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Wilfork's message for 2017 Patriots: 'Prove you're good'

Wilfork's message for 2017 Patriots: 'Prove you're good'

FOXBORO -- The humble pie assembly line is already cranking. 

With sky-high expectations heaped upon the 2017 Patriots before they've even taken the field for their first preseason game, there has been an overwhelming effort to shift the pendulum back in the opposite direction. Coaches, current players, former players. They're all in on it. 

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In the spring, Bill Belichick emphatically, rightfully, pointed out that this year's club had accomplished nothing. Matthew Slater said it was "disrespectful" for people to be talking about the Patriots potentially going undefeated, and Devin McCourty echoed his fellow captain's sentiments by saying that kind of discussion is "ludicrous."

On Tuesday, Willie McGinest spoke to the team and shared an ignore-the-noise kind of message. He knows what the talk has been this offseason after the defending champions appeared to improve their roster this offseason. 

Then, on Wednesday, at the end of Vince Wilfork's retirement ceremony, the former Patriots defensive tackle said this year's team has to prove its worth since it has done zero to this point in the summer.

"If I had to tell them anything it's just that . . . prove it," Wilfork said. "Prove you're good. Prove you are champions. Don't believe it. Just prove it. It's easy to believe in your heart and in your mind that you're good, you're great. You can believe that. But prove it. I want to see it. Everybody else wants to see it. So I don't talk about how good we're going to be. Prove it to me. That's what I would tell them . . . Prove that you want to be Super Bowl champions. Prove it. That's what I would give them."

As a member of two different teams that "proved it," Wilfork's words would probably carry some weight for any 2017 Patriots players who may have started to buy in to the media coverage they've received to this point. 

Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Cutler out for Dolphins

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Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Cutler out for Dolphins

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Dolphins game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

OUT
C David Andrews (illness)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)

DOUBTFUL
TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)

QUESTIONABLE
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
DT Malcom Brown (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)

OFF INJURY LIST
QB Tom Brady (Achilles)
TE Rob Gronkowski (illness)

MIAMI DOLPHINS

OUT
G Jermon Bushrod (foot)
DE William Hayes (back)
QB Jay Cutler (concussion)

QUESTIONABLE
T Laremy Tunsill (illness)
LB Stephone Anthony (quadriceps)
S Maurice Smith (illness)

OFF INJURY LIST
RB Senorise Perry (knee)
S Michael Thomas (knee)
DT Ndamukong Suh (not injury related)

Tom Brady: Achilles injury 'nothing to worry about'

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Tom Brady: Achilles injury 'nothing to worry about'

FOXBORO — Within 30 seconds of his Friday press conference beginning, Tom Brady was talking about biscuits. That should tell you how small a deal he considers the Achilles tendon issue that kept him out of Wednesday’s practice. 

Brady practiced for the second consecutive day Friday, after which he confirmed that he will be good to go Sunday against the Dolphins. 

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“I feel great. Ready to go, so I’ll be excited for Sunday and it feels good to get a little extra treatment,” Brady said. “I’m feeling great this time of year. It will be a fun week. Nothing to worry about.”

After that, Brady spoke about the aforementioned Thanksgiving biscuits of which he posted pictures on Instagram. He said they were good. Rob Gronkowski said he wanted some and that there would be “problems” if Brady didn’t bring any in for him. Everyone got a real kick out of it. 

It’s hard to imagine Brady’s status for Sunday actually being up in the air. He has gone 134 consecutive regular-season games without missing time due to injury. His only absence in that span came in the form of last season’s four-game suspension for Deflategate.