Kraft avoids Brady amicus brief question at charity luncheon

Kraft avoids Brady amicus brief question at charity luncheon

FOXBORO -- The Patriots took the unusual step of filing an amicus brief to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals last week, urging the court to grant Tom Brady and the NFLPA a rehearing for a case won by the NFL. Though the Patriots are one of 32 teams that make up the league, and thereby technically winners in the Second Circuit's initial decision, they're hoping to get Brady's case back in court. 

The team's motivations were spelled out clearly in their letter -- they would be better served by having their future Hall of Fame quarterback under center for the first quarter of the season -- but when asked to comment on the filing Thursday, Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft declined. 

Kraft had just handed out hardware at the annual Myra Kraft Community MVP Luncheon Awards Ceremony and wanted to keep his focus there. 

"I appreciate you asking that question, and I respect it, but today we're celebrating volunteerism," he said. "We always start this right before the start of the season. We're excited football's back, seeing these guys work out. I'm gonna try to keep all our discussions today on a high plane in the spirit of what this day is about."

Following the ceremony, Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski appeared at the Gillette Stadium Putnam Club to meet with award winners and take photos. When Kraft was asked if he felt "things would work out" in regard to Brady, he didn't want to delve into the details of what he hopes happens with the four-game suspension.

Instead, Kraft took a team-wide view. 

"Things working out, to me, means we make the playoffs," Kraft said, "then hopefully take the next step to do what we would all like to see happen here. When you go through the locker room you get a feel for what's going on. I think the people that've come in are pretty special. There's a great chemistry in the locker room. People have worked very hard with the offseason training proram and we're very excited to have football back. I can't wait for the season to start."

Former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead announces retirement

Former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead announces retirement

Former Patriots running back Danny Woodhead has announced his retirement after 10 years in the NFL.

The 33-year-old took to Instagram to make it official.

10 years! Wow, God had crazy plans for a small little kid from North Platte, NE! It’s been a wild ride and feel so blessed He allowed me to do what I loved for so long. But now it’s time to say goodbye to the game I love. First, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Without Him my career wouldn’t have been possible. He blessed me with the gifts and He paved the way. All I had to do was follow His plans for my life, and His plans were crazy awesome! Next, I want to thank my wife who has been by my side since freshman year of high school. She has been a rock through all the ups and downs. Sis, Willy, Mae Mae, and Hopie your daddy is going to be home a ton more and I can’t wait! Thanks to my Dad and Mom for always supporting me and showing me that God is first, then everything else will fall into place. Ben, Joel, and Anna thanks for preparing me for the NFL in our backyard games growing up. The dreaded in-laws Steve and Suzie for always being there for me. Chris Gittings (agent) you’re the best and thankful your my brother/uncle! Thank you Jets, Patriots, Chargers, and Ravens! Thanks to all my head coaches (Bob Zohner, Brad Smith, Bill O’Boyle, Eric Mangini, Rex Ryan, Bill Belichick, Mike McCoy, and John Harbaugh) who believed in me! To my rbs coaches (coach skiles, coach reiners, Jimmy Raye, A Lynn, Ivan, Ollie, Ridge, and Thomas) thanks for putting up with me. Thanks to all my teammates from high school till now. Without you guys I never would’ve become who I was as a player. To all my olinemen, you guys deserve the credit for anything that I received credit for. I thank you for helping make my career. To all the trainers, team docs, strength coaches, chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, body gurus thanks for making sure I was on the field. To all the people who made my life easier at the facility (ops, pr, equipment staff, cafe workers, custodians) thanks and your work doesn’t go unnoticed. And how could i forget all my fans?! You’re the best and have always felt the love and support! I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few but know that I’m thankful for everything everyone has done on my journey.

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Thursday, it was reported the Patriots reached out to Woodhead for a possible reunion. 

The last two seasons have been challenging for him, as he dealt with season-ending injuries in both 2016 with the Chargers and 2017 with the Ravens.

Woodhead finishes his career with 2,238 yards rushing, 2,698 yards receiving, 15 rushing touchdowns and 17 receiving touchdowns.


NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: C's win despite injuries, Pats make additions

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: C's win despite injuries, Pats make additions

1:20 - Despite throwing a depleted roster out there, the Celtics were able to get back in the win column vs. the Magic. Michael Holley and Tommy Heinsohn break down the win.

6:17 - Finally, the Patriots have done something! On Friday night it was reported that New England signed defensive end Adrian Clayborn as well as running back Jeremy Hill. Tom Curran, Alex Giaimo and Ben Volin discuss the impact these additions will have on the team.

11:05 - While the Celtics were able to pull out the win on Friday, the team did announce that Marcus Smart is expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing thumb surgery. A. Sherrod Blakely expresses his optimism on Smart’s return for the playoffs.