Patriots-Texans practice report: Blount sits out due to illness

Patriots-Texans practice report: Blount sits out due to illness

FOXBORO -- LeGarrette Blount is dealing with an illness that kept him off of the practice field Wednesday, according to the Patriots injury report. 

Blount -- who led the NFL and set a franchise record with 18 rushing touchdowns this season -- was the only player missing from Wednesday's on-the-field work.

Also notable, Danny Amendola as a full participant in practice. The veteran wideout has not played since suffering an ankle injury in a Week 13 win over the Rams, and he returned to practice last week. The extent of his participation in those practices was not known since the team was not required to release injury reports. 

Understanding that Amendola is a full-go in practice presents an interesting conundum for the Patriots, who may have five healthy-enough-to-play receivers on Saturday in a Divisional Round matchup with the Texans. They have not activated five receivers for a game this season. Rookie receiver Malcolm Mitchell was limited in practice with a knee injury and is the only player on the team whose workload was limited Wednesday.

Others on the Patriots injury report included Tom Brady (thigh), Cyrus Jones (knee) and Matthew Slater (foot), all of whom were full participants. 

Wednesday's practice participation/injury report for Saturday's Patriots-Texans game:


RB LeGarrette Blount (illness)

WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)

WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
QB Tom Brady (thigh)
RB Dion Lewis (illness)
CB Cyrus Jones (knee)
WR/SpT Matthew Slater (foot)


G Jeff Allen (ankle)
DE Jadeveon Clowney (elbow/wrist)
LB Brian Cushing (ankle)
S Quintin Demps (hamstring)
WR DeAndre Hopkins (knee)
CB Jonathan Joseph (calf)
LB Whitney Marcilus (knee)
LB John Simon (chest)

CB A.J. Bouye (groin)
T Chris Clark (ankle)
TE Ryan Griffin (quadricep)
S Andre Hal (foot)
LB Brian Peters (foot)
QB Tom Savage (concussion)

Ex-Patriots TE Martellus Bennett announces retirement

Ex-Patriots TE Martellus Bennett announces retirement

Martellus Bennett is moving on from the game of football.

The former Patriots tight end announced his retirement Friday night on Twitter, stating he is shifting his focus to his multimedia production company, The Imagination Agency.

Bennett, 31, had 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games during the 2016 season with New England. After rejoining the Patriots in 2017, Bennett battled hamstring and shoulder injuries but did play in two games, catching six passes for 53 yards.

Bennett also played with the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, and Packers over the course of his 10-year career.


Arrest made in burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house

Arrest made in burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house

An arrest has been made in the Super Bowl week burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house.

Foxboro police announced Friday they have arrested 31-year-old Anthony Almeida, who has been charged with breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and malicious destruction of property.

The police also said they are searching for two other suspects, 26-year-old Shayne Denn and 28-year-old Eric Tyrrell.

Items taken from Gronkowski's house in the burglary included an Apple Watch, Rolex, and rare coins from the 1800s. Fortunately, those items have been recovered and Gronk will be getting them back. Police are still searching for the guns that were stolen from the house.