Brady admits he's 'a little sore' after taking hard shot to leg

Brady admits he's 'a little sore' after taking hard shot to leg

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady took a hard shot to his right leg early in the third quarter, and he admitted after the game that he was still feeling the hit's effects.

"It's a little sore," he said. "But . . . a lot of guys are pretty sore."

The Patriots may feel fortunate that sore is all Brady felt.


Two minutes and 35 seconds into the third quarter, Brady dropped back to pass and looked to his right for tight end Rob Gronkowski as Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor beat Marcus Cannon and charged into the Patriots backfield. When Brady prepared to throw, Chancellor dove low, his helmet making contact just above Brady's right knee. Brady's right cleat was not planted firmly on the ground at the time of the hit, which may have helped him absorbed its impact.

The play was flagged for roughing the passer, and the Patriots picked up 15 yards, but Brady was visibly shaken up by the hit. He bent at the waist, doubled over, crouched down, and repeatedly flexed his leg as if to keep it loose. 

Brady remained in the game and led the Patriots on a 10-play drive that traveled 91 yards and finished with a LeGarrette Blount touchdown run. When Brady was next on the sidelines, he was spotted talking with head trainer Jim Whalen and applied what looked like a heating pad to the affected area. 

Brady was asked after the game if he was playing through pain and if his injury may have contributed to his fumbled snap on New England's final possession near the Seattle goal line. 

"No. It didn't have any impact," he said. "Lot of guys playing through pain out there."

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.