As expected, the Patriots - who already lost linebacker Dont’a Hightower for the season this week - will be without defensive lineman Malcom Brown and cornerback Eric Rowe Sunday when they face the Los Angeles Chargers in Foxboro.
Brown injured his ankle last week against the Atlanta Falcons. Rowe (groin) hasn’t played since Week 4 against Carolina. Fellow cornerback Stephon Gilmore, recovering from a concussion and ankle injury that has kept him out since Week 6 against the Jets, practiced this week and is listed as questionable, but is expected to return.
The full Patriots-Chargers injury report:
Jerod Mayo joins Phil Perry and Tom E. Curran to discuss the Patriots-Eagles Superbowl matchup
(2:00) are Patriots fans becoming numb to their team going to the Super Bowl?
(8:00) Jerod Mayo joins Curran and Perry to discuss whether the excitement of going to the Super Bowl ever changes for players.
(11:00) Why was Blake Bortles and the Jaguars able to have success against the Patriots defense?
(20:00) Can the Eagles defense build off of what the Jaguars did to slow down the Patriots?
(24:00) Jerod Mayo on why the Patriots running backs were not as effective against the Jaguars.
(29:00) How much better are the Eagles than the Jaguars?
(30:00) How hard is it for opposing teams to keep their composure against the Patriots?
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This past spring, Gisele Bundchen tried to have Tom Brady's college friend, former kicker Jay Feely, convince the Patriots quarterback to retire, according to a Sports Illustrated story.
Here's that anecdote from Greg Bishop's profile of Brady in this week's SI:
Last spring Brady and his family vacationed with retired kicker Jay Feely, a close friend from their college days at Michigan. This being Brady, Feely prefers not to disclose the locale, but he does share that Brady’s wife, the supermodel Gisele Bündchen, spent time on that trip “trying to get me to convince [Tom] to stop playing.” And, Feely adds, “‘she was dead serious.’”
Feely says he looked at his friend and told him, “Play as long as you can.” Brady smiled back and winked.
Brady has been pretty adamant about wanting to play until he's 45. At about the same time as the story Feely told SI, Bundchen spoke about a concussion she said Brady suffered last season. And Brady tried to clarify that in training camp this past summer by basically saying it was nobody's business. Expect plenty more of the how-long-will-you-keep-playing questions next week at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis.