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 Latest Patriots Player Notes
Aug 15 2017 - Ian Silberman
  C Ian Silberman played all 54 snaps with Rodney Hudson sitting it out and Jon Feliciano unable to play due to injury.


Aug 15 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady insisted on Tuesday that he won't be comparing the potential of this season's Patriots team to any of the franchise's past clubs -- including five that won a Super Bowl and one that nearly went undefeated. "It is really unfair to set expectations. To me, in my mind, it's really a setup," the 40-year-old Brady said during his weekly interview on WEEI's Kirk and Callahan program. "You're talking about some magical years that we've had that may never be duplicated again."


Aug 12 2017 - Elandon Roberts
  LB Elandon Roberts limped off with trainers in the second half of the preseason opener with an apparent ankle/foot issue. Roberts had a similar incident in training camp practice earlier this summer. He did not finish the game against Jacksonville.


Aug 12 2017 - Deatrich Wise Jr.
  DE Deatrich Wise Jr. left the first half of the preseason opener after getting kneed in the head by a teammate. The rookie went to the locker room and did not return, dealing with an apparent concussion.


Aug 12 2017 - Keionta Davis
  DE Keionta Davis, an undrafted rookie out of Tennessee-Chattanooga, signed with New England Aug. 11. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder earned All-America honors with 10.5 sacks as a senior. Davis joins a very young, thin and wide-open defensive end position in New England.


Aug 7 2017 - Nate Solder
  OT Nate Solder has missed the last three practices due to an unknown injury. The veteran has been on the field in full pads doing rehab work.


Aug 7 2017 - Malcolm Mitchell
  WR Malcolm Mitchell has practiced since the first day of camp, despite being on the practice field in full pads. The second-year receiver, who dealt with a knee injury last fall and dealt with injury issues at Georgia, has been doing rehab work on a side practice field.


Aug 7 2017 - Mike Gillislee
  RB Mike Gillislee has been in full pads but only doing rehab work during recent Patriots training camp practice as he deals with an apparent hamstring injury.


Aug 4 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady neither confirmed nor denied whether he sustained a concussion during the 2016 season while answering questions from reporters Friday for the first time since the day after Super Bowl LI. Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, said in May on "CBS This Morning" that her husband suffered a concussion last season and in other years. "I don't want to get into things that happened in my past, certainly medical history and so forth. I really don't think that's anybody's business," Brady said after the New England Patriots' practice at Gillette Stadium. "What happened last year ... I'm focused on this year and improving and working on things I need to get better at."


Aug 3 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady was greeted by five baby goats to celebrate his 40th birthday on Thursday. The adorable creatures were each fitted with a No. 12 jersey. The team also set up a mammoth "GOAT" sign in his honor.


Aug 1 2017 - KJ Maye
  WR K.J. Maye signed with the Patriots on July 30. The 5-8, 191 pounder was a 2016 rookie free agent out of Minnesota, spending portions of last year with the Giants and Titans.


Aug 1 2017 - Danny Amendola
  WR Danny Amendola missed three day of practice due to an unknown injury, but returned to work on Tuesday


Aug 1 2017 - Alan Branch
  DT Alan Branch opened training camp on PUP due to a foot injury and has yet to practice. The veteran has been doing rehab work on a side field and appears to be running reasonably well.


Aug 1 2017 - Dont'a Hightower
  LB Dont'a Hightower opened training camp on PUP due to a shoulder issue and has yet to practice this summer, instead doing rehab work on a side field.


Aug 1 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady will turn 40 on Thursday. The reigning Super Bowl MVP will celebrate the same way he has for nearly two decades -- with training camp practice. WR Brandin Cooks is enjoying an impressive start to his time working with Brady and put his quarterback's age in perspective. "Wow. I mean I'm only 23, so let's put it like that," Cooks said. "This guy is still playing this game, so hats off to him. That's amazing. That's a special milestone to hit and I'm happy for him."


Jul 27 2017 - Joe Cardona
  LS Joe Cardona was absent from the first day of training camp, reportedly due to his commitments as a reserve in the Navy.


Jul 27 2017 - Kony Ealy
  DE Kony Ealy did not practice in New England's opening training camp session. The trade addition from the Carolina Panthers watched the workout and did some rehab-type work with teammates. Ealy also missed the final couple of days of spring practice/OTAs for unknown reasons, so the disappointing former second-round pick of the Panthers is off to a tough start with the Patriots.


Jul 27 2017 - Andrew Jelks
  OT Andrew Jelks opened training camp on the non-football injury list. The undrafted rookie out of Vanderbilt missed his final two collegiate seasons due to a twice-torn ACL.


Jul 27 2017 - Alan Branch
  DT Alan Branch was placed on active/PUP July 24. The veteran missed spring workouts to a foot injury after re-signing with New England as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.


Jul 27 2017 - Dont'a Hightower
  LB Dont'a Hightower was placed on active/PUP on July 24. The team captain missed spring practice due to a shoulder issue after re-signing with New England as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.


Jul 27 2017 - Stephon Gilmore
  CB Stephon Gilmore's first practice in New England took place in front of more than 15,000 fans as the Patriots opened training camp. The free agent addition from Buffalo was clearly impressed. "I've never seen this many people before," Gilmore said. "It's a fun environment, a lot of people out, great teammates. There is a lot of cheering, so it's fun out here. It makes it more fun. Yeah, it's crazy. There are a lot of people here, great fans and great support."


Jul 27 2017 - David Harris
  LB David Harris joined the Patriots in late May after the veteran former Pro Bowler was dumped by the Jets. He jumped at the chance to cross lines in the famous Border War and join New England, where he adds much-needed depth to the linebacker corps led by captain Dont'a Hightower. Harris is a durable force (he missed just one game in the last eight seasons) who topped 100 tackles in six of 10 years with the Jets. Patriots coach Bill Belichick made it clear he doesn't necessarily assume that will translate into instant fit and production in New England. Harris agrees. "I told some guys I feel like a transfer student, coming in late and pretty much hit the ground running," Harris said after his first training camp practice in New England. "I have to spend more time in the playbook at night and in the morning and with the coaches to get me up to speed. That's expected for a new guy, and I'm no different."


Jul 27 2017 - Caleb Kidder
  DE Caleb Kidder was signed by the New England Patriots on Thursday. Kidder joins the Patriots after being released by the Minnesota Vikings on Friday. The 23-year-old recorded 194 tackles and 14 sacks in 47 games at Montana.


Jul 27 2017 - Tony Washington
  WR Tony Washington was signed by the New England Patriots on Thursday. Terms of the deal were not announced by the club. Washington appeared on the respective practice squads of the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville before being elevated to the Jaguars' 53-man roster on Sept. 26, 2015. The 26-year-old reeled in a nine-yard reception and had an eight-yard run while competing in six games with Jacksonville before being released on May 1.


Jul 27 2017 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski received a clean bill of health for the start of training camp. "He doesn't have limits that I know of," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Thursday of Gronkowski, who saw his 2016 season cut short due to a back injury that required surgery.


Jul 26 2017 - Andrew Hawkins
  WR Andrew Hawkins announced his retirement on Wednesday, two months removed from signing a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. Hawkins revealed in a video on social media that he didn't think he could play another season at age 31.


Jun 27 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady was voted the NFL's top player Monday in the NFL Network's annual top 100 poll, a ranking from votes of 902 of his peers in the league. Brady is ranked No. 1 for the second time, making him the only player to be voted first multiple times since the poll debuted in 2011 (the first year in which he won the vote). He was No. 2 last season behind Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton. Brady was fourth in 2012 and 2013 and third in both 2014 and 2015.


Jun 21 2017 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski is refuting reports that he racked up a hefty bill while partying at a casino nightclub in Connecticut last weekend. TMZ reported Monday that the star New England Patriots tight end and a group of 20 associates ran up a tab in excess of $100,000 while at Shrine Nightclub at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. "Don't always believe what you read. This is where 100k + would go to before that," Gronkowski wrote on his Twitter account late Monday night, attaching a picture of him holding a giant charity check for $110,000 made out to Boston Children's Hospital. The check in the picture was dated February 17, 2017. According to TMZ, which claims to have obtained an itemized receipt from Gronkowski's night out confirmed by a public relations representative at Shrine, Gronkowski's group purchased 160 bottles of champagne. The website posted pictures of Gronkowski partying shirtless with rapper Flo Rida, who posted a video to his Instagram account of him performing alongside Gronkowski at the establishment. TMZ also posted a pictured of Gronkowski's alleged receipt, totaling $102,407. The website noted that it is "most likely the casino" that footed the bill, but added "it's not like Gronk can afford it anyway."


Jun 20 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady, making a promotional tour in China, hopes to play an NFL game in the country before his career comes to an end. Brady almost had a chance to play a preseason game in China in 2007, but the matchup against the Seattle Seahawks was ultimately canceled as the NFL chose to focus on the debut of regular-season games in London, which began later that season. "My dream is to play a game here in China someday," Brady said over the weekend, via ESPN. "We had an opportunity, I think, 10 years ago, and my team was going to play here, and unfortunately it didn't work out. But one day I hope that there are many games here, and over the course of a year, because it's such a great sport and because I love it so much, to bring that here and to bring the discipline and incredible strategy involved." Brady's trip was part of a promotional tour for Under Armour. He posted a photo on Instagram of him throwing a football on the Great Wall, and also held up the Lombardi Trophy in another photo.


Jun 8 2017 - Julian Edelman
  WR Julian Edelman has reached agreement on a two-year contract extension with the New England Patriots, multiple media outlets reported Thursday. Financial terms of the contract extension, which runs through the 2019 season, were not immediately available. Edelman is heading into the final season of his four-year deal that was signed in 2014. He is slated to earn $3 million in base salary in 2017. Edelman has been Tom Brady's most frequent target over the last four years, reeling in 356 receptions for 3,826 yards and 20 touchdowns in that span. The 31-year-old recorded team highs in catches (98) and receiving yards (1,106) last season, although he managed only three touchdowns.


Jun 6 2017 - William Likely
  CB Will Likely, an undrafted rookie out of Maryland, signed with the Patriots on the eve of veteran mini-camp June 5. The 5-7, 175-pounder is recovering from a torn ACL suffered last fall, but was on the field for mini-camp in New England. Likely was an elite returner in college, notching six career touchdowns (four on punts, two on kickoffs), while also seeing time in the defensive backfield and receiver. To make room for Likely on the roster, New England released undrafted rookie DL Corey Vereen. The Patriots also official signed third-round T Tony Garcia on June 5, the 85th selection overall out of Troy.


Jun 6 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady found himself at the center of a controversy earlier this spring when his supermodel wife, Gisele, told CBS that the New England quarterback had suffered a concussion last year. While Brady has not spoken with the media this offseason, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked about the issue, which caused the league and Brady's agent to both issue dismissive statements last month regarding the issue. "I'm sure you know," Belichick said in his own dismissive tone, "we file injury reports every week. So I'm not sure when the next one's due, probably sometime in September, but we'll have one for you then." Belichick was asked a follow-up wondering if it was challenging managing the reporting and treatment of concussions from a team standpoint? "We file our reports in compliance with league guidelines," Belichick continued to stonewall. No more insight came when Belichick was asked if he's seen more players self-reporting concussion-like symptoms. "Our medical staff really handles the injury situation with players. Players don't come to me and I don't treat them for injuries. That's not really my job. That's what we have medical staff for," Belichick said.


Jun 6 2017 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski has been a full participant in the Patriots OTAs this spring and that work continued into the team's mandatory mini-camp this week. Coming back from December back surgery, the third of his football career, the former All-Pro declared himself ready to compete. "I'm 100 percent. Good to go," Gronkowski said in his trademark happy-go-lucky tone. Speaking with the media for the first time since a contract restructure that with incentives could make him the highest paid tight end in football at nearly $11 million in 2017, Gronkowski was appreciative of the new deal. "I'm definitely very thankful for the opportunity that the Patriots organization has (given) me," Gronkowski said. "I just have to keep working hard and do what's best for the team and do what's best for myself to help out the team in every way possible."


Jun 6 2017 - Jimmy Garoppolo
  QB Jimmy Garoppolo may be stuck behind Tom Brady on the New England depth chart. He may be relegated to backup duty yet again heading into the fourth and final year of his rookie contract. And the former second-round pick may not really know when and where he might ascend to a starting job in the NFL. Following the first day of the Patriots mandatory mini-camp this week, the affable Garoppolo was all smiles and said all the right things regarding his less than ideal situation. "It's your career, so you're obviously thinking about it a bit, but I mean with OTAs and everything going on, there's plenty to think about with that," Garoppolo said, though admitting he thinks about his future "from time to time." With Brady playing at an elite level as he's set to turn 40 this summer and talking about playing into his mid-40s, Garoppolo would seem unlikely to have a future in New England. But there has been speculation the team could franchise the backup next February and Garoppolo was even asked if he might entertain the possibility of signing an extension with the team. "I entertain any possibility," Garoppolo said. "I don't know, like I said, I'm not really thinking about too much right now. There's just so much going on with OTAs and training camp is right around the corner. That's where my focus is. We'll cross that bridge when we get there, I guess."


Jun 6 2017 - David Harris
  ILB David Harris was released by the New York Jets, head coach Todd Bowles confirmed Tuesday. Bowles said the release occurred after talks broke down regarding a renegotiated contract. Harris was due to make $6.5 million in 2017 in the final season of a three-year, $21.5 million contract. Bowles called the move "an organizational decision," and when asked why Harris was released now, Bowles replied, "That's a good question. Talks broke down. It happened abruptly, obviously." Another team might be willing to sign the 33-year-old Harris, who started 15 games for the Jets last season, and has been a starter in all of 10 seasons with the Jets. He had 62 tackles and 32 assists in 2016 while recording half a sack.


Jun 5 2017 - Corey Vereen
  DL Corey Vereen, a free agent who signed with New England on May 5, was released by the Patriots on Monday with an injury designation. He recorded seven sacks in 13 games at Tennessee. If he clears waivers, he would land on the season-ending injured reserve for the Patriots.


Jun 5 2017 - William Likely
  CB Will Likely, an undrafted free agent cornerback, was signed Monday by the New England Patriots. Likely was limited to six games due to an ACL injury in his senior season at Maryland. He had 229 tackles and seven interceptions in 43 career games with the Terrapins.


Jun 5 2017 - Tony Garcia
  OL Tony Garcia, the Patriots' thid-round pick of the 2017 draft, signed Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Patriots, who also signed undrafted free agent defensive back Will Likely and released free agent defensive lineman Corey Vereen with an injury designation. New England traded up to select Garcia out of Troy with the 85th overall pick of April's draft. The 6-foot-7, 302-pounder was a 2016 All-Sun Belt first-team selection as a senior and did not allow a single sack in over 900 offensive snaps.


May 31 2017 - Lawrence Guy
  DL Lawrence Guy is far from the biggest name in New England's long list of offseason talent additions. But the former Baltimore Ravens defender's versatility might just make him the perfect role player. After all, "the more you can do" is one of the tenets of coach Bill Belichick's tenure in Foxborough. "I feel comfortable anywhere you put me," Guy recalls telling his new coaches upon his arrival in New England as a free agent this spring.


May 27 2017 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski, coming off a season-ending back injury and fresh from signing a restructured deal that could pay him as much as $10.75 million this season, impressed coaches this week during organized team activities. "He looks like Gronk," Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels told reporters. "We haven't got into a big evaluation. He's involved in everything." The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Gronkowski is less than six months removed from back surgery, but was a full participant during Thursday OTAs practice in the rain. "I mean, we'll see how it goes," coach Bill Belichick told reporters regarding Gronkowski. "We've only practiced a couple days. We've got a long way to go, but we'll see how it goes." Gronkowski was injured in Week 12 against the New York Jets on Nov. 27. He caught 25 passes for 540 yards and three touchdowns in eight games in 2016.


May 25 2017 - Brandin Cooks
  WR Brandin Cooks brings a new dimension to the Patriots receiving corps. He's a speedy, big-play target with a strong personality. That latter part was on display late in OTA practice when Cooks caught a TD pass and began to do his signature bow-and-arrow routine that has led to fines in the past. He started to reach for the arrow but then stopped. "I didn't want to shoot it," the affable wideout said with a smirk. "Just having fun out there with the guys, competing every day. That's what it's all about." Despite the NFL's recent announcement that it is relaxing its rules on scoring celebrations, Cooks isn't going to take any chances. "No, I'm gonna be respectful," Cooks continued. "If it's a penalty, it's a penalty. I'm not going to do anything to hurt the team. I think it still will be (a penalty)." Cooks says the action is actually Biblical in origin and not meant as a sign of violence. "I've been doing it for three years now, and there was never a complaint about it. Now, all of a sudden, there is," Cooks said. "It's almost as if they try to take so much away from us, but for something like this, that means so much to someone that has nothing to do with violence, it's frustrating. I'll definitely continue to speak my opinion about it, and if they have a problem with it, so be it. "It's for God," he added, "so if that's threatening, then I think we've got a problem."


May 25 2017 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski is coming off a season in which he played in just eight games before landing on injured reserve when he was forced to undergo his third career back surgery. Yet, this week, the former All-Pro convinced the Patriots to re-work his contract for 2017 and give the tight end the potential to more than double his salary. Gronkowski was schedule to have a salary of $5.25 million this season, but the new deal's reported three tiers of incentives could push that as high as $10.75 million and make him the highest paid tight end in the league. ESPN reports that to reach the top tier and the $10.75 million Gronkowski would either have to play in 90 percent of New England's offensive snaps, catch 90 passes, top 1,200 receiving yards or earn All-Pro recognition. To get to the second tier, and $8.75 million, the tight end would have to play 80 percent of the Patriots snaps, top 80 receptions, notch 1,000 yards or score 12 touchdowns. The third tier is reportedly reached, with a salary of $6.75 million, with 70 percent play time, 60 receptions, 800 receiving yards or 10 touchdowns. Gronkowski has surpassed the tier one or two requirements in either receptions, yards, touchdowns or All-Pro recognition in in four of his seven career seasons. Gronkowski was on the field for OTAs this week in Foxborough and a full participant in practice action despite his December surgery. "He looks like Gronk," Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. "He's involved in everything. He's doing a good job of being a leader and a positive influence."


May 24 2017 - Andrew Hawkins
  WR Andrew Hawkins singed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots. Hawkins, who played last three seasons with the Cleveland Browns, confirmed the deal in a video posted to Uninterrupted's Twitter account. Hawkins, who signed with Cleveland as a restricted free agent in 2014 after playing for the Cincinnati Bengals in his first three NFL seasons, led the Browns with 63 catches and 824 yards in his first season. He dropped off to a total of 60 catches the last two seasons and was released by the Browns in February.


May 19 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady did not suffer a concussion in 2016, the agent of the New England Patriots quarterback said. "Tom was not diagnosed with a concussion last year," agent Don Yee said in a statement to ESPN, NFL Network and other media outlets. "Many of the protocols and safeguards still are evolving, and it's obviously a good thing the organization and everyone close to him is vigilant and always looking out for his health." The statement came two days after Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, appeared on "CBS This Morning" and said her husband "had a concussion last year" and alluded to more concussions during his career. Bundchen did not clarify when her husband suffered a concussion or whether it was medically diagnosed. Brady has never officially been listed with a concussion or head injury in his professional career.


May 19 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady signed a multiyear endorsement deal with British luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin to pitch a model that starts at $211,995. The 104-year-old handmade car company announced Friday that Brady will be driving and pitching the DB11 model. "I'm no James Bond but ... Proud to announce my new partnership with (Aston Martin)!" the Patriots quarterback wrote on his Instagram page to confirm the deal, posting photos of himself with the car. In addition, Aston Martin said Brady will "curate" his own version of the company's new Vanquish S --- a 580 horsepower coupe with a base price of more than $300,000.


May 18 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, said her husband sustained a concussion last season and in other years. Bundchen, during an interview Wednesday on "CBS This Morning," said, "I just have to say, as a wife, as you know (the NFL) is not the most, let's say, unaggressive sport. Football, he had a concussion last year," she said in the interview. "He has concussions pretty much every -- I mean we don't talk about it." The NFL issued a statement denying knowledge of any Brady head injuries in 2017. The Patriots declined comment, and the players' association said it would investigate.


May 15 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady, selected last week as the cover star of "Madden NFL 18" dubbed the G.O.A.T. edition, is uncomfortable being called the greatest of all time. Brady, in a wide-ranging interview with ESPN's Ian O'Connor, disagreed with the talk he has surpassed his boyhood hero, former San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana, as the GOAT of quarterbacks in the game's history. Montana won four Super Bowl rings and Brady collected his fifth in February when the Patriots overcome a 25-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime of Super Bowl LI.


Apr 28 2017 - Jimmy Garoppolo
  QB Jimmy Garoppolo was again targeted by the Cleveland Browns but the New England Patriots again turned down the trade inquiry. The Browns inquired Thursday night during the NFL Draft about acquiring the 25-year-old Garoppolo and were told once again the Patriots were not interested, sources told ESPN. Garoppolo started the Patriots' first two games of 2016 as Tom Brady served a four-game suspension as part of the Deflategate penalties. In those two games, Garoppolo completed over 71 percent of his passes for 496 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He injured his right throwing shoulder late in the second quarter of his second start, and then missed the team's next two games before returning to his backup role for the rest of the season.


Apr 24 2017 - Mike Gillislee
  RB Mike Gillislee signed with the New England Patriots on Monday after the Buffalo Bills decided not to match the two-year contract offer. Gillislee received a fifth-round tender as a restricted free agent, and the Bills will receive the Patriots' pick in that round of the NFL draft, No. 163 overall. A fifth-round pick in 2013, Gillislee rushed for 577 yards and eight touchdowns on 101 carries last season as LeSean McCoy's backup in Buffalo.


Apr 18 2017 - Matt Lengel
  TE Matt Lengel signed with the New England Patriots after being an exclusive rights free agent. Lengel, 26, was signed by the Patriots to the 53-man roster from the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad on Nov. 2, 2016. Lengel played in six games with the Patriots in the regular season and all three postseason games, including Super Bowl LI. He finished the regular season with two receptions for 22 yards.



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