Wednesday's Patriots-Browns practice report: Blount listed as 'limited'


Wednesday's Patriots-Browns practice report: Blount listed as 'limited'

FOXBORO -- The Patriots had five players added to their injury report to kick off Week 5, including running back LeGarrette Blount, who helped carry the team's offense during Tom Brady's four-game suspension. 

Blount is dealing with a hip injury that made him a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. Not only is that significant because Blount was named the AFC's Offensive Player of the Month for September, but Blount dealt with a hip injury last year that ended his 2015 season. It should be noted that there are no indications as of yet that Blount's hip injury this year and and last year's are related, but his availability throughout the course of the week is worth watching. 

Linebacker Shea McClellin (concussion), defensive tackle Vincent Valentine (back) and running back Brandon Bolden (knee) all missed Wednesday's practice with injuries they suffered in Sunday's loss to the Bills. Rookie guard Joe Thuney was also a new addition to the injury report. He's dealing with a shoulder issue. 

Two players were removed from the Patriots injury report this week: guard Jonathan Cooper (who had been dealing with a foot issue) and corner Eric Rowe (ankle). Cooper suffered an injury during the first weekend of training camp and then proceeded to miss the remainder of camp as well as all four preseason games. Wednesday was his first full practice of the regular season as a member of the Patriots. 

Here is Wednesday's practice participation/injury report for the Browns and Patriots:


RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Shea McClellin (concussion)
DL Vincent Valentine (back)

RB LeGarratte Blount (hip)
QB Jacoby Brissett (right thumb)
OT Marcus Cannon (calf)
LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo (right shoulder)
TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring)
LB Dont'a Hightower (knee)
OL Joe Thuney (shoulder)


WR Corey Coleman (hand)
TE Seth DeValve (knee)
C Cameron Erving (chest/lung)
QN Josh McCown (left shoulder)
C Austin Reiter (knee)
TE Randall Teffer (ankle)
T Joe Thomas (not injury related)

S Ibraheim Campbell (hamstring)
CB Joe Haden (groin/thigh)
DE Carl Nassib (hand)
CB Tramon Williams (shoulder)

WR Andrew Hawkins (calf)

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.