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Source: Connolly suffered a mild concussion

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Source: Connolly suffered a mild concussion

Dan Connolly, who left Sunday's win over the Titans with what was reported as a "head injury," suffered a concussion, but its effects were mild enough to hold out hope for a short absence, says a source. The Patriots right guard appeared to take a shot to the head when tight end Rob Gronkowski landed on Connolly during a second half touchdown plunge by Stevan Ridley. Connolly didn't return to the game after that and did undergo sideline testing during the game, according to Greg Bedard in The Boston Globe.Any player exhibiting signs of concussion is not allowed to re-enter a game or practice on the same day. The NFL does not have independent neurologists on its sidelines during games despite a swell of support for that measure. Late last season, independent trainers began being positioned in press boxes to monitor forhits or behaviors that looked ominous in terms of head injury. Connolly missed two games in 2010 with a concussion. When Connolly is completely asymptomatic, he would be allowed to return. It will likely take most of the week to determine whether Connolly will be available for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, but the early hope is that the concussion was not at all severe. Donald Thomas took over in Connolly's absence Sunday.

Belichick says there are more former Patriots throughout rest of NFL than other teams

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Belichick says there are more former Patriots throughout rest of NFL than other teams

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will see some familiar faces Sunday when they play the Dolphins and former New England interior lineman Ted Larsen. 

Then again, a suddenly interesting Bill Belichick noted Friday, the Patriots are used to seeing their players of seasons past end up elsewhere. In his estimation, the Patriots see their former players stay in the league moreso than most other organizations. 

“There’s 70-something guys in the league like that that have been here and are playing for somebody else, or whatever the number is,” Belichick said when asked about facing Larsen. “It’s a lot. Seventy to 90, somewhere in there, depending on how you want to count the practice-squad players and today’s waiver wire vs. yesterday’s waiver wire. There’s a lot of guys out there. It’s one of the highest numbers in the league.”

Asked to clarify, Belichick responded, “I think we have more [former] players that are playing on other teams than other teams [do], or one of them. I don’t know if we’re the highest. We’re one of the highest; I can tell you that. We’re up there pretty high, but it depends on how you want to count them: starters, roster players, IR, practice squad. You can run the list that you run and count them up how you want to count them up, but we’d be up there pretty high.”

Belichick loosely estimated that there might be an average of three former Pats per team in the NFL. Of course, the actual number varies from team to team, with the Colts’ roster essentially looking like a Patriots museum. 
 
Interestingly enough, the question of the total number was explored this offseason by Pats Pulpit, who determined in May that there were 91 former Patriots on other rosters.

Redskins' 20-10 victory adds to woes for Giants (2-9)

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Redskins' 20-10 victory adds to woes for Giants (2-9)

LANDOVER, Md. - Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes to compensate for a pick-6, and the Washington Redskins beat the New York Giants 20-10 on Thursday night on a drab field in a drab game between two injury-depleted teams that did not look ready for prime time. Click here to read more.