With a trip to the Super Bowl on the line, could the New England Patriots really be undone by a hand injury to their legendary quarterback? Tom Brady has been dealing with a stitched-up right hand that was cut during Wednesday practice, but the veteran is expected to start in the AFC Championship against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, Sunday. Brady's hand injury does not involve any ligament or bone damage, but the stitches could impact his throws, according to reports. But ESPN's Mike Reiss reported that teammates said Brady was seen throwing all over the field during practice Friday and after the Patriots had listed him as “limited” in the team’s Thursday participation report. All reports have indicated that Brady will play through the cut, though the extent of the injury remains unknown. Brady, who prefers not to wear a glove on his throwing hand, was seen wearing two red gloves this week and there's a … [Read more...] about Tom Brady Injury Update: Hand Problems To Limit New England Patriots QB vs. Jaguars?
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New England Patriots’ fans received a brief scare Wednesday when the team announced that Tom Brady would not be available to the media because he was meeting with the medical staff. The quarterback suffered a hand injury when one of his teammates accidentally ran into him during practice. Brady was limited in practice because of his jammed throwing hand, though there doesn’t appear to be much cause for concern. X-rays were negative, and he’s expected to play Sunday afternoon against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2018 AFC Championship Game. It’s unknown if Brady will practice Thursday afternoon. #Patriots QB Tom Brady’s right hand “should be OK,” per someone close to him. Another source said simply, “He will play” after his hand was on the injury report. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 18, 2018 Source close to Tom Brady: “Hand should be OK.” Could affect him slightly but belief is that he should be good … [Read more...] about Tom Brady Injury Update: New England Patriots Quarterback Will Play Against Jaguars
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- One of the key plays in the New England Patriots' 35-14 victory over the Tennessee Titans in Saturday night's AFC divisional-round playoff game was Titans safety Brynden Trawick's neutral-zone infraction penalty in the second quarter on a Patriots punt. But there was some confusion as to why the penalty was called on Trawick after it had originally been called a false start on punt-protection-team guard Geneo Grissom. Referee Ron Torbert explained how the officiating crew came to that conclusion in a pool report after the game. Click here to read more of this article at ESPN. … [Read more...] about New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick credits Geneo Grissom’s heads-up play to draw penalty on punt
For a team supposedly embroiled in controversy, the New England Patriots know how to hide it well. They started slowly, but the Patriots dominated the Tennessee Titans, 35-14, on Saturday night and advanced to their 12th AFC championship game under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady and their seventh straight appearance for the right to go to the Super Bowl. The Patriots will wait until Sunday to find out who they play in the title game at Gillette Stadium next week. It either will be a rematch with the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, whom they beat in a Week 15 thriller at Heinz Field, or the first meeting against the Jacksonville Jaguars that counts (they met in the preseason) since early in the 2015 regular season, a 51-17 New England rout. The Titans actually struck first in this game, driving 95 yards for a 7-0 edge — rookie Corey Davis’ first career touchdown — to quiet the crowd. Brady and the Patriots’ offense also got off to a slow start, punting twice … [Read more...] about New England Patriots answer questions about discord, dominate Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans (9-7) at New England Patriots (13-3)Time: 8:15 p.m. ET, Saturday.TV: CBS (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson and Jay Feely)Line: Patriots -14Pregame reading: Bell Tolls: Marcus Mariota draws Tom Brady at wrong time More: Titans complete comeback over collapsing Chiefs for wild-card win More: Divisional round matchups to watch: Can Le'Veon Bell pace Steelers? More: USA TODAY Sports' NFL divisional playoff picks More: Titans at Patriots AFC divisional playoff preview: Three things to know More: Healthy Rob Gronkowski gives Patriots ultimate playoff mismatch More: Patriots shrug off notion of rift with playoff game vs. Titans ahead More: Tom Brady deflects questions on Bill Belichick, Patriots discord More: Divisional-round X-factors: Under-the-radar players could swing NFL playoffs … [Read more...] about Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots: Kickoff time, TV info for Saturday’s AFC divisional game
Bill Belichick stated unequivocally earlier this week that he will be back to coach the New England Patriots in 2018, which means there is a better than 50-50 chance he will. That is no slap at all at Belichick, it’s just that the reality in the NFL is that what’s true today can change dramatically tomorrow. But according to all our sources at Pro Football Weekly, we can take the Pats’ boss at his word. The status of his offensive and defensive coordinators, however, is in a great deal more limbo. Perhaps the worst-kept secret in sports is that Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn’s first choice for the next head coach of the Lions is Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. According to our sources the only way that doesn’t happen is if Patricia chooses to stay with Belichick, which wouldn’t be at all surprising, or Quinn gets cold feet waiting on Patricia through a long playoff run should the Pats get to the Super Bowl while other staffs … [Read more...] about Bill Belichick will be back with New England Patriots, but will his coordinators?
Bill Belichick had one word Monday for those wondering if he will return as the coach of the New England Patriots after this season. “Absolutely,” he told reporters on a conference call ahead of the Patriots’ AFC divisional round playoff game against the Tennessee Titans on Saturday. The question came up following a weekend full of speculation on the topic. ESPN reported Friday of a rift between Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady and owner Robert Kraft, stating, among other things, that the coach “left the impression with some friends that the current dynamic was unsustainable.” The Patriots released a joint statement Friday from Belichick, Brady and Kraft calling such theories about their relationship to be “unsubstantiated, highly exaggerated or flat out inaccurate.” Belichick said Monday: "I haven't read the article. I've already commented at length about that situation. Nothing has happened since then. So I don't have anything to add to … [Read more...] about Does Bill Belichick want to coach the New England Patriots in 2018? ‘Absolutely,’ he says
Could the New England Patriots be on the verge of imploding? An ESPN story published early Friday detailed rifts between coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, Brady's alleged demand that backup Jimmy Garoppolo be traded (a wish owner Robert Kraft reportedly supported ... and maybe later regretted), apparent admissions from team insiders that the merits of the Deflategate case were legitimate and, perhaps most important, that the only NFL dynasty of the 21st century might be on the verge of splintering.Should that be the case, what could be more fun than speculating on where the fallout — meaning the team's main characters — might land? Could Belichick leave in a huff (maybe he'd return to the New York Giants, who have an opening)? Might one of his coordinators, Josh McDaniels or Matt Patricia, be promoted if their longtime mentor departs? And/or whither Brady, the greatest quarterback in league history, but a man who will turn 41 before next season?Let's … [Read more...] about Eight teams that might fit Tom Brady if he left the New England Patriots
In a year when two-thirds of the NFL playoff field is new, the AFC still features fixtures Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger, who have seven Super Bowl rings between them, and Alex Smith, who is coming off his best season of his 13-year career. The trio of graybeard QBs led their teams to division titles again this year, and for the second straight season they won’t have to worry about Von Miller wrecking their Super Bowl hopes. The Broncos missed the playoff party again along with the Texans, Raiders and Dolphins, who were here last year. The Bills are back for the first time in 17 seasons, the Jaguars for the first time in a decade and the Titans return for the first time since 2008. The AFC gets wild-card weekend started Saturday with the Titans visiting the Chiefs, who haven’t won a playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium in 14 years. On Sunday, the Bills visit the Jaguars. New England has its customary bye week — its seventh straight — and Pittsburgh earned its … [Read more...] about 2018 AFC Playoff Preview: Tom Brady, New England Patriots again top the field
NEW YORK (AP) - Tom Brady and the New England Patriots ended the regular season where they started it. Being chased by the rest of the NFL. The Patriots finished the regular season as the No. 1 team in the final AP Pro32 poll on Tuesday, receiving 11 of 12 first-place votes for 381 points in balloting by media members who regularly cover the NFL. The Patriots (13-3), tied for the best record in the NFL, will have home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. "Can we skip straight to the AFC championship game? I can't wait," said Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. "It could prove a better matchup than the Super Bowl." The Minnesota Vikings (13-3), who were tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, remained at No. 2 with 367 points. The Vikings, who received the remaining first-place vote, have the No. 2 seed in the NFC and have a chance to stay at home throughout the playoffs, including the Super Bowl which will be held at U.S. Bank Stadium on Feb. 4. "What a remarkable job … [Read more...] about New England Patriots end regular season at No. 1 in AP Pro32 poll