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Patriots' plane problems threw off Saturday schedule

Patriots' plane problems threw off Saturday schedule

MIAMI GARDENS, Florida – The Patriots had a little bit of adversity to overcome on their flight down to South Florida.

Because of equipment issues with their plane, the team wound up landing around 8:30 p.m., nearly three hours later than scheduled. That caused the team to alter its meetings at the hotel, according to a source, and means a quicker turnaround this morning.

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One way in which it could impact the team is fatigue and hydration. With temperatures today in the 70s, the Patriots are playing in warmth they haven’t dealt with in months. The time to get ready for that is the day and evening prior to exertion and – when New England travels – the training and nutritional staff is critical the night before the game in terms of getting players game ready in terms of massage, treatment and getting the body fed right.

The Patriots have occasionally come to Florida two days in advance of games rather than the day before to allow players to acclimate. How players hold up, whether cramping becomes an issue and second-half performance will all be things to watch for when the game kicks off.

These kinds of small challenges that inconvenience, test patience and have the potential to irritate are precisely the kind the Patriots have prided themselves on not being daunted by in Bill Belichick’s tenure. Control what you can control and all that. It will be a good test for Week 17 in addition to the one Miami poses.


 

Patriots-Jaguars practice participation/injury report: Brady sits out

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Patriots-Jaguars practice participation/injury report: Brady sits out

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady's hand injury is significant enough that he was held out of Thursday's practice, according to the Patriots.

Whether that means he was at risk of exacerbating the injury by playing, or whether he needed more time to receive treatment (or both) is not clear. Brady was present for the stretching portion of practice on Thursday, which reporters were permitted to watch, but the team must have held him out of action following that period.

Brady last missed a practice on Dec. 27 as the Patriots prepared for the regular-season finale against the Jets. He was scheduled to speak with reporters on Thursday afternoon following practice, but the Patriots announced that they had pushed back his media availability to Friday. 

The Patriots will hold their final practice of the week on Friday before taking on the Jaguars in the AFC title game Sunday. 

Thursday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Jaguars game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
QB Tom Brady (right hand)
OT LaAdrian Waddle (knee)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
DL Alan Branch (knee)
RB Rex Burkhead (knee)
RB Mike Gillislee (knee)

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
FS Tashaun Gipson (foot)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
SS Barry Church (shoulder)
RB Leonard Fournette (ankle)
DT Malik Jackson (ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION
QB Blake Bortles (right wrist)
OL Patrick Omameh (illness)
LB Paul Posluszny (abdomen)

Adam Butler to Jalen Ramsey: 'Be humble or be humbled'

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Adam Butler to Jalen Ramsey: 'Be humble or be humbled'

FOXBORO -- The Patriots are well aware of Jalen Ramsey's Super Bowl prediction, and they're not about to take the same approach to the AFC title game buildup. 

"If you're going to make a statement like that," Patriots rookie defensive tackle Adam Butler said on Wednesday, "you better be able to back it up . . . It's a bold statement to make. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. But like I said, be humble or be humbled. That's all I can really say about that."

As that quote made the rounds, Ramsey tweeted an emphatic "WHO!???" Didn't seem to be a coincidence.

What Ramsey said, though, is part of who the Jaguars are. They're young. They're confident. They're not afraid to talk. 

"I ain't got too much to say, but y'all make sure you bring that same energy out here next week and the week after," Ramsey said in Jacksonville following his team's plane ride back from Pittsburgh on Saturday. "We're going to the Super Bowl and we're going to win that [expletive]."

Outside of Butler, the comments have garnered little in the way of public commentary from Patriots players. 

"I mean, obviously, that's his game," Patriots cornerback Eric Rowe said of Ramsey. "He's a confident dude . . . Obviously, they're happy to go to the championship game, but, you know, that mindset of thinking ahead of yourself, I don't think it's a good idea . . ."

"We saw what happened to the Steelers. But on our end, obviously, we're not thinking ahead to the [Super Bowl] because we have to get past [the Jaguars]. So, we heard it, but we're not too focused on it because we have to focus on doing our job for the game."