Key Patriots players missing from lone practice of the bye week


Key Patriots players missing from lone practice of the bye week

FOXBORO -- The bye week is coming at a good time for the Patriots, it seems. They took the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium for their lone practice of the week on Wednesday, and they were without a handful key players dealing with injuries. 

Chris Hogan, who left Sunday's win over the Chargers with a shoulder issue, was not present. Marcus Cannon and Malcom Brown were also missing. Cannon left the Chargers game with an ankle issue, and Brown suffered an ankle injury against the Falcons in Week 7. 


Stephen Gostkowski was also missing from the start of the practice. That's not unusual, although when he's absent, usually he's joined elsewhere by punter Ryan Allen and snapper Joe Cardona. Both Allen and Cardona were present Wednesday. 

New backup quarterback Brian Hoyer was on the field, wearing No. 2, for his first practice with the Patriots since training camp in 2012. 

Eric Rowe, who aggravated a groin injury in Week 4 and has not practiced since, was back on the field. He has been doing light running as part of his rehabilitation lately so setting foot on the practice field is another step in the right direction for him. 

Stephon Gilmore, who did not play last weekend and was listed with a concussion and an ankle injury last week, was on the field and taking part in a tackling drill (form-tackling a tackling dummy) early in the practice. 

The session was a shorts-and-shells workout.

David Harris retires after 11 seasons with Jets, Patriots

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David Harris retires after 11 seasons with Jets, Patriots

David Harris's 11-year run in the NFL has come to an end. 

On Friday, the linebacker announced his retirement from the game of football after spending 10 seasons with the Jets and one with the Patriots. 

The Jets drafted Harris with the 47th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he racked up 5 sacks and 127 total tackles. His breakout rookie season was an clear indication of the solid player he would become over the course of his career. 

Although he neither won a Super Bowl, nor made it to a Pro Bowl, the linebacker served as a focal point on a Rex Ryan defense that appeared in two AFC Championships in 2010 and 2011. 

When he was released in 2017, the 34-year-old made a career choice to sign with the Patriots to compete for a Super Bowl.

He didn't go out a champion, but a trip to the Super Bowl was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for one of the most underrated linebackers of the past decade. 



What was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving?

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What was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving?

Admittedly, the audio is poor but the idea is no less intriguing.

Was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving at NBA All-Star Weekend that he's trying to go to the Patriots? Or to Boston? Or New England? 

It's 23 seconds into the video below: 

Isaiah Houde of USA TODAY's PatriotsWire interprets it as: "You went to the Celtics and I’m trying to go to New England."

Beckham has had a few Instagram posts about Brady recently, including an exchange of rap lyrics back in December. 


A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on

Unless there's a trade between the Patriots and Giants, Beckham, 25, the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, won't be free to join Kyrie in New England - or was it Boston? - until the four-year deal he signed in 2014 ends after this season. Oh, and as he enters that 2019 season, Tom Brady will be 42.