Patriots-Eagles practice report: Gronk still out, Brady limited


Patriots-Eagles practice report: Gronk still out, Brady limited

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was back on the practice field with his teammates on Thursday, and his two red gloves were back as well. 

After winning the AFC title game with a piece of tape helping to protect the stitches in his thumb, Brady opted for the look he showed off during last week's practices -- and last week's press conference -- keeping both hands covered. He was listed as a limited participant in a practice session on the fields behind Gillette Stadium. He expected to have the stitches removed this week, and was optimistic that his hand would be close to back to normal soon thereafter. 

Missing from the practice were Rob Gronkowski (concussion), Deatrich Wise (concussion) and Malcom Brown (foot).

There is optimism that Gronkowski will be cleared by the time the Patriots take on the Eagles in Super Bowl LII, but the NFL's concussion protocol is a multi-step process that he must navigate before he's given the thumbs-up from the team's designated physician as well as an independent neurological consultant. Indications are that Brown is also expected to be OK by the time Feb. 4 rolls around. 

Devin McCourty, who is dealing with a shoulder issue, was a limited participant in practice and a new addition to the injury report. 

Thursday's practice participation/injury report for Super Bowl 52:


DL Malcom Brown (foot)
TE Rob Gronkowski (concussion)
DL Deatrich Wise Jr. (concussion)

QB Tom Brady (right hand)
RB Mike Gillislee (knee)
S Devin McCourty (shoulder)
OT LaAdrian Waddle (knee)


RB Kenjon Barner (illness)

RB Jay Ajayi (ankle)

LB Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring)

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.