Pats-Bucs practice participation/injury report: Roberts, Rowe hurting


Pats-Bucs practice participation/injury report: Roberts, Rowe hurting

FOXBORO -- The Patriots did not practice on Monday, but if they had, they would have been without two defensive players.

Both Eric Rowe (groin) and Elandon Roberts (ankle) would not have been able to participate in a practice because of their injuries. Both players were spotted in the locker room on Monday, and both were moving relatively gingerly.

Rowe was injured on the first play of the second half while making a tackle. At the time, he was subbing in for Stephon Gilmore as one of the team's two corners in its base defense. Had Rowe not been injured, it would have been telling to see just how long the Patriots were willing to keep Gilmore on the sidelines.

Roberts was rolled up on by teammate Alan Branch and left the game in the third quarter after making five tackles. If he's unable to play on Thursday, that could open the door for veteran David Harris to be active against the Buccaneers. Harris was a healthy scratch on Sunday against the Panthers and has played only seven defensive snaps this season.

Here's Monday's full practice participation/injury report for the Patriots and Bucs:


LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)

RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
CB Stephon Gilmore (ankle)
LB Dont'a Hightower (knee)
S Brandon King (hamstring)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)


LB Kwon Alexander (hamstring)
LB Lavonte David (ankle)
S Keith Tandy (hip)
S T.J. Ward (hip)

Report: Patriots to sign Kenny Britt


Report: Patriots to sign Kenny Britt

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots will sign veteran receiver Kenny Britt. 

Britt, who was released by the Browns last week, has seen injuries and off-field issues interfere with a promising career since being chosen 30th overall by the Titans in 2009. He was suspended for four games in 2012, his final season with the Titans, before playing the next season with the Rams. This was his first season with the Browns, but he was released after making 18 catches over nine games. 

Why did Malcolm Butler retweet this graphic about Jay Cutler carving up the Patriots?


Why did Malcolm Butler retweet this graphic about Jay Cutler carving up the Patriots?

This makes me feel like Felger, so apologies.

Malcolm Butler might not love Bill Belichick the GM, and there’s a chance he’s made some light commentary on Belichick the coach. 

After Monday night’s Patriots loss to the Dolphins, a Pro Football Focus graphic was posted detailing how well Jay Cutler did when the Patriots blitzed him. It was retweeted from Butler’s account. 

Though Butler un-retweeted it by Tuesday morning, the retweet was an interesting act. Twenty blitzes (by how PFF measures blitzes) is a high number. Was Butler just pointing out that Cutler had a good game or suggesting that maybe the Pats shouldn’t have kept blitzing when Cutler was responding to them so well. Might be a shot at Belichick or Matt Patricia. Might be something else. Might have misread "Cutler" for "Butler" and thought he was retweeting a compliment. Reading into social media is a gas.