Report: Jabaal Sheard not on Patriots trip to San Francisco

Report: Jabaal Sheard not on Patriots trip to San Francisco

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Social media has been abuzz since Friday night about the possibility that Patriots defensive end Jabaal Sheard did not make the trip to California for Sunday's game against the 49ers, the Providence Journal reported.

The Patriots flew to Santa Clara Friday afternoon. Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal confirmed that Sheard stayed home in what was termed a team decision. 

A photo from the Celtics-Warriors game was posted to Sheard's Instagram account last night. 

Sheard was not on the injury report this week so if he did get left behind he is a healthy scratch.

Sheard - who is in his second year with the Patriots and will be a free agent at year's end - sat for all but the final play of the first quarter last week against Seattle. He played just 16 snaps, a drastic drop off for one of the team's more explosive front-seven players.

Sheard's playing time reduction last week and the possibility he's a healthy scratch in the wake of the team's trade of Jamie Collins during the bye week would be another indication that things are sour between the coaching staff and some of the defensive players.

Trading Chandler Jones and Collins and the reduced role for Sheard are to me indications that the looming free agent status for each player has been such a focal point it's undermined the 2016 performance.

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.