Julian Edelman - WRPosted 8/26/15 8:01pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (ankle) hasn't taken part in team drills since suffering an ankle injury Aug. 2, but he feels that he is close to returning. However, he wouldn't say that he'll be ready to play in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 16 days. 'Ask Bill (Belichick),' Edelman said. 'We're taking it day by day. I think I'm 10 seconds better than the last 10 seconds.'
Huddle Up: Edelman's injury is starting to raise concern with the opener a couple of weeks away. Edelman should still be considered likely to play against the Steelers. He's a strong WR2 in New England's offense.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 8/25/15 4:22pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (foot) was not at practice Tuesday, Aug. 25, as he continues to nurse a left foot injury.
Huddle Up: According to Boston sports radio station WEEI, LaFell is a candidate to begin the regular season on the PUP list due to a mysterious foot injury that has sidelined him since the start of training camp. LaFell reportedly is not wearing a boot or walking with any kind of noticeable limp, but all is still not right, in part leading to the signing of veteran Reggie Wayne on Tuesday.
Brian Tyms - WRPosted 8/25/15 11:29pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brian Tyms (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Aug. 25 after clearing waivers.
Huddle Up: Of all the banged-up and bruised Patriots' WRs, the fourth-year wideout was certainly among the worst, and he joins fellow receiver Brandon Gibson on IR, leaving Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce and Chris Harper to fight for the last spot(s) on the team's WR depth chart.
Brandon Gibson - WRPosted 8/24/15 10:54pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brandon Gibson (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 24.
Huddle Up: More tough luck for Gibson, whose 2013 season in Miami also was cut short by injury. Gibson is tied for the Patriots' team lead with 12 receptions this preseason, and his injury -- combined with the current health woes of several other N.E. wideouts -- led to the signing of veteran Reggie Wayne on Monday.
Brian Tyms - WRPosted 8/21/15 1:41pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brian Tyms could be out for the season after suffering a foot injury.
Huddle Up: Sounds like it good be a tough turn of events for Tyms, who is fighting to land a reserve WR spot on the team for a second straight season. He had five catches for 82 yards and a TD last season.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 8/19/15 5:27pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady still is not willing to accept any suspension as part of a settlement with the NFL, according to sources. Afterr hearing oral arguments Wednesday, Aug. 19, U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman has ordered Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to appear in court Aug. 31 if no settlement is reached before then in Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension.
Huddle Up: Despite the wishes of the free football world, this squabble appears headed to the final minute as the Pats open the season 11 days after the scheduled Aug. 31 court date.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 8/18/15 4:59pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is not practicing Tuesday, Aug. 18, and also will not practice Wednesday, Aug. 19, as he plans to attend a court hearing in New York as he tries to overturn his four-game suspension, according to multiple reports. Brady's attorneys filed documents last Friday, alleging a smear campaign against him and continue to say that they are being treated unfairly by commissioner Roger Goodell and the league.
Huddle Up: And the beat goes on ... and on and on. Let's just hope we have a resolution here semi-soon.
James White - RBPosted 8/18/15 7:45pm ET
New England Patriots RBs James White and Brandon Bolden are the top two candidates right now for the third-down running back position, according to ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. Travaris Cadet and Dion Lewis will also compete behind White and Bolden.
Huddle Up: Many were banking on Cadet to land the gig, but it looks like the two incumbents have the inside track for now. It's the Patriots, though, and it's still early in preseason so don't write anything in ink just yet.
Jerod Mayo - LBPosted 8/17/15 10:43pm ET
New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo has been making progress in his recovery from a knee injury and has been able to do more has training camp has gone on, according to head coach Bill Belichick.
Huddle Up: Mayo averaged a team-most 141.3 tackles per season from 2010-12 before being limited to six games in each of the past two campaigns because of injuries. It's the Patriots, but we should have a better read on his progress in a week or two.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 8/14/15 4:54pm ET
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo was 20-for-30 with 159 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in the first preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Aug. 13. He was sacked seven times.
Huddle Up: Yeah, Garoppolo struggled, but as the number of sacks indicates, the second-year QB didn't exactly get a lot of help from the team's young and short-handed offensive line. Let's see him in another game or two before we pass any judgments.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 8/13/15 9:59pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady started and played the first two series Thursday, Aug. 13, finishing 1-for-4 for 10 yards.
Huddle Up: Somewhat surprisingly, Brady got in some work, although backup Jimmy Garropolo needs most of it with a four-game suspension still looming for Brady.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 8/12/15 9:46am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's settlement talks went nowhere Tuesday, Aug. 11, according to sources. The admission of guilt remains a stumbling block.
Huddle Up: It boils down to a staring contest between Brady and Roger Goodell, with four games at stake. Plenty of drama yet to come.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 8/12/15 2:31pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (ankle) will not play in the first preseason game. Edelman has missed most of the team's drills since Aug. 2.
Huddle Up: The Pats don't exactly have an overabundance of offensive weapons so count on them to play it safe with their top WR.
Matt Flynn - QBPosted 8/10/15 10:08am ET
New England Patriots QB Matt Flynn was released Monday, Aug. 10.
Huddle Up: Flynn was an insurance policy in case Jimmy Garoppolo looked ill-prepared to lead the Patriots through Tom Brady's four-game suspension. The Pats are comfortable with Garoppolo, or confident the courts will erase the suspension, so they let Flynn walk.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 8/10/15 5:11pm ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount's (knee) MRI on his injured knee was negative and the image did not show any structural damage, according to a source. Blount ran hill sprints Monday, Aug. 10.
Huddle Up: It appears Blount survived a serious injury. It's unclear when he'll return to practice but considering Blount is already suspended for Week 1 anyway, it's doubtful he'll miss any game action.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 8/10/15 11:59pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (ankle) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 10. Edelman had missed the previous four practices with an ankle injury.
Huddle Up: It was good to see the PPR stud back on the field. Edelman has logged the third-most receptions (197) and the ninth-most targets (285) in the league over the last two seasons.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 8/8/15 10:36am ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (knee) has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, according to sources. Blount is expected to be ready for the beginning of the regular season, though. RBs Jonas Gray and Brandon Bolden stand to receive more carries with Blount sidelined.
Huddle Up: Blount is suspended for Week 1, so he has some extra time to recover. He should be ready when the Patriots play the Bills in Week 2. Jonas Gray will likely benefit the most from Blount's absence.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 8/6/15 6:11pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman is considered day-to-day because of an ankle injury.
Huddle Up: Edelman sat out again Thursday, Aug. 6 and hasn't been on the field since coming up gimpy in practice Sunday. Of course, we'll never truly the extent of the issue with the Patriots being the Patriots, but we'll definitely know things have improved when we see the slot ace back on the field.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 8/1/15 12:44pm ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (undisclosed) is participating in practice Saturday, Aug. 1.
Huddle Up: Blount was placed on the active/NFI list after failing his conditioning test. His presence at practice means Blount passed the test and everything is back to normal. Blount will see the majority of early down carries in the Patriots' backfield this season.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 8/1/15 8:07pm ET
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo took some first-team reps at training camp Saturday, Aug. 1. QB Tom Brady worked with the starters during every period of practice, but Garoppolo took a 'few snaps,' according to James Palmer of NFL Media.
Huddle Up: This should be expected with Brady's four-game suspension still up in the air. Garoppolo would start if Brady is out for those four games. He would be a sneaky low-end start and daily league play.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 7/30/15 10:04am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has filed a lawsuit against the NFL asking a Minnesota federal court for penalties against Brady to be vacated. The suit alleges that Brady's punishment was not fair and consistent. It also claims that the appeal hearing 'defied any concept of fundamental fairness' and that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was partial in his decision to uphold the suspension.
Huddle Up: And now the legal wrangling begins. If this is anything like previous NFL suits Brady will be allowed to play while the case draws out, so maybe he'll be on the field for the season opener against Pittsburgh.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 7/30/15 3:54pm ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount was placed on the Non-Football Injury list because he was not able to complete the conditioning test at the start of training camp. Players have to run 20 sprints of 50 yards in under eight seconds to pass the test, but Blount was only able to complete 12 reps.
Huddle Up: Blount has performed well as a Patriot, but the doghouse is the last place you want to be under Bill Belichick's watch. On that note, Blount might be able to use some advice from fellow RB Jonas Gray, who was benched for being late to practice the week after rushing for 201 yards and four TDs against the Colts late last season. Let's see how quickly Blount can get back in good graces.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 7/29/15 8:50am ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady could have had his suspended reduced based on a series of conditions. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL was willing to drop the suspension by 'at least 50 percent' if Brady admitted to having knowledge of what the team's staff was doing to footballs, he admitted to failing to cooperate with the Ted Wells investigation and he apologized.
Huddle Up: While the entire "Deflategate" investigation has been a debacle, Brady's camp should have known that the NFL views "not being forthcoming with information" as just as great an offense as the actual offense itself. So barring more legal wrangling we'll have Jimmy Garoppolo for four games, followed by a motivated Brady for the final three months of the fantasy season.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 7/29/15 7:12pm ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (undisclosed) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Wednesday, July 29.
Huddle Up: Blount participated in the Patriots' offseason workouts, so this is a new injury. Jonas Gray will see more reps with Blount sidelined.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 7/28/15 11:14am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is expected to have his four-game suspension upheld, a source told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith. Smith said on 'ESPN First Take' Tuesday, July 28, that a source told him 'within the last hour,' that unless something changed at the last minute, Brady's suspension would be upheld. Smith said an announcement is expected within the next 24 to 48 hours.
Huddle Up: Let the lawsuits begin! Brady's camp has threatened legal action if his suspension wasn't wiped out, so if this news holds true you can expect the legal wrangling to begin. Meanwhile, Jimmy Garoppolo awaits his month-long run as Patriots quarterback.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 7/28/15 4:25pm ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's four-game suspension has been upheld by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday, July 28.
Huddle Up: Wow: It was thought that the suspension might be cut in half or even eliminated entirely, but reportedly, the league is armed with some new evidence -- including Brady allegedly destroying his old cell phone -- and it sounds confident it can even prevail in court with Brady and the NFLPA expected to take the battle to a judge. In any case, hopefully, it won't even take a sixth of the time it took to rule on DeflateGate and rule on Brady's appeal.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 7/28/15 5:04pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has given permission to the NFL Players Association to appeal his case in federal court, according to a source. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Brady's four-game suspension for his involvement in deflating footballs in last year's postseason.
Huddle Up: As expected, but even if Brady were to win a district court, the league could then file its own appeal. Bottom line: We're staring at a legal mess here, but until further notice, count on Jimmy Garoppolo starting the first four games of the season. Don't let Brady slide too far, though, in your drafts as he figures to be playing with a vengeance when he does return.
Scott Chandler - TEPosted 7/27/15 1:33pm ET
New England Patriots TE Scott Chandler was one of the stars of the offseason workout program by dominating in the red zone alongside TE Rob Gronkowski.
Huddle Up: Chandler stands 6-7 and has scored 17 touchdowns in his five NFL seasons. He'll give Tom Brady another dangerous weapon in the red zone. However, his fantasy value is limited with the presence of Gronkowski. Chandler could make an impact in deeper TD-heavy leagues.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 7/27/15 2:24pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension still has not been announced, and the NFL is now open to talking with the NFL Players Association about a possible settlement in the case, according to sources. Brady is not expected to accept any suspension in a settlement with the NFL but is willing to accept a fine.
Huddle Up: It's hard to imagine the NFL wiping away any suspension but hopefully for fantasy owners and everyone involved this gets settled soon. Regardless of where you stand on this issue, it's gone on for way too long. With the regular season just over a month away, it's time to reach a final decision and move on.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 7/27/15 5:55pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (foot) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 27.
Huddle Up: LaFell was wearing a protective boot during OTAs, so this is an injury worth monitoring. However, it's not expected to keep LaFell out of any game action yet. LaFell currently has an ADP of Round 9.
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