaction in his own contributions. "We came out on top and that's what I'm most excited about," Amendola said. "I've caught a lot of balls in a game and lost. I've caught a lot of balls in a game and won. I've caught zero balls in a game and won and zero balls in a game and lost. No matter what, to come out on top is most important. That's when everybody is happiest and that's when we grow as a team. We're all excited. Good win for us."


Oct 17 2014 - James White
  RB James White was a healthy scratch against the Jets, the sixth time the fourth-round pick has been inactive this season.


Oct 17 2014 - Aaron Dobson
  WR Aaron Dobson was a healthy scratch for the fourth time this fall, the first time the 2013 second-round pick has been inactive in three weeks.


Oct 17 2014 - Malcolm Butler
  CB Malcolm Butler was a healthy against the Jets, the second time the undrafted rookie has been inactive this season.


Oct 17 2014 - Cameron Fleming
  OL Cameron Fleming (finger) missed his third straight game.


Oct 17 2014 - Nate Ebner
  DB Nate Ebner (finger) missed his third straight game.


Oct 17 2014 - Bryan Stork
  C Bryan Stork missed his second-straight game due to a concussion suffered a week earlier in practice.


Oct 17 2014 - Dan Connolly
  OL Dan Connolly missed the Thursday night meeting with the Jets due to a concussion he suffered just four days earlier in the win in Buffalo. Connolly does have a history of concussions.


Oct 17 2014 - Chris Barker
  OL Chris Barker was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad Oct. 16. The second-year player then played a reserve role in the win over the Jets later than night.


Oct 17 2014 - Jonas Gray
  RB Jonas Gray was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster Oct. 16 and made his NFL debut a few hours later in a win over the Jets on Thursday Night Football. Gray had three carries for 12 yards in limited playing time while also seeing special teams action.


Oct 16 2014 - Chris Jones
  DT Chris Jones turned the tables on fate Thursday night. Last season, he was called for a penalty climbing the back of a teammate on a Nick Folk field goal attempt in overtime. Folk was moved closer and made the winning kick. On Thursday night, Jones blocked Folk's 58-yarder as time ran out to preserve New England's victory. "I'm happy for Chris," said coach Bill Belichick, who called the play "awesome." Said Jones: "I feel a lot different than I felt last year, and it feels really good. It's good to feel that ball hitting my hand, and it's good to get that win. I just played it legally and did all that I could, and it happened."


Oct 16 2014 - Shane Vereen
  RB Shane Vereen, now the starter since Stevan Ridley went down for the season with a knee injury, caught two touchdown passes in the first half Thursday night. On the first one, a 49-yarder, he was allowed to roam free downfield and had to make a nifty catch of a Tom Brady pass. He finished the game with 71 receiving yards and 47 rushing yards.


Oct 16 2014 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady has nine touchdown passes and no interceptions during his team's three-game winning streak. On Thursday night, he passed Warren Moon and moved into sixth place on the NFL's all-time passes attempted list. He also joined Bruce Armstrong and Julius Adams as the only players to play 200 games with the Patriots. He won his 41st consecutive home game against AFC opposition.


Oct 16 2014 - Danny Amendola
  WR Danny Amendola emerged from oblivion Thursday night, helping the Patriots survive a scare from the New York Jets. He made his Patriots debut as a kick returner, something he used to do with the Rams early in his career, and he ran back four kicks for 105 yards. He also made a circus catch for what turned out to be the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter, his first reception since making three grabs in the opening game at Miami. "He made a phenomenal catch," QB Tom Brady said. Added coach Bill Belichick: "Nobody works harder than Danny." Amendola also drew an important pass-interference penalty near the New York goal line and had a catch called back because of a penalty. "We came out on top, and that's what I'm excited about," Amendola said. "We're all excited. Good win for us."


Oct 16 2014 - Jonas Gray
  RB Jonas Gray was signed from the practice squad by the Patriots Thursday (Oct. 16). Gray was signed by the Patriots on Jan. 8. An undrafted free agent of the Miami Dolphins in 2012, Gray spent his first season on the non-football injury list in 2012 and was released by Miami on Aug. 31, 2013. He then was signed to the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad last September. This year, he was released by the Patriots on Aug. 30 and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 1.


Oct 16 2014 - Chris Barker
  OL Chris Barker was signed from the practice squad by the Patriots Thursday (Oct. 16). Barker was released by the Patriots on Sept. 1 and signed to the practice squad two days later. He spent last season on the New England roster, playing mostly on special teams in four games.


Oct 16 2014 - Stevan Ridley
  RB Stevan Ridley was placed on reserve/injured by the Patriots Thursday (Oct. 16). Ridley suffered a knee injury on Sunday during the Patriots' 37-22 win over the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.J. Ridley was leading the Patriots in rushing in the first six games this year with 340 yards on 94 carries and two touchdowns. Shane Vereen, who has 216 yards rushing this season, will take over bulk of the carries for the offense.


Oct 16 2014 - Jerod Mayo
  LB Jerod Mayo was placed on reserve/injured by the Patriots Thursday (Oct. 16). Mayo suffered a knee injury on Sunday during the Patriots' 37-22 win over the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.J. For Mayo, it's the second significant injury in the past two seasons. Last year, he injured a pectoral muscle in October that kept him off the playing field for the remainder of the 2013 season.


Oct 14 2014 - Matthew Slater
  WR Matthew Slater continues to be listed as limited with a shoulder injury, but he played his normal role on special teams last Sunday against the Bills.


Oct 14 2014 - Devin McCourty
  S Devin McCourty was limited in practice this week with the rib injury suffered two weeks ago against the Bengals that saw him more than a half of action. The veteran returned and played his regular role last Sunday in Buffalo.


Oct 14 2014 - Chandler Jones
  DE Chandler Jones was limited again this week with a shoulder injury.


Oct 14 2014 - Dominique Easley
  DL Dominque Easley continues to be limited in practice with knee and shoulder issues, the latter of which kept him out of action last Sunday in Buffalo.


Oct 14 2014 - Dont'a Hightower
  LB Dont'a Hightower remained limited in practice with the knee injury that's forced him to miss the last two games.


Oct 14 2014 - Jamie Collins
  LB Jamie Collins continues to be limited in practice with a knee injury.


Oct 14 2014 - Brandon Browner
  CB Brandon Browner has been limited in practice this week with an ankle injury that forced him to miss last week's game against the Bills. The veteran cornerback has yet to play a game after sitting out the first four weeks to a league suspension, but is expected to suit up Thursday night against New York.


Oct 14 2014 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady has been limited in practice due to the ankle injury he suffered last Friday in practice. Brady reportedly needed "a lot of therapy" in order to get on the field and play Sunday in Buffalo.


Oct 14 2014 - Bryan Stork
  OL Bryan Stork has not practiced this week due to the concussion he suffered in practice last Thursday.


Oct 14 2014 - Cameron Fleming
  OL Cameron Fleming (finger) has not practiced this week after missing the last two weeks of action to the injury.


Oct 14 2014 - Nate Ebner
  DB Nate Ebner did not practice this week. The special teams ace has missed the last two games with a finger injury.


Oct 14 2014 - Dan Connolly
  OL Dan Connolly has not practiced this week due to the concussion suffered against the Bills. The offensive line captain has a history of concussions.


Oct 14 2014 - Caylin Hauptmann
  OL Caylin Hauptmann was re-signed to the New England practice squad Oct. 13. The rookie free agent out of Florida International had previously been on the squad from Sept. 16 through Oct. 8.


Oct 13 2014 - Jerod Mayo
  LB Jerod Mayo is expected to miss the rest of the season with a lower-leg injury. He was carted off the field in the first half against the Bills and did not return. The Pro Bowler and team captain, who was lost for the year with a pectoral tear in Week 6 last season, left Ralph Wilson Stadium on crutches. Losing Mayo, the team's leading tackler and play caller, will challenge the limited depth of the Patriots' linebackers.


Oct 13 2014 - Stevan Ridley
  RB Stevan Ridley reportedly is out for the season with a torn right ACL and MCL suffered in the third quarter Sunday against the Bills. Ridley left Ralph Wilson Stadium on crutches and wearing a knee brace.


Oct 13 2014 - Dan Connolly
  OL Dan Connolly, New England's offensive line captain, left in the first half Sunday in Buffalo with a head injury. Connolly has had a history of concussions. Given the short week to prepare for the New York Jets on Thursday night, it seems doubtful that Connolly could make the quick turnaround to return to action. Jordan Devey, who opened the year as the starting right guard but struggled through three weeks, returned to action by replacing Connolly at left guard against the Bills.


Oct 13 2014 - Brandon Browner
  CB Brandon Browner did not make the trip to Buffalo due to an ankle injury that kept him out of practice late last week. The veteran corner has yet to play through six weeks, missing the first four games to a league drug suspension.


Oct 13 2014 - Dont'a Hightower
  LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) went through a pregame workout in Buffalo on Sunday but was not healthy enough to go and missed his second straight game due. The third-year linebacker had been limited in practice last week.


Oct 13 2014 - Bryan Stork
  C Bryan Stork missed the Bills game with a concussion that occurred last Thursday in practice. The rookie fourth-rounder had started the previous two weeks, but he did not practice Friday and did not make the trip to Buffalo.


Oct 13 2014 - Dominique Easley
  DL Dominique Easley did not make the trip to Buffalo for Week 6 due to a shoulder injury suffered in the previous Sunday's win over the Bengals. The rookie first-round pick, who's also been listed with a knee injury, missed practice on Thursday and Friday.


Oct 13 2014 - Nate Ebner
  DB Nate Ebner missed his second straight game with a finger injury. The core special-teamer did not make the trip to Buffalo after missing practice all week.


Oct 13 2014 - Cameron Fleming
  OL Cameron Fleming missed the second straight week with a finger injury. The rookie fourth-round pick did not practice last week and did not travel.


Oct 13 2014 - James White
  RB James White was a healthy scratch in Buffalo. The rookie fourth-round pick has been inactive five times in the first six weeks, and was the only healthy New England inactive against the Bills.


Oct 12 2014 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady is as good as ever. Some doubted the 37-year-old quarterback after his pedestrian play during New England's 2-2 start. In the Patriots' past two victories, Brady has thrown for 653 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. On Sunday, he became the fifth player in NFL history with 60 career 300-yard passing games. "Just being around him gives you confidence," wide receiver Brian Tyms said.


Oct 12 2014 - Darrelle Revis
  CB Darrelle Revis shut down the Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins, whom coach Bill Belichick had high praise for earlier in the week. Watkins caught just two passes for 27 yards. He was not targeted on a pass until late in the third quarter.


Oct 12 2014 - Brian Tyms
  WR Brian Tyms emerged as another deep threat for New England. Tyms caught his first career touchdown pass, outmuscling Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore to haul in a 43-yard bomb on the opening drive of the third quarter. Tyms was suspended for the first four games due to a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, and was inactive last week.


Oct 12 2014 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski has always tormented his hometown team. On Sunday, he caught seven of nine passes thrown his way for 94 yards and drew a 17-yard pass interference penalty on the Patriots' third quarter field goal drive. Gronkowski also had an 18-yard touchdown pass called back due to a false start penalty in the fourth quarter.


Oct 9 2014 - Bryan Stork
  C Bryan Stork was limited in practice on Thursday due to a head injury. The rookie was not on the injury report on Wednesday.


Oct 9 2014 - Brandon Browner
  CB Brandon Browner missed practice on Thursday due to an ankle injury. Browner was not on the injury report on Wednesday. This came after the Boston Herald reported that the Patriots did not activate the veteran for last Sunday the first game he was eligible for after serving a four-game league suspension because he's been slow to pick up the team's defensive scheme.


Oct 8 2014 - Matthew Slater
  WR Matthew Slater was limited in practice on Wednesday with a shoulder injury.


Oct 8 2014 - Devin McCourty
  S Devin McCourty was limited in practice with a rib injury. The safety left the first quarter of Sunday's win and did not return, although he watched the game from the bench area.


Oct 8 2014 - Chandler Jones
  DE Chandler Jones continues to be limited in practice with a shoulder injury.



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