Belichick indicates he's expecting Garoppolo at Tuesday's practice

Belichick indicates he's expecting Garoppolo at Tuesday's practice

FOXBORO -- It's unclear as to whether or not Jimmy Garoppolo will be in uniform on Thursday night, but Bill Belichick made it sound as though the third-year quarterback be at Tuesday's practice.

"Everybody's here," Belichick said when asked if he expected Garoppolo to practice. "Yeah."

Garoppolo was forced from Sunday's win over the Dolphins due to a shoulder injury he suffered after throwing three touchdown passes through the first 26 minutes of play. The Patriots did not practice on Monday, but they did release an injury report that estimated the participation level of injured players. Garoppolo was listed as "did not participate."

Belichick explained that the team would have a better idea of Garoppolo's availability for Thursday following Tuesday's workout, which is expected to be similar to a walkthrough.

"We'll go out and see how it is today," Belichick said, "then we'll file an injury report after practice based on how it goes today."

Asked if the Patriots planned to work out any quarterbacks before their game with the Texans, and if it was realistic to bring in a quarterback at this point in the week to have him ready for Thursday night, Belichick paused.

"Certainly been done before," he said.

The Patriots worked out eight players on Monday, none of whom were quarterbacks. Tuesday's practice is scheduled to begin around 2 p.m.

The following are some other notable quotes from Belichick's latest press conference . . .

On rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett: "Jacoby's done a good job for us. He's improved every day. He's a hard-working kid, he's in here early, stays late, studies the game . . . good physical talent. He's improved steadily since he's been here after the draft in May all the way through."

On if Julian Edelman could back up Brissett if the need arose: "I don't know. . . He hasn't played it in this league . . . He's thrown it in practice . . . I don't know."

On if he's been pleased with the production he's received from Garoppolo and Brissett thus far this season: "It doesn't really matter what's happened. What we're worried about is this week against Houston. That's really all that matters. Some other year, some other game, what difference does it make? Just getting ready for this game."

On if a quarterback could be a game-time decision given the amount of game-planning that is dependent on the player at that spot: "Yeah, sure. It would depend on the situation, depend on a lot of things. It's possible. Sure."

Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

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Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

Remember when Brandin Cooks rode Rob Gronkowski around like a horse to celebrate a Patriots touchdown back in November?

Well, Gronk doing Gronk things in Miami managed to find about the only person he could ride. 

Shaquille O'Neal, at 7-foot-1, gave 6-7 Gronk a ride on his shoulders as they celebrated the debut of "Shaq's Fun House" as part of the three-day Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

So, who won the dance-off?

Shaq vs @gronk dance battle you tell me who won

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Report: Patriots' Harmon detained in Costa Rica with pot

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Report: Patriots' Harmon detained in Costa Rica with pot

Patriots safety Duron Harmon has returned to the U.S. after he was reportedly temporarily detained when he tried to enter Costa Rica with 58 grams of marijuana.

The Costa Rica Star reports that Harmon, 27, was traveling from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and was temporarily detained Friday night in Costa Rica with the marijuana inside a can of Arizona ice tea, along with three pipes with cannabis oil, THC candy and four glass containers with compressed marijuana weighing a total of 4.3 grams.

"We are aware of the situation involving Duron Harmon Friday night in Costa Rica," the Patriots said in a statement. "He has since returned to the U.S. and we are seeking to gain more information. At this time, we have no further update."

Harmon, who has been with the Patriots his entire five-year NFL career, had four interceptions and 23 tackles last season.