Wednesday's Patriots-Bengals practice report: Bennett, Mitchell limited


Wednesday's Patriots-Bengals practice report: Bennett, Mitchell limited

FOXBORO -- Shaq Mason's absence from Wednesday's practice was not injury related, the Patriots announced on their most recent injury report. There were, however, 14 others listed with various injuries. 

Three of the names on the injury report were new this week: tight end Martellus Bennett (ankle), tight end Greg Scruggs (knee) and receiver Malcolm Mitchell. (hamstring). Mitchell was spotted heading for the lower practice field, along with offensive lineman Tre' Jackson (on the physically unable to perform list), soon after Wednesday's practice began. 

Both linebacker Shea McClellin (concussion) and defensive tackle Vincent Valentine (back) returned to practice after missing all three sessions last week. Right tackle Marcus Cannon (calf) was also on the practice field. He was limited in last week's workouts and was then ruled inactive for Sunday's game in Cleveland. 

On Cincinnati's end, it's worth noting that receiver AJ Green did not participate in practice on Wednesday. Neither did tight end Tyler Eifert, who has yet to see any game action this season as he recovers from back and ankle issues.

Here's Wednesday's full practice participation report for the Patriots and Bengals:


RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder)
G Shaq Mason (not injury related)

WR Martellus Bennett (ankle)
RB LeGarrette Blount (hip)
OT Marcus Cannon (calf)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo (right shoulder)
TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring)
LB Dont'a Hightower (knee)
LB Shea McClellin (concussion)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring)
TE Greg Scruggs (knee)
OL Joe Thuney (shoulder)
DL Vincent Valentine (back)


G Clint Boling (shoulder)
LB Karlos Dansby (not injury related)
TE Tyler Eifert (back/ankle)
WR A.J. Green (calf)

HB Rex Burkhead (hamstring)
HB Jeremy Hill (chest)
S George Iloka (shoulder))
TE C.J. Uzomah (ankle)

WR James Wright (hamstring)

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.