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Dont’a Hightower, Danny Amendola return to practice

21 Sep

The once-banged-up Patriots are getting healthy in a hurry. Wednesday’s practice saw some key players. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower (knee) and wideout Danny Amendola (concussion/knee) were limited in their return to practice. Tight end Rob Gronkowski (groin) did not practice, but was on the practice field during the session. Gronkowski left Sunday’s romp over the […]

Dont’a Hightower, Danny Amendola return to practice

21 Sep

The once-banged-up Patriots are getting healthy in a hurry. Wednesday’s practice saw some key players. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower (knee) and wideout Danny Amendola (concussion/knee) were limited in their return to practice. Tight end Rob Gronkowski (groin) did not practice, but was on the practice field during the session. Gronkowski left Sunday’s romp over the […]

Rob Ninkovich: Pats ‘stirring the pot’ with benchings

20 Sep

When the New England Patriots‘ defense took the field Sunday in New Orleans, Malcolm Butler started on the sideline. The benching came as a surprise to many, as corner Eric Rowe took over the first-team gig. Butler struggled in the preseason and again in Week 1, and coach Bill Belichick made it clear during a […]

Rob Ninkovich: Pats ‘stirring the pot’ with benchings

20 Sep

When the New England Patriots‘ defense took the field Sunday in New Orleans, Malcolm Butler started on the sideline. The benching came as a surprise to many, as corner Eric Rowe took over the first-team gig. Butler struggled in the preseason and again in Week 1, and coach Bill Belichick made it clear during a […]

Injuries: Pats’ Hightower (MCL) could return this week

20 Sep

Patriots fans can breathe a sigh of relief on the Dont’a Hightower front. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the linebacker’s MCL injury was diagnosed by two doctors, who independently labeled it a two-to-three-week setback. Rapoport was told that Hightower will return to action either this week or next after initially hurting the […]

Injuries: Pats’ Hightower (MCL) could return this week

19 Sep

Patriots fans can breathe a sigh of relief on the Dont’a Hightower front. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the linebacker’s MCL injury was diagnosed by two doctors, who independently labeled it a two-to-three-week setback. Rapoport was told that Hightower will return to action either this week or next after initially hurting the […]

Injuries: Pats’ Hightower (MCL) could return this week

19 Sep

Patriots fans can breathe a sigh of relief on the Dont’a Hightower front. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the linebacker’s MCL injury was diagnosed by two doctors, who independently labeled it a two-to-three-week setback. Rapoport was told that Hightower will return to action either this week or next after initially hurting the […]

Injuries: Dont’a Hightower (MCL) could return this week

18 Sep

Patriots fans can breath a sigh of relief on the Dont’a Hightower front. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the linebacker’s MCL injury was diagnosed by two doctors, who independently labeled it a two-to-three-week setback. Rapoport was told that Hightower will return to action either this week or next after initially hurting […]

Patriots’ Tom Brady bounces back with vintage game

18 Sep

The Patriots‘ problems didn’t last long. The team scored 30 points by halftime and cruised to a 36-20 victory in New Orleans over the Saints on Sunday. 1. Tom Brady‘s response to an uneven Week 1 was perhaps the best first quarter of his career. Brady had 177 yards, five perfect third-down tosses and a […]

Vaccaro: ‘We can’t let Brandin Cooks get a deep ball’

17 Sep

Brandin Cooks returns to New Orleans this week. The speedy wideout was shipped to New England this offseason for a first-round pick (which ended up being starting left tackle Ryan Ramczyk) after spending three seasons with the Saints. Ahead of the matchup against his former teammates, Cooks downplayed his return. “I’m here now,” Cooks […]