Patriots-Panthers inactives: Harris out; Hightower, Cannon, Rowe in


Patriots-Panthers inactives: Harris out; Hightower, Cannon, Rowe in

FOXBORO -- Dont'a Hightower, sidelined since Opening Night, is active for Sunday's Patriots-Panthers game, as is offensive lineman Marcus Cannon and defensive back Eric Rowe.

It should be interesting to see where Hightower aligns in the Patriots defense. Will he play on the edge as he did in Week 1? Or will he take his place in the middle of the field and serve as the unit's primary communicator? It could be argued that defensive communication is one of the team's foremost weaknesses through three weeks of the season, and placing Hightower back in that area of the field could help resolve some issues. 

Cornerback roles for the Patriots will be in focus on Sunday as well. In Week 2, when the Patriots took on a pair of tall receivers, Rowe was a starter and Malcolm Butler found himself demoted to the No. 3 role. Will the story be similar as the Patriots prepare to take on Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess? Or will Butler remain a starter after a strong Week 3 performance against the Texans? 

Patriots rookie tight end Jacob Hollister is also active Sunday. He was a late add to the injury report with a knee injury, but he tested it out under the watchful eyes of team medical personnel, as well as Bill Belichick, and was given the OK. Brandon King, another late add to the injury report on Friday, is inactive. 

One noteworthy inactive player for the Patriots is veteran linebacker David Harris. He has found himself down the depth chart for Patriots linebackers, behind Hightower, Kyle Van Noy and Elandon Roberts, and he doesn't play special teams. Add it all together, and if the linebacker unit remains healthy moving forward, his game-day status will probably continue to be tenuous. 

Here's the full Patriots' inactive list for today's game vs. Panthers:

T LaAdrian Waddle
WR Matt Slater
RB Rex Burkhead
OL Cole Croston
LB David Harris
LB Harvey Langi
S Brandon King

The Panthers' inactives:

WR Curtis Samuel
DE Daeshon Hall
CB Daryl Worley
C Ryan Kalil
OT John Theus
QB Brad Kaaya
DE Bryan Cox


David Harris retires after 11 seasons with Jets, Patriots

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David Harris retires after 11 seasons with Jets, Patriots

David Harris's 11-year run in the NFL has come to an end. 

On Friday, the linebacker announced his retirement from the game of football after spending 10 seasons with the Jets and one with the Patriots. 

The Jets drafted Harris with the 47th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he racked up 5 sacks and 127 total tackles. His breakout rookie season was an clear indication of the solid player he would become over the course of his career. 

Although he neither won a Super Bowl, nor made it to a Pro Bowl, the linebacker served as a focal point on a Rex Ryan defense that appeared in two AFC Championships in 2010 and 2011. 

When he was released in 2017, the 34-year-old made a career choice to sign with the Patriots to compete for a Super Bowl.

He didn't go out a champion, but a trip to the Super Bowl was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for one of the most underrated linebackers of the past decade. 



What was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving?

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What was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving?

Admittedly, the audio is poor but the idea is no less intriguing.

Was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving at NBA All-Star Weekend that he's trying to go to the Patriots? Or to Boston? Or New England? 

It's 23 seconds into the video below: 

Isaiah Houde of USA TODAY's PatriotsWire interprets it as: "You went to the Celtics and I’m trying to go to New England."

Beckham has had a few Instagram posts about Brady recently, including an exchange of rap lyrics back in December. 


A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on

Unless there's a trade between the Patriots and Giants, Beckham, 25, the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, won't be free to join Kyrie in New England - or was it Boston? - until the four-year deal he signed in 2014 ends after this season. Oh, and as he enters that 2019 season, Tom Brady will be 42.