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Amendola on current anthem plan: 'I think we're all going to stand for that'

Amendola on current anthem plan: 'I think we're all going to stand for that'

FOXBORO -- More than a dozen Patriots made a statement by kneeling for the national anthem during Sunday's win over the Texans, but it seems as though all players will stand for the anthem when the Panthers are in town this weekend. That's the plan for now, at least.

"From my understanding," Danny Amendola said on Wednesday, "I think we’re all going to stand for that. But it’s not Sunday yet."

A group of 16 Patriots players, including captains Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon, knelt for the anthem two days after president Donald Trump said that players who kneel for the anthem should be "fired." Trump also referred to any player that protests during the anthem as a "son of a bitch."

Asked how the Patriots will continue to handle the anthem moving forward, Brady pointed out that the last thing the Patriots want is to have a divided locker room.

"I don't think anybody wants that," Brady said. "We really are just focused on our jobs . . . That's what we're here for, and that's where the focus needs to be. I'm sure there will be conversations as we continue to move forward. We'll see how it goes."

Brady added that if players wanted to seek him out to discuss how to handle sensitive situations, he's willing and able to chat.

"I think the dialogue is always open, I think that's important for any team," Brady said. "Hard-and-fast rules maybe in this day and age it's a little tougher than it used to be. But I just think it's overall trust that everyone is here to do the same thing, and I think everyone has a great deal of respect for each other in the locker room.

"We show up, we try to work hard every day, and always put the team first. And also understand there's extenuating circumstances at times, and you have to respect people that you play with . . . I think we have a great locker room. I think we have some good leadership. I think we're still evolving. And, hopefully, it's early in the season, there's a lot of room to make improvement, certainly on the field, and that's what we're trying to do."

Dion Lewis reiterated the point that the focus of the team will be on football moving forward.

"Everybody has their own views on things, some guys just did what they felt was best, how they felt," he said. "But going forward, we’re just going to focus on football, focus on the Carolina Panthers . . . 

"There’s no division in this team. We’re a very close team. We put too much time and effort grinding all offseason and training camp together for there to be division. Nothing like that's going to divide the team. We’re a very close group. We’re a family."

Gronkowski advises Hayward to treat rehab like anything else -- dominate

Gronkowski advises Hayward to treat rehab like anything else -- dominate

FOXBORO -- Rob Gronkowski's never suffered a break like the one Gordon Hayward did on Tuesday night, but he has been through enough to know what lies ahead as the Celtics forward stares at a lengthy recovery period.

"I saw it. I mean, I wish him nothing but wellness," Gronkowski said on Wednesday. "Hopefully he heals ASAP. You never want to see that with a player in any sport. When my friend showed me that last night, you get that feeling in your body, like, your heart drops. I wish him well.

"I can't wait to see him back. I know he's going to bounce back. Being here in Boston, he's going to be a hard worker it feels like. I can't wait to see him back."

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Multiple back surgeries, a plate in his arm, a surgically-repaired ACL . . . Gronkowski has put in his share of rehabilitation work. Asked if he'd give Hayward any advice as he embarks on his road back to normalcy, Gronkowski's message was simple.

"Just go into rehab just like you go into anything else. Dominate it," Gronkowski said. "Come back when you feel ready. Come back when you're 100 percent . . . He wouldn't be where he is now if he wasn't a hard worker. I don't know the guy. Never met him. But it's not something you want to see as an athlete happen to anyone else."

Gronkowski acknowledged that in his experience, one of the biggest hurdles following an injury like that is the mental one. You quickly go from being a powerful athlete to a patient in need of help with even the smallest of tasks. 

"There is a big mental challenge, definitely, with that," Gronkowski explained. "It's not just not being able to be with your teammates and all that. It's outside of football, too. Because it takes away your whole life, going out like that . . . You can't do anything. You can't walk. You gotta have people do [things for you]. You get really frustrated. You just want the people around you to help you out and keep you in the best mindset throughout the whole process."

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Patriots-Falcons practice report: Gilmore, Rowe absent; Hogan added

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Patriots-Falcons practice report: Gilmore, Rowe absent; Hogan added

FOXBORO -- Chris Hogan only had one catch for 19 yards against the Jets. He very nearly had a second grab in the second quarter, but Tom Brady's throw was off the mark, and Hogan's ribs were exposed for rookie safety Marcus Maye to hammer. The pass fell incomplete and Hogan crumpled to the turf. 

He didn't leave the game, but Hogan did end up on Wednesday's injury report as a limited participant in practice due to a ribs injury. He was one of three players added to this week's injury report. Linebacker Elandon Roberts has an ankle injury and did not participate in Wednesday's workout. Guard Shaq Mason has a shoulder issue and was limited. 

Eric Rowe and Stephon Gilmore, neither of whom were spotted at the start of the session, did not participate.

Here's Wednesday's full practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Falcons game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle)
LB Harvey Langi (back)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
WR Chris Hogan (ribs)
G Shaq Mason (shoulder)

ATLANTA FALCONS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
K Matt Bryant (back)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
OLB Vic Beasley Jr. (hamstring)
LB Jermaine Grace (hamstring)
LB Deion Jones (quadricep)
DE Takk McKinley (shoulder)
LB Duke Riley (knee)
WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring)
DL Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee)