Patriots-Broncos practice participation report: Hightower on 'limited' list


Patriots-Broncos practice participation report: Hightower on 'limited' list

FOXBORO -- The Patriots added linebacker Dont'a Hightower to their injury report on Thursday with a knee issue. 

The defensive co-captain was spotted riding a stationary bike at the start of Thursday's frigid practice on the fields behind Gillette Stadium. He was not on Wednesday's injury report following a walkthrough on Wednesday inside the Empower Field House. 

Hightower played all 70 snaps against the Ravens on Monday night after seeing 33 against the Rams in Week 13. In that game against Los Angeles, Hightower was tended to by trainers after being illegally chop-blocked by running back Todd Gurley. 

Hightower's role as communicator and traffic cop in the middle of the Patriots defense -- not to mention his ability to defend the run and pressure up the middle -- makes him among the most important defensive players on Bill Belichick's roster.

Hightower's availability going into this weekend's game against the Broncos certainly bears watching, but with the Patriots traveling to Denver on Friday, reporters may not get a look at the 6-foot-2, 260-pounder until pregame warmups Sunday afternoon.

Here's Thursday's full practice participation/injury report for the Patriots and Broncos:


WR Danny Amendola (ankle)

TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
CB Malcolm Butler (hip)
LB Dont'a Hughtower (knee)
DB Jordan Richards (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (hamstring)
DB Eric Rowe (hamstring)
WR/SpT Matthew Slater (foot)


ILB Todd Davis (rib cage)
LS Casey Kreiter (calf)
ILB Brandon Marshall (hamstring)
C Matt Paradis (hips)

TE A.J. Derby (groin)
WR Bennie Fowler (knee)
T Russell Okung (not injury related)
QB Trevor Siemian (foot)
CB Aqib Talib (back)
OLD DeMarcus Ware (thigh)

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.