Curran: Brady's problem was Jets, not foot


Curran: Brady's problem was Jets, not foot

By Tom E. Curran

On WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Show Wednesday morning, John Dennis, Gerry Callahan and Jon Meterparel did some verbal hand-wringing about whether it was appropriate to share information they were hearing about Tom Brady suffering "a foot injury either before the Jets game or during the Jets game."Consider said information shared.
Sources confirm Brady does have a condition that can be termed a fracture, but it predates the 2010 season. He will have surgery on the foot, a procedure which will likely take place Thursday.
Timing? Dubious. Relevance? Same. Brady's foot issue first popped up on the injury report November 11, days after a 34-14 loss to Cleveland. The Patriots beat the Steelers that weekend 39-26, a win that was the first in an eight-game winning streak. During that time, Brady threw 22 touchdowns and no interceptions.Throughout the stretch, the foot injury was mentioned on the injury report. Before the Patriots played the Bills in the second-to-last game of the regular season, my buddy Mary Paoletti told me in a "get this" tone that a friend of a friend knew a doctor who said Brady's foot was fractured. After that game, someone close to the action on the field said Brady seemed to be slow making his way back to the huddle at times and laboring on his foot. The point? His foot's been hurting him for a while. Fractured, broken, sprained, tender, sore; what's the difference? He's throwing 22 touchdown passes, no picks and not missing a snap; all I care about is how his foot affects his performance and availability. Clearly it was affecting neither. And when you watch Brady dance, slide, pivot and pirouette in the pocket as he did Sunday against the Jets, it's impossible to say with a straight face that his foot prevented him from being effective Sunday. The Jets did that. Brady's problem wasn't his foot. It was was about 75 inches north of that.
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Patriots cut ties with Cassius Marsh, sign Eric Lee to help front-seven


Patriots cut ties with Cassius Marsh, sign Eric Lee to help front-seven

Cassius Marsh was brought to New England to help a depleted defensive end group and play in the kicking game. The Patriots wanted him badly enough that they parted with two draft picks -- a fifth and a seventh -- to acquire him in a trade with the Seahawks just before the start of the season. 

Less than three months later, they've decided to part ways with the 6-foot-4, 245-pounder. 

Marsh played in nine games for the Patriots this season, providing the team with an edge defender and someone with special-teams experience. He blocked a kick in Week 7 against the Falcons that earned him an enthusiastic attaboy from coach Bill Belichick. 

Coming off the edge, Marsh recorded one sack and 13 hurries. Against the run, he was used more sparingly, and he was one of the Patriots on the scene for Marshawn Lynch's 25-yard run in the second quarter on Sunday. He played in just two snaps in Mexico City after missing the previous week's game in Denver due to a shoulder injury. 

Without Marsh the Patriots remain thin at defensive end. In order to help bolster that spot, the corresponding move the Patriots made to fill the open spot on their 53-man roster was to sign defensive lineman Eric Lee off of the Bills practice squad. 

Lee entered the league with the Texans last season as an undrafted rookie out of South Florida. Listed at 6-foot-3, 260 pounds, Lee has bounced on and off of the Bills practice squad this season since being released by the Texans before this season.

The Patriots got a good look at Lee during joint practices last summer with the Texans at The Greenbrier in West Virginia. In the preseason game with the Texans that week, Lee played 40 snaps and according to Pro Football Focus he had two quarterback hurries. The Patriots have a history of snagging players they've practiced against, and with Lee, that trend continues

Belichick takes some heat for 'earthquake' comment


Belichick takes some heat for 'earthquake' comment

Bill Belichick sounded less than enthused about traveling to Mexico to play a game. And his line about being "fortunate there was no volcano eruptions, earthquakes or anything else while we were down there," didn't exactly sit well with some folks south of the border.


“Personally, I wouldn’t be in any big rush to do it again,” Belichick said on his weekly appearance on WEEI's "Dale and Holley with Keefe" show Monday. “Players did a great job dealing with all the challenges that we had to deal with. I think we’re fortunate there was no volcano eruptions, earthquakes or anything else while we were down there. I mean you have two NFL franchises in an area that I don’t know how stable the geological plates that were below us [were], but nothing happened so that was good.”

Pancho Vera of ESPN Mexico took exception to Belichick's comment on Twitter, which, translated, called out the "ignorance of the genius of the NFL." More than 200 people were killed after a quake centered near Mexico City struck in September. 

Other Twitter users said, using Belichick's reasoning, they wondered if they'd be fortunate not to be killed or wounded in a mass shooting if they were to travel to the US:

Translated, the tweets read "I also have luck in Las Vegas I was not in a shooting" and "But you are right, I apply the same when I go to the U.S. and say I was fortunate I was not in some crazy shootout."