Branch, Gillislee among Patriots inactives

Branch, Gillislee among Patriots inactives

MINNEAPOLIS — The Patriots had an immaculate injury report headed into the Super Bowl, which meant that the Patriots has some decisions to make when it came to their inactive list on game day. 

All seven players who were made inactive were healthy scratches. Here’s the full list . . .

DT Alan Branch
LB David Harris
TE Jacob Hollister
OL Cole Croston
RB Mike Gillislee
WR Bernard Reedy
WR Kenny Britt

No real surprises here. Branch has been a healthy scratch the last few weeks, with Ricky Jean Francois taking on a larger role on the interior of the Patriots defensive line. With the Eagles expected to run the football early and often, the Patriots will rely on Jean Francois as well as Malcom Brown and Lawrence Guy to plug things up in the middle. 


Report: James Harrison could return to Patriots

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Report: James Harrison could return to Patriots

James Harrison was a larger than life figure during his time in Pittsburgh. 

It was as if God molded him to be a member of the Steelers: massive, physical, and an absolute bruiser.

But at the end of the day he is a football player. And athletes in this sport don't particuarly like time on the bench.

Mike Tomlin and the rest of the Steelers organization were reminded of this fact in a very harsh manner.

At the end of the December, Harrison made a late season move to sign with the Patriots. It left his former teammates in Pittsburgh frustrated, and his former fans confused.

But at the end of the day he just wanted to be on the football field again. And that's exactly where Belichick put him.

Harrison had the opportunity to appear in many more situations, and had several sacks at the end of the season.

Now there is a new report from Christopher Price of the Boston Sports Journal that he could re-sign with the Patriots in 2018.

A source close to Price and Harrison said "there's a reasonable chance" that he could be on the roster next year.

He will be playing this upcoming season at age 40, and has previously stated he'd like to play one or two more seasons.


King: It was football, not family that kept McDaniels with Patriots

King: It was football, not family that kept McDaniels with Patriots

There have been all kinds of theories of what ultimately kept Josh McDaniels from taking the Indianapolis Colts head coaching job.

NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran offered his here and here. Ex-Pats linebacker Willie McGinest said he was told it wasn't because McDaniels was promised to eventually succeed Bill Belichick. 

Now comes Sports Illustrated's Peter King, who told NBCSports Network's "PFT Live" that you can cross off the theory that McDaniels' reversal was about not wanting to move his family to Indianapolis. 

“This had nothing to do with his family,” King said. “It was about the Patriots giving him a better option than Indianapolis.”

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