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Patriots donate 200 tickets to military members for tonight's game

Patriots donate 200 tickets to military members for tonight's game

Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona is also an officer in the Navy. He was instrumental in having the team donate 200 tickets to military members for tonight's game against the Atlanta Falcons at Gillette Stadium.

As ESPN's Mike Reiss pointed out, Cardona and teammate Matthew Slater were behind the plan to provide the tickets. The military personnel will also be on the field before the game. 

"It's a number that far exceeded expectations," Cardona told Reiss. "It was a collaborative effort. I was talking to Matt Slater, we were thinking of ways to reach out, especially to our local military community, and show how much we value them. My point of view was, 'Let's give these men and women the experience of coming to a big game.' Let's get them a personal feel, them being our personal guests, guests of the team."

The 200 tickets were provided by Patriots players and coaches, who each receive two tickets to a home game and the opportunity to purchase others 

“My point of view was, 'Let's give these men and women the experience of coming to a big game,'“ Cardona said in Reiss' story. “Let's get them a personal feel, them being our personal guests, guests of the team.” 

Tom Brady injured? Malik Jackson isn't buying it

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Tom Brady injured? Malik Jackson isn't buying it

FOXBORO -- Malik Jackson is suspicious. 

While the news of Tom Brady's injured hand has dominated headlines and airwaves all over the country, Jackson said on Thursday that he's not sure he's buying it.

“I remember [Bills running back] LeSean McCoy said he had a high ankle sprain, [but he] came out there cutting and stuff,” the Jaguars' defensive tackle told PFT Live, referencing McCoy’s status before the Wild Card Game between Buffalo and Jacksonville.

The Jags still did a fine job of bottling up McCoy that afternoon, limiting him to 75 yards on 19 carries in a 10-3 win that sent them to the Divisional Round. 

Obviously the Jaguars will do their best to prepare for Brady's best. They won't want to be caught coming into Gillette Stadium, expecting Brady to be limited to hand-offs and left-handed shovel passes. That could explain Jackson's suspicion. 

It would come as no surprise, though, if Jacksonville tested Brady's ability to throw long early in the game. The Jaguars are an aggressive unit as it is, but if they are under-cutting routes or pressing at the line of scrimmage -- daring Brady to throw it over their heads -- the Patriots will have to do their best to show that they can threaten deep in order to keep them honest. 

Belichick on if Brady could be a game-time decision: 'Today is Friday'

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Belichick on if Brady could be a game-time decision: 'Today is Friday'

FOXBORO -- The answer made sense, but taken in a vacuum it was kind of funny. And it was indicative of the relatively abbreviated answers that littered Bill Belichick's Friday press conference, which was dominated by Tom Brady queries and questions about quarterback play in general.

Will Brady be a game-time decision for the AFC title game because of his right-hand injury, Belichick was asked? 

"Today," Belichick replied, "is Friday."

The inference is that he doesn't know the answer. Kickoff is more than 48 hours away, and a lot can happen before then. Plus, there's a practice in between, and Brady's performance during that practice -- if he performs at all -- could factor into determining his status. 

Thus, "Today is Friday." As in, "We have to wait and see."

Belichick was asked if there was any update on Brady's status for Sunday earlier in the presser, and the response was, "We gave out the injury report yesterday. We'll update it today."

Has Brady's injury, and the fact that he missed Thursday's practice altogether, impacted the team's preparation for Sunday? That, too, was side-stepped.

"We're going to continue to get ready for Jacksonville," Belichick said, "all the way through up until game time."

Most are expecting Brady to play against the Jaguars in the AFC Championship. The only question is how effective he'll be. Should backup Brian Hoyer be forced into action, however, Belichick relayed that Hoyer has done everything he's been asked. 

"Brian does a great job for us," Belichick said. "Works hard. Practices hard. Does a good job."

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