Even though the regular season is almost over, the Patriots continue to feel out the available talent in the market. Four players were in Foxboro for tryouts Friday:
Defensive end Jason Vega, 25, a Brockton native and Northeastern grad who played the last two seasons for the Canadian Football League's Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Wide receiver Isaiah Williams, 25, who was released by the Cardinals on Nov. 15. Williams, who played college football at Maryland, also has played for the Ravens, Steelers and Seahawks.
Wide receiver Shawn Gore, 25, a Toronto native and a three-year veteran of the Canadian Football League. He was in Green Bay's training camp in 2010.
Linebacker Nic Harris, 26, who played collegiately at Oklahoma. He appeared in 15 games (two starts) for the Bills in 2009 and 15 more for the Panthers in 2010. He was released by Carolina prior to the 2011 season.
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski both sat out of the entirety of Wednesday's practice at Gillette Stadium.
Brady is dealing with an Achilles injury, per the injury report released by the Patriots. The Boston Herald has reported that Brady will play despite the issue. It's unclear when exactly Brady suffered the injury, but Brady was hit low by Raiders pass-rusher Khalil Mack in the fourth quarter on Sunday, and Mack was called for a roughing-the-passer penalty.
Gronkowski, like teammate David Andrews, is dealing with an illness. Patrick Chung, who left Sunday's game briefly, has an ankle issue.
Here's the full injury report for both the Patriots and Dolphins . . .
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
C David Andrews (illness)
QB Tom Brady (Achilles)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (ankle)
TE Rob Gronkowski (illness)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
TE Marellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)
DT Malcom Brown (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Stephone Anthony (quadriceps)
G Jermon Bushrod (foot)
QB Jay Cutler (concussion)
DE William Hayes (back)
T Laremy Tunsill (illness)
RB Senorise Perry (knee)
S Michael Thomas (knee)
Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wishing everybody a safe night before Thanksgiving. Be careful out there, people.
*The New York Times has a very sad story on former NHL enforcer Stephen Peat, as told to the Times through a series of emails and texts from Peat’s dad as he struggles with a number of seemingly concussion-related issues in his post-hockey life.
*There’s nothing better than some Benn on Benn brotherly crime as Jordie Benn lays a hit on Jamie Benn in the Stars vs. Habs game.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Marc Spector has the Edmonton Oilers hitting a new low after they quit in a loss to the St. Louis Blues.
*Duncan Keith said he wants to play until he’s 45 and defy the odds as one of the few that get a chance to play pro hockey for that long.
*Dylan Larkin is flourishing with the Detroit Red Wings as he’s adding more responsibility to his chores in Hockeytown.
*A Happy Thanksgiving to the Boychuks and all the other great people around the NHL, including Matt Beleskey with the Bruins, who take time out of their days to help make sure everybody has a good meal on Turkey Day.
*For something completely different: Excited for my kids that there is going to be more Trolls in their future starting with a Christmas special on Friday.