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 Latest Patriots Player Notes
Dec 9 2018 - Albert McClellan
  LB Albert McClellan blocked two punts against Miami. The first block led to a Pats touchdown and the second the Pats were unable to take advantage of at the end of the first half.


Dec 9 2018 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski was put on the field by New England coaches in anticipation that Miami would try a "Hail Mary" pass at the end of the game Sunday. The Dolphins instead went to laterals and in the end Kenyan Drake ran the last 52 yards, eluding a stumbling Gronkowski, for the game-winning touchdown. QB Ryan Tannehill would have had to pass 69 yards to the end zone for a "Hail Mary." "That's why its football and a game of inches. That gave me a lesson there to show it was true," Gronkowski said. "This loss is going to test our character and mental toughness. I feel like I have been going through that all year and just to get to this point -- you gotta keep working hard and keep grinding. We are going to have to come together as a team and it is definitely going to be a test of our mental toughness."


Nov 27 2018 - Rex Burkhead
  RB Rex Burkhead was activated from reserve/injured; designated for return by the Patriots Monday (Nov. 26). Burkhead was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 26 after he played in three games with two starts and registered 24 rushing attempts for 86 yards and caught three passes for 31 yards.


Nov 25 2018 - Sony Michel
  RB Sony Michel had a back injury that kept him off the field for a series. He rushed for 133 yards -- 87 in the second half -- and a touchdown. The first-round pick, who missed three games this year with a leg injury, returned to action in the loss at Tennessee before their bye week.


Nov 25 2018 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski had his first touchdown since the opening game against Houston, finishing with three catches for 56 yards against the Jets.


Nov 23 2018 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady missed practice on Friday because of an illness, but is expected to start for the Patriots on Sunday against the New York Jets, according to media reports. It's the first time this season that Brady has missed a practice. He was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of a knee injury hat he apparently sustained in a loss to the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 11 prior to New England's bye. The Patriots officially listed Brady as questionable to play on Sunday.


Nov 23 2018 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski will return to the lineup for Sunday's matchup at the New York Jets. Gronkowski sat out the past two games due to back and ankle injuries, but last week's bye apparently sped up his recuperation. "Good to go. Excited to be back out there on Sundays," Gronkowski told reporters Friday. "I'm excited to be back out there, and I'll be ready to roll." Gronkowski had missed three games this season, including a 34-10 beating by the Tennessee Titans prior to New England's bye.


Nov 23 2018 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady was not on the field during the media-access portion of Friday's practice. It's the first time this season that Brady has missed a practice. He showed up on the injury report Wednesday due to a knee injury that he apparently suffered in a loss against the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 11 prior to New England's bye. Despite the injury designation earlier in the week, the Boston Globe reported that Brady was expected to play Sunday at the New York Jets, per a league source.


Nov 14 2018 - Ramon Humber
  LB Ramon Humber was signed by the Patriots Wednesday (Nov. 14). He had been waived by the Bills Saturday. Humber, 31, spent the 2016 offseason with New England after signing with the team on March 9, before being released on Aug 30. The 5-foot-11, 232-pounder most recently played for Buffalo from 2016 through the first nine games of this season. Humber is in his 10th NFL season and has played for Indianapolis (2009-10), New Orleans (2010-15) and Buffalo (2016-18). He originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Indianapolis in 2009 out of North Dakota State. He made the 53-man roster out of training camp as a rookie and played in all 16 games, starting the final two at linebacker, and finished with 22 total tackles and a team-high of 17 special teams tackles. He added three special teams tackles in three postseason games, including Super Bowl XLIV against New Orleans. Humber played in the first two games of the season for Indianapolis in 2010 before being placed on injured reserve. He was signed by New Orleans on Dec. 1, 2010 after being released by Indianapolis on Nov. 9, 2010. Overall, Humber has played in 130 NFL games with 28 starts and has accumulated 234 total tackles, 4 sacks, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and 77 special teams tackles.


Nov 13 2018 - Duke Dawson
  CB Duke Dawson was activated from reserve/injured; designated for return by the Patriots Tuesday (Nov. 13). Dawson, 23, was selected by the Patriots in the second round of the 2018 draft (56th overall) out of Florida.


Nov 12 2018 - Ramon Humber
  LB Ramon Humber was placed on waivers by the Bills Saturday (Nov. 10).


Nov 10 2018 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski is expected to be sidelined for a second straight week. Gronkowski will sit out Sunday's matchup at the Tennessee Titans due to back and ankle injuries, the Boston Herald reported Saturday. Although Gronkowski termed his playing status a "coach's decision," a source told the newspaper that the tight end is expected to be held out with the hope that the additional rest will have him healthy for the stretch run. If Gronkowski is inactive Sunday, it will mark the third game he's missed this season. He was sidelined for a Week 7 victory at Chicago and was held out of last weekend's win over Green Bay.


Nov 9 2018 - Damoun Patterson
  WR Damoun Patterson was signed by the Patriots to the practice squad Friday (Nov. 9). Patterson, 24, was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as a rookie free agent out of Youngstown State on May 14, and released prior to the start of the regular season. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder was signed by Tampa Bay to the practice squad on Oct. 10 and released on Nov. 6.


Nov 8 2018 - Cole Croston
  T Cole Croston was signed by the Patriots to their practice squad Thursday (Nov. 8). He had been waived by the Patriots Tuesday. Croston, 24, was signed by New England to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on Sept. 15. The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder was released by the Patriots at the end of training camp this year and signed to the practice squad prior to the start of the regular season. Croston was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Iowa on May 5, 2017. He made the 53-man roster out of training camp last season and appeared in three regular-season games and the AFC Championship Game as a rookie. He was a healthy scratch for 13 regular-season contests as well as the Divisional Playoff and Super Bowl. He played in two games in 2018.


Nov 8 2018 - Rex Burkhead
  RB Rex Burkhead was designated for return from reserve/injured by the Patriots Thursday (Nov. 8). He is eligible to be activated to play in two weeks, but can practice for a maximum of 21 days.


Nov 7 2018 - Ted Karras
  G Ted Karras played respectably Sunday night in place of Shaq Mason, but it would be nice if Mason returned against the Titans. Mason is probably the Patriots' best interior offensive lineman and is a strong force in the running game. The Patriots rewarded Mason with a big contract in training camp.


Nov 7 2018 - Malcom Brown
  DT Malcom Brown was considered to be a disappointment to the point that the Patriots did not pick up the fifth-year option on their 2015 first-round pick. Brown played 47.3 percent of the snaps Sunday night and has shown himself to be a strong run player. Adam Butler, who said he is often the sacrificial lamb on third-down plays because teams will double-block Butler, complements Brown well.


Nov 7 2018 - Cordarrelle Patterson
  WR Cordarrelle Patterson showed that he can run the ball Sunday night with 11 carries for 61 yards, but the Patriots don't want Patterson to be the long-term answer at running back. The Patriots hope that rookie RB Sony Michel, who has missed the past two games, can return. The Patriots could give him the game off and make sure he is fully healthy after the bye week.


Nov 6 2018 - Damoun Patterson
  WR Damoun Patterson was released from the practice squad by the Buccaneers Tuesday (Nov. 6).


Nov 6 2018 - Brian Schwenke
  C Brian Schwenke (foot) was placed on reserve/injured by the Patriots Tuesday (Nov. 6). He is eligible to be designated for return and begin practicing after missing at least six weeks and can play after eight weeks, but only if the qualify for the playoffs. Schwenke, 27, was released by New England prior to the start of the regular season and signed to the 53-man roster on Sept. 4, 2018. The 6-foot-3, 318-pounder appeared in three games this season and was inactive for six others. Schwenke is a veteran of five NFL seasons with the Tennessee Titans. He originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick (107th overall) by Tennessee out of California in the 2013 draft. He was signed by Indianapolis as an unrestricted free agent on March 14, 2017 and was released at the end of training camp and re-signed by Tennessee on Sept. 4, 2017. Schwenke has played in 57 NFL games with 30 starts, including 25 starts at center and five at left guard. He also played in two postseason games in 2017 for the Titans. He made his first 25 starts at center and then made five starts over the last two seasons at left guard. In 2017, Schwenke played in 16 games with two starts at left guard and then saw action as a reserve in the postseason.


Nov 6 2018 - Albert McClellan
  LB Albert McClellan was signed by the Patriots Tuesday (Nov. 6). His contract had been terminated by the Ravens Oct. 30. McClellan, 32, originally signed with the Baltimore Ravens as a rookie free agent out of Marshall on May 7, 2010. The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder spent his rookie season on the Baltimore practice squad. McClellan made the 53-man roster in 2011 and from 2011-16 he appeared in 90 regular-season games with 24 starts and posted 116 tackles, three sacks, three passes defensed, three fumble recoveries and 53 special teams tackles. He also appeared in eight postseason contests as a reserve and made six special teams tackles. McClellan suffered an injury during training camp last year and spent the 2017 season on injured reserve. He was released by Baltimore prior to the start of the 2018 season and re-signed on Sept. 17, 2018. McClellan appeared in six games with one start this season and posted one tackle before being released.


Nov 6 2018 - Obi Melifonwu
  S Obi Melifonwu was signed by the Patriots Tuesday (Nov. 6). He had been waived from reserve/injured by the Raiders Oct. 23. Melifonwu, 24, was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the second round (56th overall) of the 2017 draft out of Connecticut. The 6-foot-4, 224-pounder began his rookie campaign on injured reserve before being activated to Oakland's 53-man roster on Nov. 4. He appeared in five games with one start and registered six tackles on defense and one on special teams before being placed on injured reserve on Dec. 15. Melifonwu's lone start for the Raiders came on Nov. 19, 2017 against the Patriots in Mexico City. He posted three tackles. He was placed on injured reserve prior to the start of the 2018 season before being released on Oct. 23.


Nov 6 2018 - Cole Croston
  T Cole Croston was placed on waivers by the Patriots Tuesday (Nov. 6). Croston, 24, was signed by New England to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on Sept. 15, 2018. The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder was released by the Patriots at the end of training camp this year and signed to the practice squad. Croston was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Iowa on May 5, 2017. He made the 53-man roster out of training camp last season and appeared in three regular-season games and the AFC Championship Game as a rookie. He was a healthy scratch for 13 regular-season contests as well as the Divisional Playoff and Super Bowl. QR Quadree Henderson was placed on waivers by the Giants Tuesday (Nov. 6).


Nov 5 2018 - Ufomba Kamalu
  LB Ufomba Kamalu was signed by the Patriots to the practice squad Monday (Nov. 5). He had been released by the Cardinals from the practice squad Oct. 30. Kamalu, 26, originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Houston Texans out of Miami (Fla.) on May 6, 2016. The 6-foot-6, 295-pounder began his rookie season on Houston's practice squad before being added to the 53-man roster on Nov. 26. Kamalu appeared in 13 games with three starts for the Texans from 2016-17 and registered 11 tackles and three sacks. He was released by the Texans prior to the start of the 2018 regular season and has since had a brief stint on the Arizona Cardinals practice squad.


Nov 3 2018 - James Ferentz
  C James Ferentz was signed by the Patriots from their practice squad Saturday (Nov. 3). Ferentz, 29, originally signed with New England as a free agent on May 18, 2017, and spent the 2017 season on the New England practice squad. The 6-foot-2, 285-pounder went to training camp with the Patriots this past summer but was waived on Sept. 1 and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 2. Ferentz is a veteran of two NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos (2015-16). He originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Houston Texans out of Iowa in 2014 and spent his entire first season on the Houston practice squad. He was waived by Houston on Sept. 5, 2015, and claimed by Denver on Sept. 6. Ferentz played in 14 games on offense and on special teams for Denver in 2015 and played in one postseason game during the Broncos run to the Super Bowl 50 title, seeing action against New England in the AFC Championship Game. In 2016, he played in seven games for Denver.


Oct 30 2018 - Eric Rowe
  CB Eric Rowe (groin) was placed on reserve/injured by the Patriots Tuesday (Oct. 30). He is eligible to be designated for return and begin practicing after missing at least six weeks and can play after eight weeks.


Oct 30 2018 - Albert McClellan
  LB Albert McClellan had his contract terminated by the Ravens Tuesday (Oct. 30).


Oct 30 2018 - Ufomba Kamalu
  DE Ufomba Kamalu was released from the practice squad by the Cardinals Tuesday (Oct. 30).


Oct 30 2018 - Devin McCourty
  S Devin McCourty put the game out of reach when he returned an interception 85 yards for a touchdown with 5:54 left.


Oct 30 2018 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady completed 29 of 45 passes for 324 yards and failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time in 12 games. The Patriots produced enough offense to beat the Bills, the lowest-scoring team in the NFL. Brady has dominated many teams throughout his career but none quite like Buffalo. He has a 29-3 career record against the Bills while abusing them for more yards (8,122) and touchdowns (68) than any quarterback has thrown against any opponent. The only two Buffalo quarterbacks who had more wins than Brady in Orchard Park were Jim Kelly (66), Joe Ferguson (43) and Drew Bledsoe (18). It speaks to Brady's success in Buffalo and the Bills' history of quarterbacks who struggled throughout his career.


Oct 29 2018 - Josh Gordon
  WR Josh Gordon is expected to sit out at least some of the first quarter of Monday night's game against Buffalo Bills as discipline for being tardy, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. It is not clear exactly how long Gordon will be sidelined, but he will be held out for at least the first few offensive possessions. Gordon is being disciplined because he has been late for work, according to the report.


Oct 27 2018 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski appears on track to return to the lineup for Monday night's game at the Buffalo Bills. Gronkowski, who sat out last week's win over the Chicago Bears, met with the media Saturday and reported improvement in the back injury that kept him from accompanying the team to the Windy City. "Obviously, I feel better. I have been taking steps every single day forward," said Gronkowski. "That is all I can ask for, taking steps every day forward and definitely at this time last week way better because every day I have been taking steps forward to get better."


Oct 27 2018 - Sony Michel
  RB Sony Michel was back at practice Saturday, raising the possibility that he could be available for Monday night's matchup at the Buffalo Bills. Michel suffered a knee injury early in last week's 38-31 win over the Chicago Bears and did not practice all week before showing up at Saturday's indoor session. Reports out of Boston said Michel did not suffer structural damage to the knee, but he was expected to sit out at least one game.


Oct 25 2018 - Sony Michel
  RB Sony Michel did not practice for a second straight day due to a knee injury. Michel was hurt against the Bears and limited to 22 yards on four carries after rushing for 316 yards in the previous three games.


Oct 25 2018 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski returned to the practice field Thursday. Gronkowski, who sat out last week's win over the Chicago Bears, participated in stretching and conditioning while also hitting the pads. That bodes well for Gronkowski being available for Monday night's clash against the Buffalo Bills. Gronkowski did not accompany the team to Chicago after he was ruled out with back and ankle injuries. Reports out of New England said Gronkowski was dealing with back spasms.


Oct 24 2018 - Duke Dawson
  CB Duke Dawson was designated for return from reserve/injured by the Patriots Wednesday (Oct. 24). He is eligible to be activated to play in two weeks, but can practice for a maximum of 21 days.


Oct 24 2018 - Dont'a Hightower
  LB Dont'a Hightower was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking a punt that was recovered by fellow linebacker Kyle Van Noy for a touchdown in Sunday's 38-31 win over the Chicago Bears.


Oct 23 2018 - Obi Melifonwu
  S Obi Melifonwu was placed on waivers from reserve/injured by the Raiders Tuesday (Oct. 23).


Oct 21 2018 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady was 25-for-36 for 277 yards with one interception in the Patriots' win over Chicago on Sunday.


Oct 21 2018 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski did not accompany the team to Chicago and has been ruled inactive for Sunday's game against the Bears. Per multiple media outlets, the Patriots are playing it safe with Gronkowski, who has been limited all week with ankle and back injuries. The 29-year-old is expected to be back in the lineup next week against the Buffalo Bills.


Oct 20 2018 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski did not accompany the team Saturday on its trip to Chicago for Sunday's game against the Bears because of a back injury, according to multiple reports, and the veteran was later listed as doubtful for the game. Gronkowski, who is also dealing with an ankle injury, could travel to Chicago without the team, but that generally does not happen. He leads the Patriots with 405 receiving yards on 26 receptions this season. He was one of 10 New England players is listed as questionable against the Bears earlier in the week. He has been limited in practice all week. Despite not at full health last week against the Kansas City Chiefs, he had 97 receiving yards. He has not scored a touchdown since the first game of the season. He has been targeted only once in the red zone through the first six games of the season.


Oct 20 2018 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski did not accompany the New England Patriots on Saturday for its trip to Chicago for Sunday's game against the Bears because of a back injury, according to multiple reports. Although the Patriots have not officially ruled out Gronkowski, he likely will not play against the Bears. Gronkowski, who is also dealing with an ankle injury, could travel to Chicago without the team, but that generally does not happen. Gronkowski, who leads the Patriots with 405 receiving yards on 26 receptions this season, is one of 10 New England players who is listed as questionable against the Patriots. He has been limited in practice all week. Reports also indicate that Gronkowski may play depending on how he feels. Despite not at full health last week against the Kansas City Chiefs, he had 97 receiving yards. He has not scored a touchdown since the first game of the season.He has been targeted only once in the red zone through the first six games of the season.


Oct 17 2018 - James White
  RB James White, with five catches for 53 yards Sunday, now has 37 catches on the season for 323 yards.


Oct 17 2018 - Chris Hogan
  WR Chris Hogan redeemed himself last week with a big 42-yard catch in the second half. With TE Rob Gronkowski, WR Julian Edelman, RB James White and WR Josh Gordon, Hogan will receive some single coverage and the Patriot need him to take advantage of those opportunities.


Oct 17 2018 - Marcus Cannon
  T Marcus Cannon suffered a concussion Sunday night and did not practice Wednesday. LaAdrian Waddle will replace Cannon if he is unable to play. Waddle replaced Cannon Sunday night.


Oct 15 2018 - Josh Gordon
  WR Josh Gordon is unlikely to be the player he was in 2013, when he had 87 catches for the Cleveland Browns. Gordon, though, had five catches for 42 yards Sunday night and drew a pass-interference penalty that led to a Pats touchdown. Not completely sure why the play was interference but Gordon adds a deep threat that defenses must respect.


Oct 15 2018 - Stephon Gilmore
  CB Stephon Gilmore played well, holding Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins to two catches for 18 yards. The rest of the secondary aside from Gilmore is struggling.


Oct 15 2018 - Jason McCourty
  CB Jason McCourty clearly expected help from someone over the top on that long touchdown pass to Kareem Hunt at the beginning of the second half, maybe his brother, Devin, and didn't get it.


Oct 15 2018 - Duron Harmon
  S Duron Harmon took a bad angle on the 75-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill that tied the game at 40. But there was clearly a blown coverage because no one picked up Hill in the intermediate zone. Communication must improve in the Pats secondary. "I'd just say that was just bad defense, bad coaching, bad playing, bad everything. It wasn't really an extended play. No, it wasn't a scramble. The one to (Kareem) Hunt was more of a scramble play, which that was more of the same -- bad coaching, bad playing, just bad defense," Bill Belichick said.


Oct 15 2018 - Adrian Clayborn
  DE Adrian Clayborn had two quarterback pressures on third down. Still, he does not have a sack this season. It would be nice to see more pressure from him and the rest of the defensive line.



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