Archive: Patriots

Brady Declares Himself Ready For Patriots' Opener

Quarterback Tom Brady today declared himself fit and ready to play in the New England Patriots' opening regular season game after being plagued during the preseason by a sore right foot. "If it is up to me, there is no question," Brady said during a news conference. "But those...

 

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2008; 05:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Pats Add O'Neal to Secondary

The New England Patriots have announced the signing of cornerback Deltha O'Neal. The defending AFC champions spent much of the offseason remaking their secondary, and the effort continues into the week before the regular season. O'Neal reached two Pro Bowls in eight seasons with the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati...

 

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2008; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jets Reportedly Could Try to Sign J. Lynch

When the New England Patriots released safety John Lynch over the weekend, Coach Bill Belichick left open the possibility that the team would re-sign him at some point. Now the Star-Ledger is reporting that the New York Jets might try to sign Lynch instead. The Jets wouldn't do something...

 

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2008; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Release J. Lynch

The New England Patriots released safety John Lynch. He'd been signed by the Patriots after being released by the Denver Broncos at the outset of training camp. Coach Bill Belichick seemed to leave open the possibility of the Patriots re-signing Lynch at some point. The team also released wide...

 

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2008; 09:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Faulk Suspended One Game

The NFL suspended New England Patriots backup tailback Kevin Faulk for one game without pay for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Faulk was also fined an additional game check. He pleaded no contest to misdemeanor possession of marijuana and was sentenced to one year probation in July....

 

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 04:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Brady or E. Manning in Less-Than-Super Rematch

It's a Super Bowl rematch minus the Super Bowl quarterbacks. The Patriots' Tom Brady and the Giants' Eli Manning have been withheld from the preseason finale tonight. Brady had said this week he'd hoped to play after being sidelined by a sore right foot. Instead, Coach Bill Belichick decided...

 

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2008; 07:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots' Moves

The New England Patriots placed guard Stephen Neal on the physically unable to perform list today. He has a shoulder injury and now will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season. Among the other roster moves announced by the Patriots was the release of fullback...

 

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2008; 06:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Belichick Not Saying if Brady Will Play in Final Preseason Game

Bill Belichick, naturally, isn't providing any clues about whether quarterback Tom Brady will play in the New England Patriots' preseason finale, a rematch of the Super Bowl teams against the New York Giants. "Tom is in the same boat as everybody else," the Patriots coach said during his news...

 

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2008; 04:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Says Foot Feeling "Very Good"

Quarterback Tom Brady said on a Boston radio show today that his ailing right foot is feeling "very good." Brady said on his weekly appearance on WEEI that he hopes to play in the New England Patriots' preseason finale Thursday against the New York Giants and expects to be...

 

By Mark Maske | August 25, 2008; 09:07 AM ET | Comments (2)

No Brady And No Preseason Wins For Patriots

As if we didn't know this already: The New England Patriots would be in big, big trouble without Tom Brady. Brady sat out his third straight preseason game and the New England offense sputtered again Friday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. Backup Matt Cassel started in Brady's place and,...

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2008; 03:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Practices

Quarterback Tom Brady participated in the New England Patriots' practice Wednesday. He had been sidelined since late last week because of a sore right foot and didn't accompany the team to its preseason game at Tampa over the weekend. It wasn't clear whether Brady participated fully in Wednesday's practice,...

 

By Mark Maske | August 21, 2008; 08:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Word Yet on Brady's Playing Status This Week

The New England Patriots aren't saying if quarterback Tom Brady will return to the lineup for their preseason game this week. Brady is suffering from a sore right foot and did not accompany the team to Tampa last weekend. Brady said during a radio appearance Monday that this is...

 

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2008; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pats Cut M. Pollard

The New England Patriots released tight end Marcus Pollard. The Patriots have Benjamin Watson, David Thomas and Stephen Spach at the position. Pollard had 28 catches for the Seattle Seahawks last season. He has 349 receptions in 13 NFL seasons, including 10 with the Indianapolis Colts and two with...

 

By Mark Maske | August 19, 2008; 08:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Says Same Leg But Different Injury

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said on a Boston radio station today that the current foot injury plaguing him is a different injury, albeit to the same leg, than the one he suffered during last season's AFC title game. Brady did not accompany the Patriots to Tampa for...

 

By Mark Maske | August 18, 2008; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

Patriots Remember Late Owner

Former New England Patriots owner James Orthwein died Friday at age 84 after a long battle with cancer. Orthwein bought the Patriots in 1992 and hired Bill Parcells as their coach. He sold the franchise in '94 to current owner Robert Kraft. "I didn't know James Orthwein well, but...

 

By Mark Maske | August 18, 2008; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Brady Doesn't Accompany Pats to Tampa Because of Sore Foot

Quarterback Tom Brady did not accompany the New England Patriots to Tampa for tonight's preseason game against the Buccaneers. Brady reportedly is resting a sore foot. It's not clear if it's the same foot on which Brady was photographed wearing a boot during the buildup to last season's Super...

 

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2008; 02:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Lynch Agrees to Deal With Patriots

Safety John Lynch has agreed to a contract with the New England Patriots, according to a source. Lynch visited the Patriots on Wednesday. It was not certain that Lynch would continue his NFL career when he and the Denver Broncos agreed to part ways in recent weeks. Lynch was...

 

By Mark Maske | August 14, 2008; 07:47 PM ET | Comments (2)

J. Lynch Visits Patriots

Free agent safety John Lynch is visiting the New England Patriots today, the Boston Globe reported on its Website. Lynch was released by the Denver Broncos after he and the team agreed to part ways. Lynch was displeased about being rendered a less than fulltime player. He wanted to...

 

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2008; 01:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Seau Still Could Return to N.E.

Linebacker Junior Seau isn't ruling out a return to the New England Patriots. Seau told a San Diego radio station that he wouldn't play for another NFL team but would consider playing for the Patriots this season and has been in contact with Coach Bill Belichick. The Patriots fortified...

 

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2008; 08:59 AM ET | Comments (2)

Pats Add Welbourn

The Patriots have been stockpiling offensive linemen to try to build some depth, and today they added John Welbourn. Welbourn is a former starter for the Eagles and Chiefs, and has spent time at both guard and tackle....

 

By Mark Maske | August 4, 2008; 09:34 PM ET | Comments (2)

Patriots' Harrison Begins Practicing

The New England Patriots removed safety Rodney Harrison from the physically unable to perform list, making him eligible to practice. Harrison participated in the Patriots' evening practice. The Patriots began training camp with a dozen players on the PUP list but have removed three of them, including offensive tackle...

 

By Mark Maske | July 29, 2008; 10:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

L. Jordan to Patriots

The Patriots announced the signing of tailback LaMont Jordan. Jordan had been released a day earlier by the Raiders. The Patriots, as always, were quick to pick up a potentially useful player discarded by someone else....

 

By Mark Maske | July 26, 2008; 09:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Overjoyed By J. Taylor's Departure From Division

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Tom Brady said he was ecstatic to see pass-rushing defensive end Jason Taylor traded out of the AFC East, from the Miami Dolphins to the Washington Redskins. "I think [Patriots left tackle Matt] Light and I popped a cold beer when we saw that transaction," the quarterback said...

 

By Mark Maske | July 24, 2008; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Shorthanded at Opening Practice

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The Patriots opened their camp with an uneventful practice indoors. Quarterback Tom Brady's ankle appeared fully healed, and he and other players emerged to say what they've been programmed by Coach Bill Belichick to say: that they've put the Super Bowl loss to the Giants behind them and...

 

By Mark Maske | July 24, 2008; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Set to Open Camp on Rainy Morning

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--It's a rainy day here and the Patriots are scheduled to have their first couple practices of training camp. They've moved the morning practice, scheduled for 8:45, to their indoor facility. There will be plenty to talk about, from the aftereffects of the Super Bowl loss and Spygate,...

 

By Mark Maske | July 24, 2008; 08:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Plea Deal for Patriots' Kaczur

New England Patriots offensive tackle Nick Kaczur pleaded guilty to speeding today as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. Under the deal, a misdemeanor drug possession charge will be dismissed if Kaczur stays out of trouble for six months. Kaczur reportedly had 202 OxyContin pills when he was...

 

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 04:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Add A. Clement

The Patriots have announced the signing of free agent offensive tackle Anthony Clement, a former starter for the Jets. Clement was released by the Jets after last season. He previously played for the Cardinals and 49ers....

 

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Sign Pair of Third-Rounders

The New England Patriots have announced the signings of two third-round draft choices, linebacker Shawn Crable and quarterback Kevin O'Connell. Crable was selected 78th overall in April and O'Connell was picked 94th. The defending AFC champions have their first practice of training camp scheduled for Thursday....

 

By Mark Maske | July 21, 2008; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (2)

Key NFL Question No. 10: Is Spygate Over?

My thoughts: Yes. Whether you agree with the actions taken by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or not, Goodell did act. The public didn't share the ongoing interest of Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Matt Walsh didn't have the goods when it came to the allegation that the Patriots had...

 

By Mark Maske | July 20, 2008; 09:38 AM ET | Comments (3)

Key NFL Question No. 2: Will the Patriots Make Another Run at an Unbeaten Season?

My thought: No. They still have Tom Brady. They re-signed Randy Moss. Coach Bill Belichick undoubtedly will use the Super Bowl defeat to the Giants and the uproar over the Spygate scandal to create an us-against-the-world resolve to contribute to another championship run. The schedule is far from overwhelming....

 

By Mark Maske | July 8, 2008; 04:10 PM ET | Comments (9)

Specter On Spygate: "I've Gone As Far As I Can"

Even Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) now appears ready to allow the Spygate scandal to fade away. The Philadelphia Daily News reported that Specter told the newspaper's editorial board Monday that he won't ask fellow Capitol Hill lawmakers to pursue the matter and won't request hearings of the Senate Judiciary...

 

By Mark Maske | June 17, 2008; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Specter Repeats Call for NFL to Hire Outside Investigator

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) hasn't forgotten about Spygate just yet. Specter entered a floor statement into the Congressional record Thursday. He reiterated the same points he's been making all along, repeating his criticisms that the NFL's investigation of the videotaping scandal involving the New England Patriots was insufficient. He...

 

By Mark Maske | June 6, 2008; 09:47 AM ET | Comments (2)

Patriots Lineman Reportedly Participated in DEA Sting After Prescription Drug Arrest

There's more controversy for the New England Patriots. The Boston Globe reported today that Patriots offensive tackle Nick Kaczur was arrested in April for illegal possession of prescription painkillers. Kaczur subsequently assisted Drug Enforcement Administration agents by wearing a hidden recording device to gather evidence against his alleged supplier,...

 

By Mark Maske | June 4, 2008; 01:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Probe of Non-Videotaping Allegations Against Patriots by Walsh Ongoing

The NFL continues to investigate two non-videotaping allegations against the New England Patriots made by their former video assistant, Matt Walsh. When he met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell 10 days ago in New York to be interviewed about the videotaping scandal, Walsh also told Goodell and other league...

 

By Mark Maske | May 23, 2008; 12:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Belichick Says Walsh Lacks Credibility

New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick fired back at former Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh during an interview with CBS News aired this evening. "I don't know what the agenda is," Belichick said. "Again, he was fired here for poor job performance. There's not a lot of credibility. You...

 

By Mark Maske | May 16, 2008; 06:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Martz Issues Statement About Rams' Walk-Through

Former St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz has issued a statement about the circumstances surrounding the team's walk-through before it played the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in 2002. It says: "I had the opportunity to talk to Commissioner [Roger] Goodell yesterday and I was very satisfied...

 

By Mark Maske | May 15, 2008; 08:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

More From Matt Walsh's HBO Interview

In today's print edition, we wrote about Matt Walsh's interview with HBO scheduled to air Friday night. The story focuses on Walsh's contention that the New England Patriots gained a significant competitive advantage from their illegal videotaping program and quotes him extensively from excerpts from the interview released by...

 

By Mark Maske | May 15, 2008; 08:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ted Kennedy Says Senate Has More Important Business

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) says the New England Patriots' videotaping scandal should not be a matter for Congressional scrutiny. "With the war in Iraq raging on, gasoline prices closing in on $4 a gallon, and Americans losing their homes at record rates to foreclosure, the United States Senate...

 

By Mark Maske | May 15, 2008; 07:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Daboll Does Not Verify Walsh's Account Of Rams' Walk-Through Info

A former New England Patriots assistant coach did not verify the account given to the NFL this week by Matt Walsh about relaying information from the St. Louis Rams' walk-through before the Super Bowl in 2002. The league has announced that members of its security department re-interviewed Brian Daboll,...

 

By Mark Maske | May 15, 2008; 07:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Specter Calls for Independent Investigation

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) today called for the NFL to appoint an independent investigator to look into the videotaping scandal involving the New England Patriots. "What is necessary is an objective investigation," Specter said during a Capitol Hill news conference. "This one has not been objective." Specter, the ranking...

 

By Mark Maske | May 14, 2008; 02:06 PM ET | Comments (9)

Boston Herald Issues Apology

The Boston Herald has issued an apology for its admittedly "false" Feb. 2 report that the New England Patriots videotaped the St. Louis Rams' walk-through before the two teams played in the Super Bowl in 2002. The apology, printed in today's editions, reads: "On Feb. 2, 2008, the Boston...

 

By Mark Maske | May 14, 2008; 07:10 AM ET | Comments (5)

Patriots Issue Statement

The New England Patriots have issued a statement. It says: "We want to address the allegation that the Patriots taped the Rams walkthrough prior to Super Bowl XXXVI. For the past three-and-a-half months, we have been defending ourselves against assumptions made based on an unsubstantiated report rather than on...

 

By Mark Maske | May 13, 2008; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Something to Keep In Mind About the Patriots' September Penalties

The delivery of eight videotapes to the NFL's offices Thursday from former New England Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh is producing calls for the league to impose new penalties upon the Patriots. It's not my place in this situation to express an opinion about what the league should or...

 

By Mark Maske | May 9, 2008; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (14)

Specter Issues Statement

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) has released a statement about the latest developments in the "SpyGate" case. It says: "I think it is very unfortunate that the NFL has already started its 'nothing new' spin before watching the tapes or finding out what Mr. Matt Walsh has to say. Let's...

 

By Mark Maske | May 8, 2008; 07:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Tapes Being Reviewed By League

The eight videotapes handed over to the league by former New England Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh arrived in the NFL's offices in New York today, as promised. They're being reviewed by league officials. It's too soon to say for certain there won't be any further penalties imposed on...

 

By Mark Maske | May 8, 2008; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (3)

Is SpyGate Almost Over?

Is the "SpyGate" scandal now just about over? Perhaps. The lawyer for former New England Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh sent a letter to the NFL Wednesday saying that eight videotapes from Walsh will arrive at the league's offices in New York today. Today is the deadline for Walsh...

 

By Mark Maske | May 8, 2008; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Walsh Turns Over Eight Tapes to League But Not One of Rams' Walk-Through

The NFL has been sent eight videotapes by former New England Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh, a league official said tonight. All of them are games between the 2000 and 2002 seasons in which the Patriots taped opponents' play signals. Included were games against the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills,...

 

By Mark Maske | May 7, 2008; 09:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Deadline for Walsh to Hand Over "SpyGate" Materials Looming

Soon, we all should know what Matt Walsh knows about "SpyGate." The deadline for the former New England Patriots video assistant to turn over to the league any materials that he possesses related to the videotaping scandal involving his former team is Thursday, under his agreement with the NFL...

 

By Mark Maske | May 6, 2008; 09:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

Goodell Says He's Prepared to Act if Further Violations By Patriots Are Substantiated

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke to a gathering of sports editors today in New York. There was no major news, but there were a few tidbits. According to Post football editor Cindy Boren, who was on hand, Goodell said he's prepared to punish the New England Patriots severely if...

 

By Mark Maske | April 24, 2008; 06:43 PM ET | Comments (2)

Patriots Statement

The New England Patriots have issued a written statement about Matt Walsh's agreement to be interviewed by the league about the "SpyGate" scandal. It says: "The New England Patriots are pleased to learn that Matt Walsh is finally willing to come forward to meet with the NFL. We are...

 

By Mark Maske | April 23, 2008; 05:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Completes Deal With Former Patriots Video Assistant

The NFL has completed an agreement with former New England Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh. The deal provides legal protection for Walsh. In return, Walsh is to turn over materials to the league by May 8 and is to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on May 13 in...

 

By Mark Maske | April 23, 2008; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

League, M. Walsh Nearing Deal

Lawyers for the NFL and former New England Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh are close to completing an agreement that would provide legal protection for Walsh so that he could be interviewed by league officials about the videotaping scandal involving the Patriots. Indications are that the deal could be...

 

By Mark Maske | April 23, 2008; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Progress in M. Walsh Negotiations?

Lawyers for the league and former New England Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh continue to negotiate an agreement that would provide legal protection for Walsh if he is interviewed by NFL officials about the videotaping scandal involving the Patriots. There are hopes that a deal perhaps could be completed...

 

By Mark Maske | April 22, 2008; 05:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Walsh Still on League's Radar Screen

The NFL hasn't forgotten about Matt Walsh, the former New England Patriots video assistant who has hinted to media organizations that he has further information about the "SpyGate" scandal. Commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly said during an appearance in the Dallas area Wednesday that he hopes to meet with Walsh...

 

By Mark Maske | April 18, 2008; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots to Take 23-Game Regular Season Winning Streak Into October Game in San Diego?

The New England Patriots will take a 19-game regular season winning streak into next season. It's difficult to envision them not extending it to 23 games in a row. Their first four games are against the Chiefs, Jets, Dolphins and 49ers (with a Week 4 bye thrown in for...

 

By Mark Maske | April 15, 2008; 07:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kraft, Belichick Addressed Other Owners and Coaches Behind Closed Doors Today

PALM BEACH, Fla.--New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Coach Bill Belichick addressed the league's other owners and head coaches during a meeting today. According to people familiar with the speeches, Kraft gave a heart-felt address in which he expressed regret over the videotaping scandal involving his franchise and...

 

By Mark Maske | April 1, 2008; 05:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Belichick Had Followup "SpyGate" Interview With League After Super Bowl

PALM BEACH, Fla.--NFL officials interviewed New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick for a second time after the Super Bowl about the "SpyGate" scandal. The interview was revealed by Belichick at the AFC coaches' media breakfast here today at the league meeting, and confirmed by NFL officials. The interview came...

 

By Mark Maske | April 1, 2008; 08:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kraft On SpyGate

PALM BEACH, Fla.--The videotaping scandal involving the New England Patriots is what prompted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to propose measures cracking down on cheating. Yet Patriots owner Robert Kraft said today he's supportive of Goodell's proposals. "I think everything he's proposing is fine and good," Kraft said. "Everyone wants...

 

By Mark Maske | March 31, 2008; 07:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

And You Are...?

PALM BEACH, Fla.--New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick arrived for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's address this morning to begin the annual league meeting. One problem: Belichick wasn't wearing his credential and, according to people who witnessed the scene, the security guard stationed outside the meeting room at the Breakers...

 

By Mark Maske | March 31, 2008; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rules Allow Titans to Trade Jones to Cowboys... Or Anyone Else

There are reports that the Dallas Cowboys are talking to the Tennessee Titans about a possible trade for suspended cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones. Jones also has been linked to other possible new teams, including the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions, in media speculation about prospective trades. Which leads...

 

By Mark Maske | March 21, 2008; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Add F. Bryant

The New England Patriots continue to remake their secondary by agreeing to a contract today with free agent cornerback Fernando Bryant, cut by the Detroit Lions. In free agency, the Patriots have added cornerbacks Bryant, Jason Webster and Lewis Sanders, along with safety Tank Williams. They've lost cornerbacks Asante...

 

By Mark Maske | March 20, 2008; 04:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Deal Yet Between Walsh, NFL

People familiar with the discussions between the NFL and former New England Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh say an agreement between the two sides remains close but is not completed yet. Both sides released statements Sunday evening saying they expected an agreement to be completed soon. They have been...

 

By Mark Maske | March 10, 2008; 06:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Close to Deal to Interview Walsh About "SpyGate"

The NFL is close to an agreement to interview former New England Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh, possibly a key figure in the "SpyGate" investigation. Attorneys for Walsh and the league have been negotiating an agreement to indemnify Walsh against possible legal problems arising from what he might tell...

 

By Mark Maske | March 9, 2008; 08:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Patriots Add Safety

Free agent safety Tank Williams agreed to a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. Williams leaves the Minnesota Vikings. He could be a possible replacement in New England for Eugene Wilson, a free agent safety who is drawing interest from several teams....

 

By Mark Maske | March 6, 2008; 07:30 AM ET | Comments (116)

Patriots Retain J. Gaffney

Free agent wide receiver Jabar Gaffney agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract Tuesday night to remain with the New England Patriots. The Patriots are doing what they can to keep quarterback Tom Brady's receiver corps intact, losing Donte' Stallworth but re-signing Randy Moss and Gaffney to go with...

 

By Mark Maske | March 5, 2008; 09:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cornerback-Needy Patriots Sign J. Webster

The New England Patriots signed free agent cornerback Jason Webster. Webster was with the Buffalo Bills this past season but played only one game before being placed on the injured reserve list. He previously had stints with the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons. The Patriots needed help at...

 

By Mark Maske | March 4, 2008; 10:36 PM ET | Comments (49)

Eagles Made Bid for R. Moss

The Philadelphia Eagles made a run at signing wide receiver Randy Moss before he re-signed today with the New England Patriots. The Eagles had a bitter parting with another receiving diva, Terrell Owens. But they did reach a Super Bowl with Owens on their roster, and NFL sources said...

 

By Mark Maske | March 3, 2008; 10:09 PM ET | Comments (218)

Patriots Announce Moss Re-Signing

Wide receiver Randy Moss's deal with the New England Patriots is official. The three-year, $27 million contract includes $15 million in guaranteed money, most of that in a $12 million signing bonus. It certainly looks like Moss gave the Patriots a discount, given that a less productive wideout like...

 

By Mark Maske | March 3, 2008; 07:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Moss, Patriots Have Tentative Deal

The NFL's top free agent is off the market. Wide receiver Randy Moss has tentatively agreed to a three-year, $27 million contract to remain with the New England Patriots, an NFL source said. The two sides are working out the final details of the contract and, barring any last-second...

 

By Mark Maske | March 3, 2008; 02:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots, R. Moss Said to be Close to Deal

NFL sources say the New England Patriots are close to re-signing wide receiver Randy Moss. Moss set a single-season league record with 23 touchdown catches this past season after being traded from the Oakland Raiders to the Patriots. He agreed to a restructured contract with a reduced salary as...

 

By Mark Maske | March 3, 2008; 02:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Gay to Saints as Patriots Lose Another Cornerback

The New England Patriots have lost another cornerback. Two days after Asante Samuel left for the Philadelphia Eagles, fellow unrestricted free agent Randall Gay has agreed to a four-year, $17.8 million deal with the New Orleans Saints. The contract includes $6.9 million in guaranteed money. It's a homecoming for...

 

By Mark Maske | March 2, 2008; 03:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Resolution Yet on R. Moss

The first day of free agency came and went without any resolution of Randy Moss's status. Many in the league thought that when the New England Patriots didn't use their franchise player tag on Moss, it was a sign that the team had worked out a deal to retain...

 

By Mark Maske | March 1, 2008; 08:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bruschi Stays With Patriots

Linebacker Tedy Bruschi has decided against retirement and testing free agency. Bruschi has agreed to a contract to remain with the New England Patriots, an NFL source said. Bruschi's return means that the Patriots can pair him with fellow holdovers Mike Vrabel and Adalius Thomas at linebacker. The Patriots...

 

By Mark Maske | February 28, 2008; 08:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Reportedly Releasing R. Colvin

The New England Patriots will have to remake their linebacking corps. The Boston Globe is reporting on its Web site that the team is expected to release linebacker Rosevelt Colvin today. The move will save the Patriots $5.5 million in salary cap room, the Globe reports. With Tedy Bruschi...

 

By Mark Maske | February 26, 2008; 04:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Hire Capers

INDIANAPOLIS--The New England Patriots added Dom Capers to their coaching staff. The Patriots announced that they'd hired Capers, most recently the Miami Dolphins' defensive coordinator, as a special assistant working with their secondary. Capers is the former head coach of the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans. The Patriots also...

 

By Mark Maske | February 22, 2008; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (102)

R. Moss Untagged

INDIANAPOLIS--The New England Patriots did not use their franchise player tag on wide receiver Randy Moss, leaving him eligible for unrestricted free agency on Feb. 29. The Patriots still can re-sign Moss but are restricted from doing so before Feb. 29. Moss agreed to a reworked contract to be...

 

By Mark Maske | February 21, 2008; 04:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Briefs Competition Committee on SpyGate

INDIANAPOLIS--Commissioner Roger Goodell and league attorney Jeff Pash briefed members of the NFL's competition committee here today on the SpyGate investigation. Goodell and Pash explained the league's investigation of the videotaping incident involving the New England Patriots in the opening week of the just-completed season. They told committee members...

 

By Mark Maske | February 21, 2008; 03:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Z. Thomas Visits Patriots But Doesn't Sign, With Saints and Perhaps Cowboys Up Next

Free agent linebacker Zach Thomas, just cut by the Miami Dolphins, visited the New England Patriots on Monday and received a contract offer. It wasn't enough, however, to convince Thomas to sign the deal and end his free agent tour. He's scheduled to visit the New Orleans Saints today...

 

By Mark Maske | February 19, 2008; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Belichick Defends Early Exit, Says He's Moving On to Preparations for Next Season

New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick defended his decision to leave the field with a second to play in Sunday's Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants. During a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Belichick cited the confusion at the moment, in which people from both sidelines ran...

 

By Mark Maske | February 6, 2008; 08:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Former Patriots Video Assistant Now Is Central Figure In "SpyGate" Investigation

PHOENIX--Members of the NFL's security department are attempting to arrange a meeting with former New England Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh, who has hinted to several news organizations that he has information pertinent to the "SpyGate" case. Walsh now lives in Hawaii but it's unclear if NFL Commissioner Roger...

 

By Mark Maske | February 4, 2008; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Quick Halftime Thoughts

GLENDALE, Ariz.--The Giants certainly have their chance. They're getting to Tom Brady. They're shutting down Randy Moss. The Patriots simply can't block Justin Tuck. But when you're facing the Patriots, you have to turn your opportunities into points. The Giants have had their chances and only have three points...

 

By Mark Maske | February 3, 2008; 08:16 PM ET | Comments (96)

Pope on Giants' Inactive List

GLENDALE, Ariz.--Defensive back Geoffrey Pope, formerly of Howard University, is on the New York Giants' inactive list for the game. As recently as midweek, he'd been hoping to be on the active list for the game. Veteran wide receiver Troy Brown is on the New England Patriots' inactive list....

 

By Mark Maske | February 3, 2008; 05:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

SpyGate Won't Go Away

GLENDALE, Ariz.--Even in the final hours before the New England Patriots play the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, "SpyGate" won't go away. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) said he would speak to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as soon as Monday about concerns over the league's handling of the...

 

By Mark Maske | February 3, 2008; 04:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Defends Decision to Destroy SpyGate Tapes

PHOENIX--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today defended his decision to have the league destroy six videotapes handed over by the New England Patriots after the team's spying scandal in September. "I think it was the appropriate thing to do," Goodell said at the commissioner's annual state of the league news...

 

By Mark Maske | February 1, 2008; 04:54 PM ET | Comments (6)

Burress Misses Another Practice, This Time Because of Sore Knee

PHOENIX--Wide receiver Plaxico Burress missed the New York Giants' practice Thursday for a second straight day, this time because of a sore left knee. Burress missed Wednesday's practice because of the ailing right ankle that plagued him all season. For the New England Patriots, quarterback Tom Brady participated in...

 

By Mark Maske | February 1, 2008; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Moss Says Packers Said "Wrong Things" to Him

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--The Green Bay Packers made a bid to try to trade for Randy Moss in the offseason before the New England Patriots obtained the wide receiver from the Oakland Raiders. Moss said today he was glad he didn't end up in Green Bay because Packers officials were saying...

 

By Mark Maske | January 30, 2008; 06:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

McDaniels Might Agree to Redskins' Interview If Asked

GLENDALE, Ariz.--New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels isn't ruling out the possibility of agreeing to interview for the Washington Redskins' head coaching job, if asked, after the Super Bowl. McDaniels, at the tender age of 31, oversaw a New England offense that set a single-season NFL scoring record...

 

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2008; 02:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Practices

PHOENIX--Quarterback Tom Brady participated in the New England Patriots' practice today. The practice wasn't in full pads but it marked Brady's return after he sat out two practices last week in Foxborough, Mass. He hurt his right ankle in the AFC title game. "He was out there like everybody...

 

By Mark Maske | January 28, 2008; 06:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Moss Remains With Patriots as Temporary Restraining Order Against Him Extended

PHOENIX--Wide receiver Randy Moss remained in the Phoenix area with the New England Patriots and did not attend a scheduled hearing in Florida related to a woman's battery allegation against him. Moss was not required to attend the hearing. Lawyers for Moss and the woman agreed to extend a...

 

By Mark Maske | January 28, 2008; 03:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Arrive and Brady Says He's Ready to Go

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--The New England Patriots were the first team to arrive at the Super Bowl site and quarterback Tom Brady said his sprained right ankle won't keep him from playing next weekend. "It's feeling good," Brady said tonight. "I'll be ready to go. I think we need three great...

 

By Mark Maske | January 27, 2008; 10:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Again Unseen in Foxborough

For a second straight day, quarterback Tom Brady was absent from the portion of the New England Patriots' practice in Foxborough, Mass., that was open to reporters. Coach Bill Belichick again declined to give specifics about Brady's status. Brady reportedly is suffering from a mild high ankle sprain. He...

 

By Mark Maske | January 25, 2008; 02:02 PM ET | Comments (5)

Waiting for Super Bowl Assistants Could Be Risky Strategy

New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels are the latest targets of the Washington Redskins' coaching search. They are the new hot assistant coaches in the league and the Redskins apparently have decided to wait until after the Super Bowl to...

 

By Mark Maske | January 25, 2008; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (71)

Brady Misses Practice?

Quarterback Tom Brady wasn't on the field for the portion of the New England Patriots' practice that was open to reporters today in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots gave no indication about whether Brady participated in the other portion of the practice, and Coach Tom Belichick declined to comment on...

 

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2008; 04:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rapid Recovery for Brady's Injured Foot?

Maybe Tom Brady isn't so injured, after all. Now there are photos surfacing of Brady out of the town in New York on Monday night with girlfriend Gisele Bundchen minus the protective boot on his right foot. Earlier Monday, the New England Patriots' quarterback had been photographed near Bundchen's...

 

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2008; 01:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Has Injured Foot But is Vowing to Play in Super Bowl

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was photographed in New York on Monday wearing a protective boot on his right foot. Brady told a Boston radio station that he indeed is hurt but will be ready to play in the Super Bowl against the New York Giants a week...

 

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2008; 08:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Gates Playing, Too

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The inactive lists for the AFC title game are out. Neither tight end Antonio Gates nor quarterback Philip Rivers is on the San Diego Chargers' inactive list. That means that Gates will play for a second straight week with a sprained toe. Rivers is scheduled to start the...

 

By Mark Maske | January 20, 2008; 02:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rivers Scheduled to Start

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Philip Rivers indeed is scheduled to start today's AFC championship game at quarterback for the San Diego Chargers. Rivers hurt his right knee during last Sunday's win at Indianapolis and barely practiced during the week. The Chargers' concern is how long Rivers will be able to play. Backup...

 

By Mark Maske | January 20, 2008; 01:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Even if Rivers Starts, Can He Finish?

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The San Diego Chargers still haven't made a final decision about the playing status of quarterback Philip Rivers for today's AFC title game at Gillette Stadium. One person familiar with the Chargers' thinking just said his guess is that Rivers will convince the team's coaches to allow him...

 

By Mark Maske | January 20, 2008; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Windy Conditions Favor Chargers

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The wind is blowing hard on this blustery New England day. That might give the Chargers a sliver of hope in today's AFC title game. A really, really windy day could affect the Patriots' passing game. If it becomes a game that's all about running the ball, the...

 

By Mark Maske | January 20, 2008; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Another Good Day for the Patriots

INDIANAPOLIS--Today's biggest winner? Not the San Diego Chargers. Not the New York Giants. The New England Patriots. The Indianapolis Colts match up relatively well with the Patriots and could have challenged them in next weekend's AFC title game. But they won't get the chance after being upset today by...

 

By Mark Maske | January 13, 2008; 09:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jaguars Take Away Moss, But Picked Apart by Brady and Other Patriots Receivers

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--For the first time this season, a New England Patriots opponent put two or three defenders around wide receiver Randy Moss on practically every play. The Jacksonville Jaguars dared Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to find another way to beat them. He did. Moss had only one catch but...

 

By Mark Maske | January 13, 2008; 12:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Choose Patriots Executive as General Manager

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The Atlanta Falcons have chosen New England Patriots executive Tom Dimitroff as their general manager. Dimitroff is the Patriots' director of college scouting. He replaces Rich McKay, who was retained by Falcons owner Arthur Blank as the team's president but was told he would not keep his GM...

 

By Mark Maske | January 12, 2008; 07:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Named MVP By Associated Press

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was chosen the NFL most valuable player by the Associated Press. He received 49 of 50 votes in balloting by media members. Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre received the other vote. Brady threw 50 touchdown passes, an NFL single-season record, and had...

 

By Mark Maske | January 5, 2008; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Wilfork Fined $15,000

The NFL fined New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork $15,000 for poking his finger through the facemask of New York Giants tailback Brandon Jacobs during the regular season finale last Saturday night at Giants Stadium. Officials did not see the incident and Wilfork was not penalized during the...

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2008; 04:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Young Offensive Coordinator McDaniels Declining Head Coaching Interviews, Will Stay With Patriots

Josh McDaniels, the New England Patriots' 31-year-old offensive coordinator, has pulled himself out of consideration for head coaching vacancies with other teams. McDaniels was drawing interest after overseeing the Patriots' record-setting offense. The Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons reportedly were interested in interviewing him. But McDaniels declined the interviews....

 

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2008; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Belichick Voted AP Coach of Year

Bill Belichick indeed was named the NFL coach of the year by the AP. He received 29 of 50 votes in balloting by media members. The Green Bay Packers' Mike McCarthy finished second with 15 votes. The Dallas Cowboys' Wade Phillips and the Jacksonville Jaguars' Jack Del Rio received...

 

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2008; 02:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Belichick Reportedly to Prevail in AP Coach of Year Balloting

The Boston Herald polled 41 of the 50 media members with votes for the Associated Press's NFL coach of the year award and reported that the New England Patriots' perfect regular season will earn Bill Belichick the honor. The Herald reported that 25 of the 41 said they voted...

 

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2008; 01:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Coughlin's Gamble Mostly Pays Off, But Giants Learn the Game's Only Beginning When You Get a Late Lead on the Patriots

Some quick thoughts on Patriots-Giants on the train ride home from New York... * It was one of the best games of the season, thanks to the decision by Giants Coach Tom Coughlin to play his regulars the whole way. Coughlin's gamble paid off. Yes, the Giants lost and...

 

By Mark Maske | December 30, 2007; 12:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

How Will Giants Approach Patriots Game?

The New England Patriots have made it clear that they're not planning to ease off the accelerator and rest key starters in Saturday night's regular season finale against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium just because they've clinched home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The question now...

 

By Mark Maske | December 26, 2007; 09:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Belichick Doesn't Sound Like He Plans to Sit Down Key Patriots Starters

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Anyone who thought the New England Patriots' bid for an unbeaten season might be derailed by Coach Bill Belichick sitting down quarterback Tom Brady, wide receiver Randy Moss and other key starters to avoid injuries in the final few regular season games might want to reconsider. Belichick was...

 

By Mark Maske | December 17, 2007; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (2)

More Jets-Patriots Intrigue

Naturally, there is more intrigue between the New York Jets and New England Patriots as they ready to play Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Jets Coach Eric Mangini told reporters today that the club videotaped last season's playoff game against the Patriots from behind both end zones after being given...

 

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2007; 10:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Re-Establish Their Dominance

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Maybe everyone now has learned the lesson: Just leave the New England Patriots alone. The Patriots hadn't played well in their last two games. They'd had to engineer fourth-quarter comebacks in three of their past four games. But young Pittsburgh Steelers safety Anthony Smith nevertheless felt the need...

 

By Mark Maske | December 10, 2007; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Steeler's Guarantee Misguided

What, exactly, was Anthony Smith thinking? The young safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers felt the need to come out and publicly guarantee a victory when his teams plays the New England Patriots on Sunday in Foxborough, Mass. Why? The Patriots are unbeaten but have had some vulnerabilities on display...

 

By Mark Maske | December 8, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Patriots Go From Being Most Dominant Team in League History to Luckiest

BALTIMORE--The New England Patriots had better be very, very good the rest of the way if they're going to complete an unbeaten season. Because they probably exhausted all the luck at their disposal here Monday night. Three times on the game's decisive drive, the Patriots appeared to fail on...

 

By Mark Maske | December 4, 2007; 09:38 AM ET | Comments (5)

Ravens Probably Don't Have Enough Offensive Firepower to Follow Eagles' Plan Against Patriots

Eight days ago, the Philadelphia Eagles provided the blueprint for how to beat the New England Patriots. They didn't do it, but they suffered a near-miss loss in Foxborough, Mass., behind backup quarterback A.J. Feeley that showed how it can be done. They threw the ball early and often....

 

By Mark Maske | December 3, 2007; 09:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Place Colvin on IR, Activate T. Brown

The New England Patriots placed linebacker Rosevelt Colvin on the injured reserve list, ending his season. Colvin was hurt during Sunday night's triumph over the Philadelphia Eagles, although the nature of his injury was not clear. The Patriots also activated veteran wide receiver Troy Brown from the physically unable...

 

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2007; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (1)

Feeley, Eagles Show It Might Not Be So Easy for Patriots, After All

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--It remains to be seen if the Philadelphia Eagles have a quarterback controversy on their hands, or even a quarterback issue. But backup A.J. Feeley, filling in because of Donovan McNabb's ankle and thumb injuries, nearly beat the team here Sunday night that many expect to go unbeaten...

 

By Mark Maske | November 26, 2007; 12:51 AM ET | Comments (26)

Patriots Clinch Division Title

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The New England Patriots clinched the AFC East title today even before taking the field for tonight's game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium. The Buffalo Bills' loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars this afternoon ensured the Patriots of their fifth straight division crown. They become the first...

 

By Mark Maske | November 25, 2007; 07:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brady, Moss Are Just Making It Look Too Easy

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.--Earlier in the day, Terrell Owens had four touchdown catches for the Dallas Cowboys. Randy Moss noticed. "Yeah," Moss said in the New England Patriots' locker room here late Sunday night, "I saw the real [number] 81." So Moss, dubbed the "other" No. 81 by Owens earlier...

 

By Mark Maske | November 19, 2007; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Scandal That Wasn't

There were reports throughout the day Monday that the New England Patriots had complained to the league after Sunday's victory in Indianapolis that the Colts were illegally piping artificial crowd noise through speakers at the RCA Dome during the game. It's an accusation that has been made in the...

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (1)

Patriots-Bills Flexed to Prime Time on Nov. 18

NBC is using its first flexible-scheduling move of the season to try to cash in on the success of the New England Patriots. The network and the league announced today that the Patriots-Buffalo Bills game on Nov. 18 has been moved to the prime-time slot at 8:15 p.m....

 

By Mark Maske | November 5, 2007; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Get Ready for the Patriots to Be 17-0 When They Next Face the Colts

INDIANAPOLIS--If you still don't think it's likely that the New England Patriots will be 17-0 when they next face the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game in January in Foxborough, Mass., perhaps you missed Sunday's proceedings at the RCA Dome. The Patriots' 24-20 triumph over the Colts brought...

 

By Mark Maske | November 5, 2007; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (13)

Colts Have Harrison, Ugoh on Inactive List

INDIANAPOLIS--The Indianapolis Colts will be at far from full strength when they face the New England Patriots today. The Colts have wide receiver Marvin Harrison and rookie left tackle Tony Ugoh on their inactive list for the game. Harrison will be sidelined for the third time in four games...

 

By Mark Maske | November 4, 2007; 03:41 PM ET | Comments (1)

Could C. Dillon Return to Patriots?

INDIANAPOLIS--There is some talk around the New England Patriots that retired tailback Corey Dillon could return to the team at some point this season. Dillon split the ball-carrying duties last season with Laurence Maroney, then retired in the offseason. He has drawn interest this season from several teams, including...

 

By Mark Maske | November 4, 2007; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Place Sammy Morris on IR List

The New England Patriots placed backup tailback and leading rusher Sammy Morris on the injured reserve list, ending his season. Morris has been sidelined by what the Patriots have called a chest injury but usual starter Laurence Maroney has returned to the lineup....

 

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2007; 06:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dungy Stands Ground on Patriots Comments

Even as his team readies to face the New England Patriots on Sunday, Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy isn't taking back comments that he made just after the Patriots were punished by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for using videotaping equipment to steal the signals of the New York Jets...

 

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 09:49 AM ET | Comments (6)

Patriots' Thoughts Quickly Turn to Colts

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Can any team in the league stay competitive in a game with the New England Patriots? It's about time to find out. With little reason to dwell on today's 52-7 drubbing of the Washington Redskins at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots' focus immediately turned to next Sunday's showdown with...

 

By Mark Maske | October 28, 2007; 09:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Activate Seymour

The New England Patriots activated defensive end Richard Seymour today, making him eligible to play Sunday against the Washington Redskins in Foxborough, Mass. Seymour had been on the physically unable to perform list after undergoing offseason knee surgery. He began practicing this week and the Patriots had three weeks...

 

By Mark Maske | October 27, 2007; 09:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Seymour Practices With Patriots

Defensive lineman Richard Seymour practiced for the first time this season with the New England Patriots. Seymour has been on the physically unable to perform list after undergoing offseason knee surgery. The Patriots now have three weeks to activate Seymour or place him on the injured reserve list, ending...

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2007; 04:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tailback Shuffle for Patriots

The New England Patriots might switch tailbacks this week. Usual starter Laurence Maroney has missed three games because of a groin injury but might be ready to return to the lineup. That's good timing for the Patriots since fill-in starter Sammy Morris suffered a chest injury during Sunday's victory...

 

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2007; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Can Anyone Match Up With the Patriots?

IRVING, Tex.--Okay, so maybe the New England Patriots can go unbeaten, after all. There is talk just about every NFL season about whether a team can go undefeated and join the 1972 Miami Dolphins. And usually, such talk is silly. The season is just too long and too grueling....

 

By Mark Maske | October 14, 2007; 09:54 PM ET | Comments (6)

Let the Hype Begin for Patriots-Cowboys Game

The NFL's game of the year (so far) nearly was ruined Monday night, but escaped intact. Barely. The Dallas Cowboys scored nine points in the final 20 seconds, the last three of them on a 53-yard field goal by kicker Nick Folk after they recovered an onside kick, to...

 

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2007; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Getting Back R. Harrison

As if the New England Patriots need any more help, they're getting back safety Rodney Harrison this week. Harrison has completed a four-game suspension by the NFL for acknowledging to league officials that he used a performance-enhancing substance, reportedly human growth hormone. The Patriots have been the league's most...

 

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2007; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wilfork Appealing Fine for Hit on Losman

New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork told a Boston radio station that he's appealing his $12,500 fine for a low hit that injured Buffalo Bills quarterback J.P. Losman. Wilfork maintains that he was pushed into Losman by a Bills blocker. Losman suffered a sprained knee on the hit...

 

By Mark Maske | October 3, 2007; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wilfork Fined for Hit That Injured Losman

The NFL fined New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork $12,500 for a low hit last weekend that injured Buffalo Bills quarterback J.P. Losman. Wilfork was penalized on the play. Losman suffered a sprained knee and is to miss at least two weeks. Rookie Trent Edwards has taken over...

 

By Mark Maske | September 28, 2007; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Case Appears Closed

NFL officials are saying they don't expect any further penalties against the New England Patriots for using videotaping equipment to steal opponents' play signals. The league announced Thursday that the Patriots had complied with the NFL's request to hand over all materials related to their videotaping program, and league...

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2007; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

T.O. Fined for Touchdown Celebration Inspired By Spying Scandal

The NFL truly has no sense of humor. The league fined Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens $7,500 for his touchdown celebration Sunday that made reference to the spying scandal involving the New England Patriots. After scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins, Owens stood by the goal post...

 

By Mark Maske | September 19, 2007; 09:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

Some of Backlash for Spying Scandal Aimed at Mangini?

One of the curious after-effects of the New England Patriots' spying scandal is that part of the backlash within the league seems to be aimed at New York Jets Coach Eric Mangini. Several people within the league said in recent days that there is anger within the NFL coaching...

 

By Mark Maske | September 19, 2007; 06:48 AM ET | Comments (12)

League Investigating Leak of Patriots' Spy Tape

The league office is conducting an internal investigation to try to determine how a copy of the New England Patriots' spying video was leaked to the Fox television network, an NFL official said. A copy of the tape was aired by Fox on Sunday, showing the New York Jets...

 

By Mark Maske | September 18, 2007; 09:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Circle-the-Wagons Night for the Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--When it was over, linebacker Tedy Bruschi and quarterback Tom Brady hugged Coach Bill Belichick on the New England Patriots' sideline. The fans at Gillette Stadium cheered Belichick wildly as he exited the field. Patriots owner Robert Kraft gave Belichick a game ball and players offered testimonials to...

 

By Mark Maske | September 17, 2007; 01:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Defends Patriots Sanctions

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, criticized by some observers for failing to suspend New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, defended the sanctions that he imposed on Belichick and the Patriots during an interview tonight on NBC. Goodell called the potential loss of a first-round draft choice "unprecedented" and "terribly...

 

By Mark Maske | September 16, 2007; 10:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Is It Unthinkable that Belichick, Patriots Could Part Ways After This Season?

Is it totally, completely unthinkable that this could be Bill Belichick's final season as coach of the New England Patriots even if he wins another Super Bowl title? Perhaps not. Belichick is the finest coach of his era, with three Super Bowl triumphs with the Patriots. He has been...

 

By Mark Maske | September 14, 2007; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Belichick Responds

New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick issued a written statement tonight after being penalized by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for last weekend's spying incident. Belichick, who discussed the incident with Goodell earlier in the week, said in the statement that he accepted "full responsibility" for the incident but blamed...

 

By Mark Maske | September 13, 2007; 11:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Belichick Fined $500,000, Patriots Stripped of At Least One Draft Pick

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell fined New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick $500,000 and stripped the team of at least one draft pick, possibly its first-round selection next spring, for using videotaping equipment to try to steal the New York Jets' play signals during a game last Sunday. The Patriots...

 

By Mark Maske | September 13, 2007; 09:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles Wonder About Super Bowl Loss to Patriots

PHILADELPHIA--With the New England Patriots accused of using videotaping equipment to steal defensive play signals from the New York Jets last weekend, some Philadelphia Eagles players said today they wonder if they might have been cheated out of a Super Bowl title three seasons ago. The Eagles lost the...

 

By Mark Maske | September 13, 2007; 04:58 PM ET | Comments (6)

Belichick Issues Apology for Spying Incident

New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick issued an apology today for the incident in which his team is accused of improperly stealing signals by New York Jets coaches during a game last weekend at Giants Stadium. Belichick also indicated that he'd spoken to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell this week...

 

By Mark Maske | September 12, 2007; 01:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goodell Prepared to Strip Patriots of Draft Picks

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is prepared to strip draft picks from the New England Patriots as punishment for Sunday's incident in which they allegedly used videotaping equipment to steal the play signals of the New York Jets, two sources familiar with the league's investigation into the matter said today....

 

By Mark Maske | September 11, 2007; 07:20 PM ET | Comments (3)

League Investigating Charge that Patriots Improperly Monitored Jets' Play Signals

NFL officials are investigating an incident in which a New England Patriots employee who was on the field during Sunday's triumph over the New York Jets at Giants Stadium was accused of videotaping Jets coaches on their sideline signaling play calls to players on the field, a league source...

 

By Mark Maske | September 10, 2007; 03:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Cut R. Caldwell

The New England Patriots released wide receiver Reche Caldwell. Caldwell was the club's leading receiver last season. But the Patriots spent the offseason bolstering the position by signing Donte' Stallworth and Kelley Washington as free agents and trading for Randy Moss and Wes Welker. Those four, plus Jabar Gaffney,...

 

By Mark Maske | September 3, 2007; 09:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shorthanded Patriots Will Face Some Early Tests

Many NFL observers already have all but awarded this season's Super Bowl to the New England Patriots. It is a distinct possibility, but there could be some early bumps in the road. The Patriots will play the first month of the season without two key defensive players, safety Rodney...

 

By Mark Maske | September 2, 2007; 06:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Harrison Suspended After Admitting HGH Use

The NFL suspended New England Patriots veteran safety Rodney Harrison for four games after he admitted to league officials that he used human growth hormone, two sources familiar with the case said tonight. People familiar with the league's drug-testing program said they believed that Harrison is the first NFL...

 

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2007; 11:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Reportedly Make No-Franchise Concession to Samuel

Cornerback Asante Samuel apparently secured a concession from the New England Patriots before signing his one-year contract this week. The Boston Globe reported that the Patriots agreed not to use their franchise player tag on Samuel again next offseason if he plays a certain percentage of the team's defensive...

 

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2007; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Have A. Samuel Back in Fold

Cornerback Asante Samuel rejoined the New England Patriots today. He was to sign a one-year, $7.79 million contract and participate in the team's practice. Samuel refused to report to training camp after being named the Patriots' franchise player in the offseason. He failed in his attempt to get the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2007; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

A. Samuel Could Rejoin Patriots Today

Boston-area media outlets are speculating that cornerback Asante Samuel could rejoin the New England Patriots as soon as today. Samuel refused to report to training camp after being named the Patriots' franchise player during the offseason. But the Patriots refused to negotiate the sort of lucrative longterm contract that...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2007; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

A. Samuel Reportedly Close to Rejoining Patriots

Cornerback Asante Samuel reportedly is close to rejoining the New England Patriots. According to several reports, Samuel likely will report to the Patriots within the next week. He refused to report to training camp after being named the team's franchise player during the offseason. Samuel was seeking a longterm...

 

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2007; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (1)

Brady Absent from Patriots for Birth of Son

Quarterback Tom Brady missed the New England Patriots' practice Wednesday to fly to Los Angeles for the birth of his first child. Brady's former girlfriend, actress Bridget Moynahan, gave birth to a boy. Moynahan and the baby were said by Moynahan's publicist to be doing fine. It's unclear when...

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2007; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

T. Warren Signs Extension With Patriots

The New England Patriots signed defensive end Ty Warren to a five-year contract extension that runs through the 2011 season. A league source confirmed a report that the deal is worth $36 million, including $17.5 million in guaranteed money....

 

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2007; 09:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Samuel a No-Show at Patriots' Camp

Cornerback Asante Samuel was absent from the New England Patriots' training camp as it got under way today. Samuel is unsigned after being named the team's franchise player in February. He is seeking a lucrative longterm deal instead of the one-year, $7.79 million contract that he would have if...

 

By Mark Maske | July 27, 2007; 06:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tragedy Strikes Again as M. Hill Becomes Third Active NFL Player to Die This Offseason

For the third time this offseason, an active NFL player has died. Authorities in New Orleans on Monday identified a body pulled from Lake Pontchartrain as that of New England Patriots defensive end Marquise Hill. There had been a search for Hill being conducted since he and a female...

 

By Mark Maske | May 29, 2007; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not the Same Old Patriots, But the Team to Beat

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup New England Patriots Players Released: Corey Dillon, RB Don Davis, S (retired) Free Agents Lost: Tully Banta-Cain, LB Daniel Graham, TE Traded For: Wes Welker, WR Randy Moss, WR Free Agents Re-Signed: Heath Evans, FB Larry Izzo, LB Junior Seau, LB Free Agents Added: Adalius Thomas,...

 

By Mark Maske | May 23, 2007; 04:10 PM ET | Comments (2)

Patriots Re-Sign Seau

The New England Patriots re-signed free agent linebacker Junior Seau. Seau, 38, played for the Patriots last season on the heels of announcing his retirement. He had his season cut short by a broken arm suffered in November....

 

By Mark Maske | May 21, 2007; 04:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

Patriots' Moves Make Them Team to Beat

The New England Patriots will enter next season as the league's clear-cut Super Bowl favorite. The Patriots already had a good team, reaching the AFC title game last season even after leaving themselves shorthanded at wide receiver with the September trade of holdout Deion Branch to the Seattle Seahawks....

 

By Mark Maske | May 1, 2007; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Land R. Moss

The New England traded a fourth-round pick today to the Oakland Raiders for wide receiver Randy Moss. The Raiders had shopped Moss around the league for much of the offseason, and the Patriots and Green Bay Packers emerged as the leading bidders. It was thought that the Raiders were...

 

By Mark Maske | April 29, 2007; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Union Wins Case to Make Sauerbrun Free Agent

The NFL Players Association won a case before league special master Stephen Burbank to make punter Todd Sauerbrun a free agent. The former Pro Bowl selection likely will sign with the Denver Broncos. Sauerbrun had signed a contract with the Broncos, but the New England Patriots had exercised their...

 

By Mark Maske | April 18, 2007; 06:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots' Moves Could Make Them Team to Beat in AFC

The New England Patriots seem to have inched ahead of the Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers as the favorite in the AFC entering next season. The Patriots had a near-miss loss to the Colts in last season's AFC title game after upsetting the Chargers in San Diego in...

 

By Mark Maske | April 18, 2007; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (5)

T. James Agrees to Deal With Patriots

Free agent cornerback Tory James agreed to a one-year contract with the New England Patriots. James spent the past four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, totaling 21 interceptions in that time. He has 39 interceptions in 11 NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and Bengals. The addition...

 

By Mark Maske | April 17, 2007; 09:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bledsoe Retires

Quarterback Drew Bledsoe announced his retirement after 14 NFL seasons. Bledsoe, 35, lost the Dallas Cowboys' starting job to Tony Romo last season. The Cowboys released Bledsoe and signed Brad Johnson to replace him as Romo's backup. Bledsoe threw for 44,611 yards and 251 touchdowns for the New England...

 

By Mark Maske | April 12, 2007; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Keep Sauerbrun By Matching Broncos' Offer

The New England Patriots retained former Pro Bowl punter Todd Sauerbrun by matching the Denver Broncos' contract offer to him. Sauerbrun signed a one-year deal worth as much as $1.4 million with the Broncos last week. But when he signed with the Patriots last season, his contract gave them...

 

By Mark Maske | April 10, 2007; 09:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

A. Samuel, Patriots In Contract Staredown

Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs isn't the only player league-wide who's talking about his disenchantment over being named his team's franchise player. New England Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel is grumbling as well. Samuel expressed his displeasure last week during an interview with the NFL Network. He said he'd like...

 

By Mark Maske | April 9, 2007; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Darryl Stingley Dies

Former New England Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley died in Chicago today, nearly 29 years after he was paralyzed during a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. According to authorities, the 55-year-old Stingley was found unconscious in his home early this morning and later was pronounced dead at Northwestern...

 

By Mark Maske | April 5, 2007; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Patriots Can Match Broncos' Deal for Sauerbrun

Former Pro Bowl punter Todd Sauerbrun agreed to a one-year contract with the Denver Broncos worth up to $1.4 million. The New England Patriots have the right to retain Sauerbrun by matching the offer. That provision was negotiated into Sauerbrun's contract when he signed with the Patriots late last...

 

By Mark Maske | April 4, 2007; 08:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

League Officially Puts Off Game In China

The league, as expected, canceled its preseason game in China in August between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. League officials said they wanted to focus on the regular season game in October in London between the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins. An exhibition game in Beijing...

 

By Mark Maske | April 2, 2007; 10:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

Preseason Game in China to be Postponed

The NFL is postponing its plans to play a preseason game in China. The league is expected to announce within the next few days that it won't play its game in Beijing as scheduled in August, a source familiar with the deliberations said this morning. The decision first was...

 

By Mark Maske | April 2, 2007; 08:40 AM ET | Comments (2)

Patriots Stay at It, Add K. Washington

The New England Patriots continue their frenzied free agent activity. Today they reached a contract agreement with Kelley Washington, a wide receiver formerly with the Cincinnati Bengals. Washington had nine catches this past season and totaled 72 receptions in four seasons with the Bengals. He's the second free agent...

 

By Mark Maske | March 12, 2007; 03:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Stallworth Chooses Patriots

Wide receiver Donte Stallworth reached a contract agreement today with the New England Patriots, an NFL source said. The six-year deal could be worth as much as approximately $33 million, according to the source. Stallworth, a former first-round draft pick by the New Orleans Saints, spent this past season...

 

By Mark Maske | March 11, 2007; 07:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Decision Day for D. Stallworth?

Free agent wide receiver Donte Stallworth might be making his decision today. He's made visits in recent days to the Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. The Philadelphia Eagles, the team with which Stallworth spent this past season, apparently remain in the running and the San Francisco...

 

By Mark Maske | March 9, 2007; 09:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Four Teams Chasing D. Stallworth

It appears to be a four-team race for free agent wide receiver Donte Stallworth. He is scheduled to visit the Tennessee Titans today after meeting Tuesday with the New England Patriots. A visit to the Miami Dolphins is scheduled for Thursday and Stallworth and agent Drew Rosenhaus continue to...

 

By Mark Maske | March 7, 2007; 09:42 AM ET | Comments (1)

Graham Leaves Patriots for Broncos

Tight end Daniel Graham left the New England Patriots via free agency by agreeing to a five-year, $30 million deal with the Denver Broncos. The contract includes $15 million in guaranteed money. The former first-round draft choice had 120 catches in five seasons for the Patriots, including 21 this...

 

By Mark Maske | March 7, 2007; 08:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Trade for Dolphins' Welker

The New England Patriots traded undisclosed draft choices to the Miami Dolphins for wide receiver Wes Welker. The Patriots had been prepared to sign Welker, a restricted free agent, to an offer sheet and would have owed the Dolphins a second-round pick as compensation. Instead, the Patriots sweetened the...

 

By Mark Maske | March 5, 2007; 05:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Poison Pill Reprise?

Wide receiver Wes Welker, a restricted free agent from the Miami Dolphins, is scheduled to meet today with New England Patriots officials. It's thought the Patriots will sign Welker to a six-year, $38.5 million offer sheet. If so, the Dolphins will have a week to decide whether to match...

 

By Mark Maske | March 5, 2007; 08:50 AM ET | Comments (3)

Packers, Patriots Reportedly in Running for R. Moss

The Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots reportedly are among the teams interested in trading for Oakland Raiders wide receiver Randy Moss. The Raiders apparently are shopping Moss, who has 102 catches in two seasons in Oakland and is a fraction of the dominant player he once was...

 

By Mark Maske | March 5, 2007; 08:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

Patriots Busy

The New England Patriots weren't content just adding free agent linebacker Adalius Thomas. They also signed tight end Kyle Brady, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and former Miami Dolphins reserve tailback Sammy Morris....

 

By Mark Maske | March 3, 2007; 07:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clements to Niners, Steinbach to Browns, A. Thomas to Patriots

Three of the best players available in free agency picked teams tonight as cornerback Nate Clements agreed to a record-setting contract with the San Francisco 49ers, guard Eric Steinbach picked the Cleveland Browns and linebacker Adalius Thomas chose the New England Patriots. Clements agreed to what an NFL source...

 

By Mark Maske | March 3, 2007; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Cut Dillon

Tailback Corey Dillon was released by the New England Patriots. Dillon had asked to be cut. He has talked about possibly retiring but apparently will see what opportunities are available to him with other teams before deciding....

 

By Mark Maske | March 2, 2007; 04:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Dillon Tells Newspaper He's Retiring

New England Patriots tailback Corey Dillon told the Boston Globe he plans to retire. Dillon, 32, ran for 812 yards this past season and ranks 14th on the NFL's career rushing list with 11,241 rushing yards....

 

By Mark Maske | February 23, 2007; 07:29 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bears' Briggs, Patriots' Samuel Get Franchise Player Tags

Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs and New England Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel were given franchise player tags by their teams Friday. Briggs, if he remains the Bears' franchise player, would have a salary of $7.206 million next season. Samuel would have a $7.79 million salary if he remains the...

 

By Mark Maske | February 17, 2007; 12:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tomlinson, Belichick Co-Existing Peacefully at Pro Bowl

San Diego Chargers tailback LaDainian Tomlinson and New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick are said to be interacting peacefully this week at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Tomlinson criticized the on-field celebration by some Patriots players after they beat the Chargers in an AFC semifinal last month, saying that...

 

By Mark Maske | February 8, 2007; 01:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

This Time, Patriots Praised as Classy

INDIANAPOLIS--A week after Chargers tailback LaDainian Tomlinson accused the New England Patriots of celebrating their playoff triumph in San Diego in a classless manner, the Patriots accepted their defeat to the Indianapolis Colts here in Sunday's AFC title game with grace. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning said he was appreciative...

 

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2007; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (5)

Patriots Safety R. Harrison to Miss AFC Title Game

INDIANAPOLIS--The New England Patriots will be without safety Rodney Harrison in Sunday's AFC title game here against the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots listed Harrison's status as out in their official injury report. He had been listed as doubtful earlier in the week and had been on the practice field....

 

By Mark Maske | January 20, 2007; 07:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Harrison on Practice Field With Patriots

Safety Rodney Harrison was on the practice field with the New England Patriots today, although it was not clear how extensive his participation was because most of the practice was closed to media members. Harrison has missed the Patriots' previous two games during this postseason because of a knee...

 

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2007; 10:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots List R. Harrison As Doubtful

The New England Patriots listed safety Rodney Harrison as doubtful for Sunday's AFC title game at Indianapolis. Harrison missed the Patriots' first two playoff games because of an injury to his right knee suffered in the regular season finale. The Patriots listed him as out on their injury reports...

 

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2007; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tomlinson Ripped the Wrong Coach

LaDainian Tomlinson is a great player and, by all accounts, a classy guy. But the tailback's criticism of the New England Patriots' celebration of their triumph Sunday over Tomlinson's Chargers in San Diego in an AFC semifinal was off target. Tomlinson said the Patriots players, particularly cornerback Ellis Hobbs,...

 

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2007; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Acknowledge R. Harrison Won't Play This Weekend in San Diego

The New England Patriots officially ruled safety Rodney Harrison out of their AFC semifinal this weekend at San Diego. Harrison has a knee injury and there have been reports that he will be sidelined for the entire postseason....

 

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pioli Rebuffs Giants, Says He's Staying With Patriots

The New York Giants, as expected, made an attempt to hire New England Patriots front-office chief Scott Pioli to replace their retiring general manager, Ernie Accorsi. The Giants received permission from the Patriots to interview Pioli. But Pioli said in a written statement released by the Patriots today that...

 

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2007; 10:12 PM ET | Comments (2)

Patriots Officially Rule R. Harrison Out of Jets Game

The New England Patriots announced that safety Rodney Harrison will miss this weekend's first-round AFC playoff game against the New York Jets. Harrison suffered a sprained knee ligament last weekend that reportedly will keep him sidelined for two to four weeks....

 

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 03:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots to be Without R. Harrison in At Least Early Stages of Playoffs

The New England Patriots have suffered a significant loss for at least the early rounds of the playoffs: They'll be without safety Rodney Harrison because of an injury to his right knee suffered during Sunday's victory over the Tennessee Titans. Harrison reportedly suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament that...

 

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2007; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (4)

Patriots Sign Sauerbrun

The New England Patriots signed punter Todd Sauerbrun today. Sauerbrun was released by the Denver Broncos earlier this season after serving a four-game suspension by the NFL for testing positive for ephedra use. Previously, Sauerbrun was reported to be among the Carolina Panthers players who had steroid prescriptions filled...

 

By Mark Maske | December 22, 2006; 01:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Romo Gets Pro Bowl Nod in NFC, Brady Doesn't in AFC

A half-season of starts was enough for the Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo to become a Pro Bowl quarterback. The Pro Bowl selections have been announced and Romo made the NFC team, along with fellow quarterbacks Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Marc Bulger of the St. Louis...

 

By Mark Maske | December 19, 2006; 04:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Add TE With Watson Hurt

The New England Patriots signed veteran tight end O.J. Santiago. The Patriots could be without Benjamin Watson after the tight end suffered a knee injury last weekend. Watson is the team's leading receiver....

 

By Mark Maske | December 14, 2006; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Release Gabriel

The New England Patriots released wide receiver Doug Gabriel. The Patriots acquired Gabriel in a trade with the Oakland Raiders before the season. He had 25 catches for the Patriots, only one of which came in the past four games. The move left the Patriots with only four wideouts--Troy...

 

By Mark Maske | December 13, 2006; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (3)

Patriots Place Seau on IR List

The Patriots placed linebacker Junior Seau on the injured reserve list, ending his season. He appeared to break his right arm during Sunday's triumph over the Chicago Bears in Foxborough, Mass., although the Patriots did not specify the severity of the injury....

 

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2006; 09:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Get Few Style Points, But Do Get Badly Needed Win at Home

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick told his players all week that it was the time of the year for good teams to start to play well. Belichick told his players before they faced the Chicago Bears here Sunday that it was time for the Patriots to start...

 

By Mark Maske | November 26, 2006; 10:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Leaves Urlacher Grasping at Air

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The talk in the New England Patriots' locker room after their 17-13 triumph over the Chicago Bears was about quarterback Tom Brady somehow maneuvering his way around Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher on a fourth-quarter scramble to set up the game-winning touchdown. "I don't know how he made...

 

By Mark Maske | November 26, 2006; 09:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

Patriots Installing FieldTurf at Gillette Stadium

The New England Patriots are replacing the grass field at Gillette Stadium with synthetic FieldTurf. The new surface is to be in place for the Patriots' next home game on Nov. 26 against the Chicago Bears. Players complained about the condition of the field in recent weeks and the...

 

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2006; 08:20 PM ET | Comments (8)

Patriots Sign Testaverde

The New England Patriots signed 43-year-old quarterback Vinny Testaverde as a veteran backup to Tom Brady. Second-year pro Matt Cassel is the only other quarterback on the Patriots' roster. Testaverde started four games for the New York Jets last season. The Patriots become his sixth NFL team....

 

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2006; 08:09 PM ET | Comments (9)

R. Harrison Reportedly Has Broken Shoulder Blade

New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison suffered a broken shoulder blade during Sunday night's loss to the Indianapolis Colts, according to reports in several Boston-area media outlets. It's not clear how long Harrison will be sidelined. He suffered the injury on the Colts' first drive on a 44-yard completion...

 

By Mark Maske | November 8, 2006; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Manning Outshines Brady

FOXBOROUGH--The curse is broken. The New England Patriots once owned Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts here. Manning lost his first seven career games in Foxborough, and the Patriots twice ousted the Colts from the AFC playoffs in Gillette Stadium. But that's a fading memory now. The Colts won...

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2006; 01:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vinatieri Making Return

Sunday night's game in Foxborough, Mass., between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts not only is a matchup of the AFC's top two teams. It also is kicker Adam Vinatieri's return. Vinatieri, the two-time Super Bowl hero for the Patriots, left the club via free agency in the...

 

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2006; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Center Koppen Agrees to Extension

Center Dan Koppen agreed to a five-year contract extension with the New England Patriots. He would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency in the spring....

 

By Mark Maske | October 13, 2006; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Sign WR Gaffney, Cut DT Sullivan as Part of Roster Juggling

The New England Patriots signed free agent wide receiver Jabar Gaffney today and released defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan and cornerback Hank Poteat. Gaffney had 55 catches for the Houston Texans last season and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in the offseason as a free agent, but was released before...

 

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2006; 08:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Perhaps Looking for Veteran Backup QB

The New England Patriots seem intent upon adding a veteran quarterback behind Tom Brady. They worked out Vinny Testaverde this week after auditioning Tommy Maddox and Todd Bouman previously. After Doug Flutie's offseason retirement, the Patriots were left with youngster Matt Cassel backing up Brady....

 

By Mark Maske | September 28, 2006; 10:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Exhibition Game in China Set

The NFL has completed plans to have the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots face one another in an exhibition game next year in China as a precursor to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, a source said. The league planned to announce the scheduling of the game later today....

 

By Mark Maske | September 24, 2006; 01:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots, Raiders Look at Maddox

The New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders auditioned former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox in recent days. Maddox worked out for the Patriots on Tuesday and for the Raiders on Wednesday, but wasn't immediately signed by either team. The Raiders' quarterback situation is particularly dire, with Aaron Brooks sidelined...

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2006; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (2)

Brady Says Branch Situation Was Distraction to Him

Quarterback Tom Brady said he allowed the uncertainty about wide receiver Deion Branch's status to affect him leading up to a mediocre performance in last Sunday's closer-than-expected win over the Buffalo Bills to open the season. "Last week I spent a lot of energy thinking about it," Brady said...

 

By Mark Maske | September 13, 2006; 09:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Seahawks, Branch Completing New Contract

Wide receiver Deion Branch and his agent, Jason Chayut, are in Seattle today to complete a six-year, $39 million contract with the Seahawks. The deal includes about $13 million in bonus money. The Seahawks traded a first-round draft pick to the New England Patriots on Monday to obtain Branch....

 

By Mark Maske | September 12, 2006; 01:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Branch Trade Leaves Patriots Lacking at WR

The New England Patriots' trade of Deion Branch to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday leaves quarterback Tom Brady with a far-from-imposing group of wide receivers at his disposal--Troy Brown, Reche Caldwell, Doug Gabriel and Chad Jackson. Only Brown was with the team last season. Caldwell was signed as a...

 

By Mark Maske | September 12, 2006; 01:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Win Was 100th Regular Season Triumph for Belichick

The New England Patriots' narrow victory Sunday over the Buffalo Bills was Bill Belichick's 100th regular season win as an NFL head coach. He's the 31st coach in league history to reach that milestone. He's 64-33 with the Patriots after going 36-44 with the Cleveland Browns....

 

By Mark Maske | September 11, 2006; 04:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Branch Traded to Seahawks

The New England Patriots today traded wide receiver Deion Branch to the Seattle Seahawks for a first-round draft pick. Branch had been holding out and the NFL Players Association had filed a grievance and a special master case on his behalf, accusing the Patriots of acting improperly by failing...

 

By Mark Maske | September 11, 2006; 01:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hearing in Branch Case Postponed

Arbitrator John Feerick today postponed a hearing, scheduled for Saturday, on holdout wide receiver Deion Branch's grievance against the New England Patriots. Feerick denied a motion by the league that the case should be dismissed because Feerick did not have jurisdiction over it. But he pushed back the hearing,...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2006; 07:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bruschi Practices

Linebacker Tedy Bruschi participated in the New England Patriots' practice today. Bruschi resumed practicing just over a month after suffering a broken wrist in training camp, but it was not immediately clear whether he'll play this weekend. He was listed as questionable on the Patriots' official injury report....

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2006; 02:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Branch, Patriots Playing Waiting Game

People familiar with the plans of holdout wide receiver Deion Branch say he does not intend to join the New England Patriots in the foreseeable future. The NFL Players Association last week filed a grievance against the Patriots on Branch's behalf, maintaining that the team acted improperly by refusing...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2006; 02:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Conflicting Stories to be Told in Branch Arbitration

The Deion Branch arbitration case will hinge on whether an arbitrator believes the version of the story presented by Branch's agent, Jason Chayut, or that told by the New England Patriots. People familiar with the case say the Patriots will contend during the arbitration hearing that, when they granted...

 

By Mark Maske | September 5, 2006; 02:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Union Files Grievance and Special Master Case on Branch's Behalf

The NFL Players Association filed a grievance today on behalf of New England Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch, alleging that the Patriots acted improperly by refusing to trade Branch to the New York Jets. The grievance says that the Patriots agreed to trade Branch if they received an offer...

 

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2006; 05:04 PM ET | Comments (5)

Jets, Seahawks Reportedly In Running for Branch

Holdout wide receiver Deion Branch has received what he considers suitable contract offers from the Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets, the Boston Globe reported today. Branch's team, the New England Patriots, gave Branch until 4 p.m. today to pursue a possible trade and discuss contract terms with other...

 

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2006; 02:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Decision Day for Branch, Patriots?

The one-week window that the New England Patriots granted to wide receiver Deion Branch to explore trade possibilities expires at 4 p.m. today. Branch has been holding out because of dissatisfaction over his contract situation. He is entering the final season of his contract and is to have a...

 

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2006; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (29)

D. Branch Seems Likely to Stay Put

There doesn't appear to be much of a market for Deion Branch, the wide receiver who's holding out and has been granted permission by the New England Patriots to seek a trade until Friday. Interested teams seem convinced that the Patriots have little or no intention of actually dealing...

 

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2006; 08:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Seahawks, Patriots Reportedly Will Be Participants in Preseason Game in China

The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots reportedly will be the participants in the preseason game that the NFL plans to play in China next year. The Tacoma News Tribune reported today that league officials are discussing plans to have the Patriots spend a week in Seattle, perhaps even...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2006; 09:30 PM ET | Comments (2)

Patriots Grant Branch Permission to Seek Trade

The New England Patriots announced today that they'd given holdout wide receiver Deion Branch permission to seek a trade and negotiate with other teams until Sept. 1. Branch has one season remaining on a contract that pays him a salary of just more than $1 million this season. He...

 

By Mark Maske | August 25, 2006; 03:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gramatica Should Find Work

Don't be surprised if Martin Gramatica resurfaces soon with a team dissatisfied with its place-kicking situation. The former Pro Bowler for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was released by the New England Patriots on Wednesday, losing that club's kicking competition to rookie Stephen Gostkowski. But Gramatica performed well. His problem...

 

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2006; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vinatieri Should Be Canton-Bound

Just a thought in the aftermath of the New England Patriots choosing rookie Stephen Gostkowski as their kicker and the Hall of Fame seniors committee settling on its 2007 nominees... There's only one player in the Pro Football Hall of Fame solely for his kicking exploits--Jan Stenerud. But five...

 

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2006; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pats Release Gramatica

The New England Patriots released Martin Gramatica, the former Pro Bowl kicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who was attempting to revive his career. Unless the Patriots add a kicker before the season, their kicking job will go to rookie Stephen Gostkowski. The fourth-round draft pick out of Memphis...

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2006; 05:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Holdout Branch Hopeful of Resolution With Pats

Holdout wide receiver Deion Branch told a Boston television station that he expects to patch things up with the New England Patriots. "I'm pretty sure everything's going to work out," Branch said in an interview with WBZ-TV. "Yeah, everything's going to work out." Branch has one season remaining on...

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2006; 01:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pats Sign Seau

The New England Patriots, as expected, signed linebacker Junior Seau today. Seau's retirement lasted four days. He announced Monday in San Diego that he was retiring, but now joins a Patriots team needing help at linebacker because of a series of injuries....

 

By Mark Maske | August 18, 2006; 08:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Retirement? What Retirement? Seau Could Sign With Pats

Linebacker Junior Seau announced his retirement Monday in San Diego. But tonight he apparently is on the verge of signing with the New England Patriots. The San Diego Chargers, Seau's original NFL team who hosted his retirement announcement, issued a written statement saying that Seau informed team president Dean...

 

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2006; 10:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Says He Never Worked Out With Bonds's Trainer

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told reporters today that he never worked out with Barry Bonds's personal trainer, Greg Anderson. Anderson reportedly told prosecutors in the Bonds case that he had one brief telephone conversation with Brady regarding a potential workout but the two never met or spoke...

 

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2006; 09:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bonds's Trainer Reportedly Cites Single Conversation With Brady

The name of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has come up in the Barry Bonds investigation. Bonds's personal trainer, Greg Anderson, reportedly talked about a conversation that he had with the three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback in a June statement that federal prosecutors submitted to a court. The Associated...

 

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2006; 01:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Surgery For Bruschi

Linebacker Tedy Bruschi underwent surgery Wednesday on the broken wrist that he suffered earlier in the New England Patriots' training camp. Bruschi is the miss the entire preseason but he and the Patriots apparently are hopeful that he can be ready for the start of the regular season....

 

By Mark Maske | August 10, 2006; 10:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bruschi To Miss Preseason with Broken Wrist

The New England Patriots confirmed Tuesday night that linebacker Tedy Bruschi has a broken wrist and will miss all of the team's preseason games. But they left open the possibility of Bruschi being ready to play at the outset of the regular season....

 

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2006; 01:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pats' Harrison Practices

Safety Rodney Harrison participated in the New England Patriots' practice Monday. It was Harrison's first on-field activity since suffering the knee injury that ended his 2005 season. Harrison wore a brace on his left knee. Harrison, defensive end Richard Seymour, defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan, cornerback Randall Gay and center...

 

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2006; 08:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Branch's Holdout, Injuries on Defense Marring Pats' Camp

Wide receiver Deion Branch remains absent from the New England Patriots' training camp, holding out for a new contract that would pay him more than the $1.045 million he's scheduled to make this year in the final season of a five-year deal. The Patriots' bigger training-camp issues, though, have...

 

By Mark Maske | August 3, 2006; 10:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bruschi Reportedly Could Have Broken Wrist

New England Patriots middle linebacker Tedy Bruschi reportedly might have a broken wrist. The Boston Herald reported that Bruschi will be sidelined at least a week. He will wear a cast or a splint for a week, the Herald reported, then doctors will make a determination about the severity...

 

By Mark Maske | August 2, 2006; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Back For Pats

Quarterback Tom Brady rejoined the New England Patriots on the practice field today. He'd missed practices Sunday and Monday, without an explanation by the team....

 

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2006; 01:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Belichick Mum On Brady's Non-Participation

Quarterback Tom Brady missed the Patriots' practice Sunday and both of their practices Monday. Coach Bill Belichick, already in midseason secretive form, declined to reveal the reason for Brady's non-participation. Brady did participate in the Patriots' practices the first two days of training camp....

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2006; 08:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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