Blount (illness) not spotted at Patriots practice for the second straight day

Blount (illness) not spotted at Patriots practice for the second straight day

FOXBORO -- LeGarrette Blount was not spotted at Patriots practice for the second consecutive day as he continues to deal with an illness. The bug kept him off the field for Wednesday's on-the-field work altogether. 

Otherwise, the Patriots had every member of the active roster present and accounted for. Thursday's work out was their final practice before Saturday's Divisional Round matchup with the Texans.

Should Blount be at all limited, expect the Patriots turn to Dion Lewis as their primary back. Though he does not have the size Blount does, Belichick explained on Thursday that the team is able to run the same plays with both runners since Lewis is adept at taking hand-offs between the tackles and finding open space. 

Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.