Update: Brady listed as 'probable' for Sunday


Update: Brady listed as 'probable' for Sunday

FOXBORO -- It is the shiny thing to keep everyone occupied during the holiday week. Tom Brady's left shoulder. Since we have basically established that it's not separated but hurts enough to warrant an X-ray, the attention now turns to record-keeping. Brady, who was at the early portion of Friday's practice involved in stretching and sprints, did not practice on Wednesday. The reason given was "not injury related." On Thursday, he took part on a limited basis and the reason given for his limitations was "shoulder." Same on Friday, but he was still listed as 'probable' on the injury report.
Bill Belichick was peppered with questions at the outset of his Friday morning press conference by Albert Breer of the NFL Network. Asked what Brady was able to do at practice Wednesday, Belichick answered, "Play quarterback."Three successive questions about listings, etc., were batted away with a "we've covered that."Toward the end of the press conference, Belichick was asked if he felt confident Brady could play at a high level on Sunday. "Anybody we put out on the field, I have confidence in or we wouldn't put him out there," Belichick answered. "So if they're out there, we have confidence in him. If they're not out there, there is either another player ahead of him or we're not confident they can go out there and do it health-wise. It's as simple as that. We're not going to put anybody out there on the field that we don't have confidence in." The concern about Brady is warranted. He's really good. But the level of disrepair he's currently in is not commensurate with the attention his bruise is generating.Oh, and by the way, Logan Mankins -- as expected -- is out for Sunday, leaving a patchwork offensive line to again attempt to protect Brady.NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTSOUT: G Logan Mankins (knee), T Sebastian Vollmer (backfoot).QUESTIONABLE: CB Kyle Arrington (foot), WR Deion Branch (groin), S Patrick Chung (foot), C Dan Connolly (groin), WR Julian Edelman (back), LB Dane Fletcher (thumb), S James Ihedigbo (shoulder), T Matt Light (ankle), CB Devin McCourty (shoulder), LB Rob Ninkovich (hip), WR Matthew Slater (shoulder), LB Brandon Spikes (knee), RB Shane Vereen (hamstring), G Brian Waters (ankle), WR Wes Welker (knee), LB Tracy White (abdomen).PROBABLE: QB Tom Brady (left shoulder).BUFFALO BILLSOUT: LT Demetrius Bell (knee), TE Mike Caussin (knee), K Dave Rayner (groin), QBWR Brad Smith (hamstring), G Kraig Urbik (knee).PROBABLE: WR Ruvell Martin (hamstring), RB Johnny White (concussion).

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official


Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

NEW YORK - Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.

The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:

"You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. ... You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved."

Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland's active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills.

Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.

The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.

Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.


Patriots-Falcons injury report: Gilmore, Rowe out


Patriots-Falcons injury report: Gilmore, Rowe out

As expected, after not practicing all week, Patriots cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore (concussion) and Eric Rowe (groin) have been ruled out for Sunday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

The full Patriots and Falcons injury report: