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Brady anxious to keep up with active teams

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Brady anxious to keep up with active teams

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO - The bye the Patriots are on was hard-earned.Still, quarterback Tom Brady actually sounds like he has some activity envy. "There's teams that are practicing today and that do have games this weekend," Brady pointed out Wednesday."The team that we play is gonna win a playoff game this weekend and they're gonna have made improvements and I hope that we make improvements too."After a season in which Brady threw 36 touchdowns and 4 picks and the offenseturned the ball overan NFL-record-low 10 times, how much is there to work on during this self-scouting week?
"There certainly is a lot to fix," he insisted. "I don't want to sit here and tell you all the things we're working on but there's plenty of things we need to figure out ways to do things better. Certain guys haven't been out there for a few weeks . . . Aaron Hernandez, Deion Branch . . . "The Patriots are working Wednesday and Thursday but figure to be off Friday through Sunday. Brady spent a moment genuflecting at the Altar of Woodhead on Wednesday. Asked a question about the loss of third-down back Kevin Faulk in Week 2, Brady said, "Any time you lose a dependable performer like Kevin who's played so well under pressure over the years, it hurts. There was nobody on the roster to fill that void. To get Woody the next week, who's really stepped in and done a great job, running, catching blitz pickup . . . He's a smart player who's really stepped in and filled that role well. We're very fortunate to have a guy like Woody step in. It's certainly a great credit to him comng from the Jets and a different offense and system and what we've asked him to do here. He's done a great job."Woodhead suffered a head injury Sunday against the Dolphins but is expected to be fine. Asked if he had a preference on who the Patriots play next week in the Divisional Round, Brady said, "I don't think we have a pool or anything of who we want to play. Whoever it is is going to be a damn good team and whoever it is we're going to have to play our best game of the year to beat them."

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Patriots-Falcons injury report: Gilmore, Rowe out

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Patriots-Falcons injury report: Gilmore, Rowe out

As expected, after not practicing all week, Patriots cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore (concussion) and Eric Rowe (groin) have been ruled out for Sunday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

The full Patriots and Falcons injury report:

Tom Brady: Injuries like his, Gordon Hayward's 'big reality check for all of us'

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Tom Brady: Injuries like his, Gordon Hayward's 'big reality check for all of us'

FOXBORO — You’d have to go back to 2008 to find the last “you’ve got to be kidding me” injury to open a Boston season before Gordon Hayward. 

That injury, of course, was the torn ACL suffered by Brady on a hit to the left leg from Bernard Pollard with 7:27 left in the first quarter of Week 1. Brady missed the rest of the season and the Pats went on to miss the playoffs despite going 11-5 under Matt Cassel. 

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Brady, who reached out to Aaron Rodgers last Sunday after the Packers quarterback was lost for the season, said he felt for Hayward after the Celtics’ key free agent acquisition suffered a fracture-dislocation of his left ankle 5:15 into the season opener against the Cavaliers Tuesday.

“It’s just a big reality check for all of us because we all think we’re invincible to some degree, and then you go and you have this really tough injury that just happens,” Brady said. “It is tough and everyone probably goes through something a little different or it hits them at different times, and I feel bad for [Hayward and Rodgers], but I’m sure they’ll both come back stronger and better than ever. 

“That’s what you have to do as an athlete. You’re always faced with adversities and you’ve got to overcome them. Mental toughness is a big part of that. I know both those players have a lot of that.”