Garoppolo out Thursday, but may be able to return in Week 4

Garoppolo out Thursday, but may be able to return in Week 4

FOXBORO -- The AC joint injury Jimmy Garoppolo suffered in the first half against the Dolphins is going to keep him out of Thursday's game with the Texans.

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But according to a source with knowledge of the injury, Garoppolo isn't necessarily lost for the balance of Tom Brady's four-game suspension. Depending on how inflamed the area is and Garoppolo's level of pain tolerance, he may be able to get back in the lineup. AC joint injuries, it was pointed out, can be injected with painkillers and managed if a player gets close enough to a tolerable level of pain.

Ben Roethlisberger last season had his AC joint blown out by Cincinnati's Vontaze Burfict. He came back the next week against Denver and was 24-for-37 for 339 yards.

Garoppolo, however, would be operating on a short turnaround time, which erases the chance of him being able to get full mobility. The Patriots play the Bills at Foxboro in two weeks and Garoppolo could have a shot at that. It's not a likelihood, and everything will depend on how it responds, but the source said he can't be ruled out yet in the hours after the injury.

It was reported by MassLive's Kevin Duffy that Garoppolo went to the hospital for evaluation. The source said that a hospital-evaluation and MRI would reveal damage to tendons, ligaments and the rotator cuff or any small fractures that may have been sustained.

Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.