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Lawyer 'has doubt' Meriweather shot 2 men

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Lawyer 'has doubt' Meriweather shot 2 men

By TomE. Curran
CSNNE.com

A report on Deadspin.com that Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather allegedly pulled a gunand shot at a man involved in a dispute with one of his friends, grazing theintended target and striking another man in thehead, is getting murkier by the minute.

Attorney John Morgan, the on-the-record source of the Deadspin story, appeared on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show Thursday morning and said he has "a lot of doubt" that Meriweather was actually the shooter.

"That's what the two victims, who are his clients told me," Morgan told hosts Gerry Callahan and Dale Arnold. (Arnold was filling in for John Dennis.) "I don't assume that to be true at all. I assume nothing to be true until we get the investigation completed."

Also, the Boston Globe's Greg Bedard reported on Twitter that a source told him Meriweather "wasn't" the shooter.

The Sheriff's Office in Orange County Florida is reportedly investigating the incident. The report on Deadspin says a friend of Meriweather's was involved in an altercation with a woman at Blue Jeans Lounge in Apokpa, Florida. The woman's brother arrived at a party later and, when a fight broke out, Meriweather "allegedly pulled out his gun and fired at the brother, grazing the man's face and hitting the other victim in the head."Morgan told Deadspin the person struck in the head is "extremely lucky to be alive." If true, this wouldn't be Meriweather's first gun-related incident. While at the University of Miami, Meriweather returned fire at assailants who shot his then-teammate Willie Cooper in the buttocks. Meriweather had a permit for the gun and it was determined he acted in self-defense.
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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.”