Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 2/4/16 6:17pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) did not require surgery on his knee or back, according to reports.
Huddle Up: Gronk certainly put up healthy numbers in the AFC title game (8-144-1), and don't look now but he's played in 15 regular-season games in back-to-back seasons.
Scott Chandler - TEPosted 1/31/16 7:44pm ET
New England Patriots TE Scott Chandler could interest the New York Jets if he's cut as he put up good numbers with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and offensive coordinator Chan Gailey with the Buffalo Bills.
Huddle Up: The WR-heavy Jets could definitely use middle-of-the-field TE threat, and while Chandler could be an intriguing addition, don't forget about 2014 second-round Jace Amaro, who spent last season on injured reserve.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 1/28/16 9:53am ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (hip) will not need surgery on his season-ending hip injury, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Blount missed the end of the 2015 season and is no lock to return to the Patriots next year. He left New England once before and that didn't go so well for him, so keep tabs on his landing spot before banking on him to be a fantasy helper in 2016.
Steven Jackson - RBPosted 1/26/16 9:57am ET
New England Patriots RB James White played 57 of the 83 offensive snaps in the AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Jan. 24, and RB Brandon Bolden played 16. RB Steven Jackson rounded things out with 11 snaps. The team will also get RB Dion Lewis (knee) back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in 2016, while RB LeGarrette Blount is an impending free agent. The team might face an offseason similar to 2011 when the selected a pair of backs in the NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: There's always uncertainty in the New England backfield, and yet they've always found a way to be productive. Keep an eye on Lewis' recovery and which of the big backs are allowed to leave via free agency, as it wouldn't be at all surprising if the Patriots pulled a 2011 redux; that's the draft in which they selected both Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley, both of whom had brief successful fantasy runs in New England.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 1/26/16 9:57am ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Brandon LaFell was the fourth wide receiver on the Patriots' depth chart for the AFC Championship, only played on 33 of 38 snaps and was not targeted. This could spell a LaFell release, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.
Huddle Up: LaFell never materialized as a go-to guy in New England, so it would make sense for the Patriots to look elsewhere for downfield help for Tom Brady and the Patriots passing game.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 1/24/16 2:48pm ET
New England Patriots WRs Julian Edelman (foot) and Danny Amendola (knee) and TE Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) are all officially active for the AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Jan. 24. Inactive are WR Chris Harper, DE Geneo Grissom, DL Ish Kitchen, LB Jonathan Bostic, OT LaAdrian Waddle, CB Tavon Wilson and OG Tre Jackson.
Huddle Up: Unlike the Week 12 meeting, which Edelman and Amendola missed, Tom Brady will have all three at his disposal against the league's top-ranked pass defense.
James White - RBPosted 1/24/16 2:48pm ET
New England Patriots RB James White faces the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game, and no team allowed more catches or receiving touchdowns to running backs in the regular season than the Broncos.
Huddle Up: New England RBs combined for six catches, 85 yards and a TD in the Week 12 meeting with Brandon Bolden (4-84-1) doing most of the damage. The Pats have WRs Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola this time around, but expect the pass-heavy Patriots to use all options.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 1/24/16 10:54pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski finished with eight catches for a game-high 144 yards and a touchdown in a 20-18 loss to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 24.
Huddle Up: Gronk, as usual, played huge for the Patriots but waited until the very end to do so, hauling in a 40-yard pass on fourth down and 4-yard scoring reception on the Pats' final drive.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 1/22/16 1:46pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman has the most targets, catches and receiving yards in the playoffs since the start of the 2013 postseason.
Huddle Up: Edelman missed the regular-season loss in Denver, but did lead the Pats with 10 catches for 89 yards and a TD in the AFC title game two years ago against the Broncos.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 1/22/16 10:17pm ET
New England Patriots WRs Danny Amendola (knee) and Julian Edelman (foot) and TE Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) were limited in practice all week and are questionable to face the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 24.
Huddle Up: Yeah, it's the NFL's Final Four, and we think all three are going to show up ready to play Sunday afternoon.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 1/21/16 9:57am ET
New England Patriots WRs Danny Amendola (knee) and Julian Edelman (foot) and TE Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) were all limited in practice Wednesday, Jan. 20.
Huddle Up: You can bet all three will be limited in practice all week. And listed as "questionable" in the final injury report. And play on Sunday. It's the Patriot Way.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 1/19/16 12:42pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has 2,930 passing yards between the numbers in the middle of the field this year, which was the second most in the league. However, the Denver Broncos held Brady to his lowest completion percentage (48 percent) between the numbers in the last four seasons, including the playoffs, during their Week 12 meeting in Denver.
Huddle Up: It certainly must be noted, though, that Brady was without WRs Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola during the game, but any way you slice it, it will be an elite matchup with the Denver secondary Sunday.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 1/19/16 10:47pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski had 88 yards and a touchdown on six catches against the Denver Broncos in Week 12 before injuring his knee.
Huddle Up: In six all-time games, including one playoff matchup, against the Broncos, Gronk has caught 40-of-52 targets for 516 yards and six TDs. Look for him to see looks early and often Sunday.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 1/15/16 7:14pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 15, and is listed as questionable for the divisional round playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday, Jan. 16.
Huddle Up: A bit scary -- especially considering it's the unpredictable Patriots -- but if he's playing, you're no doubt rolling with Gronk's undeniable talent.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 1/14/16 11:38am ET
New England Patriots WRs Danny Amendola (knee) and Julian Edelman (foot) were both limited in practice Wednesday, Jan. 13.
Huddle Up: Expect both to be listed as questionable on the official injury report, but it would be a shock of both aren't on the field for the Patriots this weekend.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 1/14/16 5:50pm ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) did not receive an injection in his knee Thursday, Jan. 14 as previously reported, but he's been receiving treatment in preparation to play the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round Saturday, Jan. 16.
Huddle Up: It's the Pats, so no one outside the organization really knows for sure, but obviously something's not right with Gronk's knee as he's missed practice two of the last three days. Check to see if the All-Pro tight end is active Saturday, and even if he is, don't be surprised if his target load is limited as it was the last two weeks of the regular season (13 combined targets-six receptions-104 yards).
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 1/14/16 10:46pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) had a back injury added to the Patriots' injury report. Gronkowski did not practice Thursday, Jan. 14.
Huddle Up: Yikes: The closer we get to kickoff Saturday, the murkier it looks for Gronk. See if there's any better news Friday.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 1/12/16 9:18am ET
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee) is expected to be more involved in the offense than he was the last several weeks.
Huddle Up: The Patriots have been looking for someone--anyone-- to step up in their passing game, especially with Julian Edelman sidelined the past few weeks. Amendola briefly claimed that role before being slowed by a knee injury, but the Patriots will need all hands on deck for the postseason run.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 1/12/16 9:18am ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) said he will not be limited during the divisional round playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday, Jan. 16. Edelman was running and cutting during practice Monday, Jan. 11, and worked with QB Tom Brady during the bye week. Edelman should help the team's third-down offense because the team converted 50% of their opportunities when Edelman was on the field and only 33% when Edelman was sidelined.
Huddle Up: Edelman is a security blanket for Brady, as evidenced by the statistics noted above, and his return should help kickstart a Patriots offense that has been struggling with so many regulars out of the lineup.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 1/12/16 9:18am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) did not seem repressed by his ankle when dropping back in team drills Monday, Jan. 11.
Huddle Up: Regardless of whether or not Brady is fit as a fiddle or on his death bed he'll likely be listed as limited in practice this week and officially listed as questionable. And he'll play this weekend. It's the Patriots way.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 1/5/16 9:12am ET
Updating an earlier report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) had an MRI on his ankle, Monday, Jan. 4, which revealed a sprain but no breaks. He's expected to be fine for the playoffs.
Huddle Up: Expect Brady to be listed as a limited participant in practice leading up to the Patriots' first playoff game and be designated as "questionable" on the official injury report. It's the Patriots Way.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 1/4/16 8:47am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) admitted his right ankle was pretty sore following the Week 17 game, but he said he'll be OK.
Huddle Up: Brady was under duress throughout the Patriots' Week 17 loss to the Dolphins, but he'll have a week to heal as the Patriots earned a first-round bye and await their opponent to emerge from Wild Card Weekend.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 1/1/16 1:49pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) didn't travel with the team to their Week 17 game in Miami.
Huddle Up: Edelman has put in some limited practice work, but as expected will not return until the postseason.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 12/31/15 11:58am ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) was able to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, Dec. 30, but beat writer Tom E. Curran still believes Edelman is a longshot to play in Week 17 against the Miami Dolphins.
Huddle Up: The Patriots keep injury info tightly under wraps so good luck knowing Edelman's status for sure until just before kickoff. That said, don't bank on using him in your Week 17 fantasy lineup.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 12/25/15 9:31pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) was a limited participant in practice Friday, Dec. 25, and he is listed as doubtful for the Week 16 game against the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: It's still a week or two too early for Edelman, but keep an eye on the rest of the N.E. WR situation this week as fellow wideouts Danny Amendola and Brandon LaFell are questionable with their own injury issues.
Bill Belichick - HCPosted 12/22/15 2:19pm ET
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick hinted that they could rest players in Week 17 if they secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win over the New York Jets in Week 16. 'It's something we'll have to give some thought to and get as much information as possible because there are some guys that are in various states of physical health,' Belichick said.
Huddle Up: It wouldn't be the first time the Pats have rested key players late in the season, and it could be especially prudent this year with the rash of late-season injuries which have hit the team. Definitely something to keep an eye on if your league championship is being decided in Week 17.
Steven Jackson - RBPosted 12/21/15 12:41pm ET
Free-agent RB Steven Jackson (Falcons) will sign a one-year deal with the New England Patriots Monday, Dec. 21, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Jackson will help in the Patriots' power back role during the playoffs but he's unlikely to make a fantasy impact over the next two weeks. Those in fantasy title games this week won't have much use for Jackson.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 12/21/15 8:14pm ET
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee) is having tests on his knee Monday, Dec. 21, but the team believes he's dealing with a sprain that won't cause him to miss any time in the playoffs.
Huddle Up: Still, with the Pats close to wrapping up the No. 1 seed in the AFC and Amendola having battled knee and health issues during the season's second half, it would be no surprise if he's played his last snap this regular season.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 12/19/15 8:58pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) won't play Sunday, Dec. 20, in Week 15, according to a source.
Huddle Up: As expected, Edelman won't be active Sunday. He has a chance to play next week against the Jets but fantasy owners shouldn't depend on Edelman. If he plays, it will be an added bonus.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 12/18/15 3:41pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) missed practice with a personal issue Friday, Dec. 18, and it won't affect his status for Week 15 against the Tennessee Titans, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Sounds as if there will be no worries but check back in before kickoff Sunday to make certain.
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