Report: Collins (hip) not expected to play vs. Bengals


Report: Collins (hip) not expected to play vs. Bengals

The Patriots may be without their Pro Bowl linebacker when they take on the Bengals at Gillette Stadium.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Jamie Collins is not expected to play Sunday. Collins showed up on the Patriots injury report with a hip issue on Thursday and he was limited in both Thursday and Friday's practices. 

Collins has played in all five regular-season games for the Patriots thus far, recording two interceptions, a forced fumble and a sack. In his career, he has missed five games -- four of which came when he was suffering from an illness last season. 

The Patriots were without linebacker Dont'a Hightower for Weeks 2 and 3 after he injured his knee in New England's Week 1 win over Arizona. He was listed on the injury report and limited in practices before Weeks 4 and 5 but was removed from the injury report this week, indicating he's ready for a full workload. He played in just 29 snaps against the Browns last week. 

The Patriots placed linebacker Jonathan Freeny on injured reserve Saturday, leaving rookie sixth-round pick Elandon Roberts and veteran Shea McClellin as the players who could potentially see more time if Collins is out. The team could also turn to Rob Ninkovich and use him in more of a linebacker role, or it could deploy Barkevious Mingo, who has been used primarily as a special teamer this season (12 defensive snaps).

Against the Browns, Roberts made a team-high seven solo tackles and earned some praise from coach Bill Belichick, who noted that the 6-foot, 235-pound Roberts plays with very good physicality

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.