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Injuries again shake up Pats o-line Sunday
The Patriots will be without center David Andrews on Sunday when they play the Raiders in Mexico City.
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New England Patriots safeties Devin McCourty, left, Patrick Chung and Duron Harmon, right.
Safety in numbers
Familiarity and versatility are the keys for Devin McCourty, Pat Chung and Duron Harmon, the Patriots safeties who have the ability to handle whatever the opponent - or their own coaches - throw at them.  
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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (left) and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
In threat to Goodell, Jones insults Kraft
How hard is Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones prepared to fight NFL commissioner Roger Goodell? Enough to reportedly insult Patriots owner Robert Kraft in the process.   
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'Getting better all the time'
Stephon Gilmore got off to a rocky start with the New England Patriots, but now he says things are improving . . . on and off the field.
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Why Burkhead's big night in Denver was no fluke
The Patriots took advantage of Denver's inability to cover backs out of the backfield. Can they do the same to Oakland?
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What's the Patriots' 'special' edge?
Special teams may be an under-appreciated phase of football, but the Patriots emphasis on it has given them yet another advantage. 
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Raiders may have perfect player to slow down Gronk
From NBC Sports Bay Area: UConn product Obi Melifonwu has the size and speed to keep up with Rob Gronkowski in Sunday's Patriots-Raiders matchup.
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Packers 'got a good laugh' out of Bennett
Clay Matthews can’t help but chuckle over the circumstances that led to former teammate Martellus Bennett lining up Sunday for the Patriots after apparently being too injured to play in Green Bay.
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Like Brady before him, Elliott surrenders
FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott [1] is ending his legal fight with five games remaining on a six-game suspension over alleged domestic violence. Elliott's agents said Wednesday...
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Mr. Versatility
In Pat Chung’s world, life is rarely the same from one play to the next.
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Belichick humbled by 'special' honor
Bill Belichick was 'honored' to be asked to speak to the Naval Academy team prior to its game against SMU last weekend.
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High and low approaches for Pats, Raiders
While the Patriots are preparing to play at altitude by training at altitude, the Raiders are simply practicing in the Bay Area and waiting as long as they can to get to Mexico City. 
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Million-dollar drop?
Even if Rob Gronkowski wasn't specifically thinking about his incentive-laden contract when he had a catch ruled incomplete in Denver, you can't blame him if it was somewhere in the back of his mind.
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Brandon Meriweather on what's it like to play with a concussion
Former NFL safety Brandon Meriweather tells Toucher & Rich what it is like to play through a concussion.
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Patriots receive a rare reward
Tom Brady earns the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week and Dion Lewis is named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, giving the Patriots two weekly award winners for the first time since 1998.
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Pats good at making foes look bad
The Patriots are the best team in the league this season when it comes to making opposing defenses look silly.
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A Denver nugget for the Pats
The Patriots play perhaps their best all-around game of the season, particularly in the second half, in romping to a 41-16 victory in a place they normally don't find very hospitable.
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They have overcome
Here's how the Patriots transformed themselves from a disappointment to the best team in the conference.
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Patriots and Celtics continue winning ways
The crew discusses the Patriots once again hitting their stride in November, and Chris Forsberg talks about the Celtics' 12-game winning streak​.
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Newton, Panthers hammer Dolphins, 45-21
Cam Newton threw for 254 yards and four touchdowns and the Carolina Panthers crushed the Miami Dolphins 45-21 on Monday night
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Belichick renews a long-standing call
Rob Gronkowski was denied a touchdown when video replays were inconclusive as to whether he caught a pass while tumbling to the ground.
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New England Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen celebrates his first TD.
There's one - finally
The Dwayne Allen catch drought ends at long last with a third-quarter TD grab against the Broncos in Week 10, boosting the confidence of the tight end who still has the backing of his teammates.  
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New England Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore covers Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas.
'That's how it's done'
Cornerback Stephon Gilmore returns for the Patriots and turns in a strong performance against the Broncos' Demaryius Thomas.  
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Esiason: Bennett's behavior 'reprehensible'
Booomer Esiason thinks Martellus Bennett's complaints about the Packers medical staff are 'flat-out [lies],' saying he wanted out because he wanted to go to 'a better team, a better situation.'
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Haters seethe as Pats begin pulling away
The Patriots' rout demonstrates their arrow is pointed decidedly up. And the rest of the NFL -- predictably agitated about that major development -- will start railing at minor ones.
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Well-rounded performance
The Patriots might've proved just how deep they are at running back by the caliber of player they were willing to bench against the Broncos. 
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Patriots came calling
Martellus Bennett made three catches on Sunday night, but after the game all the talk was about how he ended up back with the Patriots in the first place.
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Curran's Patriots-Broncos preview/review
What predictions did Tom E. Curran get right? What did he get wrong? Find out in the Patriots-Broncos preview/review
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Best and Worst: Patriots 41, Broncos 16
Tom E. Curran highlights the Best and Worst moments from Sunday night's game between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos
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A special night in Denver
A kick return for a touchdown. A recoverd fumbled punt that leads to a TD. A blocked punt that results in a FG. The Pats' special-teams play is great in a 41-16 romp.
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Shorthanded Texans lose 33-7 to Rams
Robert Woods catches two of Jared Goff's three touchdown passes during a dominant third quarter, and the surging Rams returned after a month away from home for their fourth straight victory, 33-7 over the de
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Bennett's active, but not Gillislee
Reports that Martellus Bennett will play for the Patriots tonight turned out to be true. Or at least it's true that he'll have the chance to play.
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Last-second FG lifts Steelers over Colts
Ben Roethlisberger's 32-yard completion to Antonio Brown with 35 seconds sets up a 33-yard field goal from Chris Boswell as time expires, giving Pittsburgh a 20-17 come-from-behind win at Indianapolis.
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Titans push winning streak to four, 24-20
Marcus Mariota tosses a 7-yard touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray with 36 seconds left as the Titans rally to beat the Bengals 24-20 for their fourth consecutive victory.
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Jags win third straight, 20-17 in overtime
Josh Lambo kicks a 30-yard field goal with 3:12 remaining in overtime, lifting the Jaguars to a 20-17 victory over the Chargers.
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Slumping Bills routed by Saints, 47-10
The Saints tear through Buffalo's defense for 298 yards rushing and 47 points in handing the Bills their second straight loss.
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Jets lose to Bucs, fall further off pace
Tampa Bay quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick beats the team he played for the last two years, dropping the Jets to 4-6.
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Road warriors
The Patriots can tie a franchise record for consecutive road victories with a win tonight. And that's not the only thing they can achieve by beating the Broncos in Denver.
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New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
Pats' defense has improved; has Gilmore?
The defense Stephon Gilmore returns to is much better than the one he left. Will he be able to step up and match it?
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Bennett may provide quick helping hand
Ian Rapoport reports there's a 'good chance' Martellus Bennett will play tonight for the Patriots. Here are five quick-hitting reasons why he'd help them if he does.
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Kraft to Jones: Take your penalty like I did
According to a report from The MMQB.com, Robert Kraft encouraged Jerry Jones to accept Ezekiel Elliott's suspension just as he accepted the Patriots' punishment for 'a BS incident' . . . i.e., Deflategate.
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Belichick can match Landry's win total
In Denver, Bill Belichick has an opportunity to match the win total of Hall of Fame coach Tom Landry.
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Brady, Miller have fun on social media
Before they face off once again on the field, Tom Brady and Von Miller are facing off on social media.
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Tom Brady of the New England Patriots at QB against the Denver Broncos.
House of horrors no more?
Very few good things have happened for the Patriots in Denver. With the Broncos reeling and the Pats coming off their bye, will that change Sunday night?
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Curran's Patriots-Broncos preview/review
What predictions did Tom E. Curran get right? What did he get wrong? Find out in the Patriots-Broncos preview/review
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Rodgers, Nelson respond to Bennett
Martellus Bennett blasted the Green Bay Packers and their team doctor on Instagram Friday. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson defended his team and doctor
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Brown, Cannon, Hogan ruled out Sunday
The Patriots will be missing three starters -- Malcom Brown, Marcus Cannon and Chris Hogan -- when they play the Broncos on Sunday in Denver.
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Bennett blasts Packers and team doctor
Martellus Bennett returned to the Patriots and was back on the practice field Friday then blasted the Green Bay Packers and their team doctor, Dr. Pat McKenzie, on Instagram.
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Bennett returns with many questions
Every Friday, our Patriots guys answer your questions in a joint mailbag. Here’s this week’s installment . . . dominated, as you might expect, by the return of Martellus Bennett.
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Denver Broncos' Von Miller (left) and New England Patriots OT LaAdrian Waddle.
The speed-rusher vs. Waddle
LaAdrian Waddle will go from playing one snap a year ago to protecting Tom Brady from Von Miller and the Broncos on Sunday night.
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Bennett reportedly has torn rotator cuff
Martellus Bennett has shoulder issues he's been dealing with, but, even so, the Patriots players are happy to see him return.
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Seahawks win; Sherman tears Achilles
Seattle climbs within a half-game of the first-place Ramswith a 22-16 victory over the Cardinals in a game marred by a host of injuries, including a season-ending one to Richard Sherman.
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BST PODCAST: What impact can Bennett have?
The Boston Sports Tonight crew discusses what impact Martellus Bennett can have on the New England Patriots. 
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QUICK SLANTS PODCAST: Brandt reacts to Belichick's praise
Gil Brandt reacts to Bill Belichick’s comments that he should be in the Hall of Fame on the latest "Quick Slants the Podcast" with Tom Curran.
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Jean Francois in 'Dunkin Donut heaven'
If you like Dunkin Donuts . . . and you like football . . . what better place is there to be?
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Pringles, bacon and Boston accents: Quotable Bennett back in New England
In Martellus Bennett, the Patriots have one of the more quotable players they've had in recent memory back in the fold. 
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Pats cut Grissom to make room for Bennett
Expecting Dwayne Allen to be the guy to go in order to make room for Martellus Bennett? Think again.
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Cowboys RB Elliott's suspension back on
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's on-again, off-again six-game suspension is back on. He will not play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. A three-judge panel from the U.S.
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Martellus Bennett returning to Patriots
It took a while to play out, but the Patriots ended up getting everything they wanted at the tight end position after Martellus Bennett is claimed on waivers.
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Why this reunion makes so much sense
Why Martellus Bennett 2.0? The Patriots had a need and it just so happened the player who filled it last season became available to do the same in 2017.
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Brock Oswelier, Denver Broncos QB. Know Thine Enemy by Tom E. Curran.
Rocky Mountain low
Once among the AFC's elite, the Broncos have nosedived to four losses in a row and hope a visit from their old friends from New England can revive them.
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Hernandez had 'severe' brain damage
Dr. Ann McKee of the CTE Center at Boston University says Aaron Hernandez suffered severe damage to parts of the brain that play an important role in memory, impulse control and behavior.
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Opposing QB goes from bad to worst
By the numbers, the Patriots have yet to face a QB as bad as Brock Osweiler. But they've faced their share of poor ones, and the results should make you feel good about Sunday's game.
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Guy has earned Belichick's respect
Lawrence Guy doesn't have quite the same frame as Alan Branch or Malcom Brown, but the Patriots clearly don't mind using him in the same spots where those players typically hunker down.
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Who was that big guy at Patriots practice?
The Patriots had a guest at Wednesday's practice who looked like more of a basketball type than a football one. In this case, looks were not deceiving. 
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Brady reaches an unlikely milestone
There are a number of milestones Tom Brady has surpassed over the course of his 16-plus years as a starter, one as impressive as the next. This isn't one of them.
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Hey, what's in a name?
Von Miller thinks Peyton Manning, not Tom Brady, is the greatest quarterback of all time. But he still keeps calling Brady 'the GOAT.'
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Edelman: I never took 'no' for an answer
He was told 'no' all his life and he used it for motivation . . . and now he's meeting people who've named their children after him. Julian Edelman discusses his career and his life.
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Jones threatens to sue NFL over Goodell
Dallas owner Jerry Jones, still angered by the six-game suspension handed to Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, has threatened to sue the NFL over a proposed contract extension for commissioner Roger Good
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Should Pats make run at Bennett?
After Martellus Bennett was released by the Green Bay Packers, speculation immediately turned to whether or not the Patriots might be interested
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New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers.
Flowers' sacks are down, but impact isn't
The Patriots need Trey Flowers now more than ever with injuries on defense. While the sack numbers have slowed, he's still been a steady presence.
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Pats down three starters to start practice
The Patriots were missing Chris Hogan, Marcus Cannon and Malcom Brown at the start of Wednesday's workout.
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New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers.
Belichick: Flowers steps up with end spot hurting
With the defensive end position hurting, Trey Flowers is playing in a slightly different role than the one he excelled in last season. 
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PODCAST: The 'Relentless' Julian Edelman
Julian Edelman and Tom E. Curran discuss their new book Relentless, their experience in writing it, and their favorite stories.
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How hard is it to play in Denver?
How hard is it to play in Denver? Jerod Mayo explains to Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry as they look ahead to Sunday Night Football between the Patriots and Broncos.
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Dorsett still waiting for production to arrive
The 2015 first-rounder has a high ceiling, but his skill hasn't translated to production yet.
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In Denver, everything old is new again
Brock Osweiler isn’t supposed to be the Denver Broncos quarterback, and he definitely wasn't supposed to be starting in this past weekend’s 51-23 beatdown
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Report: Pats finally place Hightower on IR
The move officially ends the linebacker's season with just five games played.
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Report: Patriots sign DT, McClellin done?
Journeyman defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois reportedly signs with the Patriots. He played six games for the Packers this season.
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Hogan, Brown absent from Pats practice
The Patriots returned to the practice field Tuesday coming off their bye week, but familiar faces were absent. 
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Trending upward
After a somewhat shaky start the Patriots (6-2) have righted themselves and are coming off their bye in a familiar position - atop the AFC East and poised for a strong second half finish.
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In Belichick's eyes, Dorsett's a catch
By the results, the Patriots probably aren’t enamored with Phillip Dorsett. By Bill Belichick’s words, they are.   
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Rodgers-less Packers no match for Lions
Matthew Stafford passes for 361 yards and two touchdowns to Marvin Jones, and the Lions snap a three-game losing streak with a 30-17 win over the offensively challenged Green Bay Packers.
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When Pats called, Hoyer gladly answered
For Brian Hoyer, it was a "no-brainer" to return to the place where his pro career began.
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Gilmore: 'I feel good. We'll go from there'
If you were looking for answers from Stephon Gilmore about his late scratch prior to the game at MetLife versus the Jets with a concussion, the sixth-year pro wasn’t about to go into too much detail.
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Why Dorsett needs to be ready Sunday
The Patriots could be down to three receivers in Sunday's matchup with the Broncos.
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Belichick casts yet another informal Hall of Fame vote, this time for Brandt
The Patriots head coach has been relatively vocal about how he believes belongs in the Hall of Fame over the last month. 
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Belichick goes with what he knows in bringing back Brian Hoyer
Bill Belichick's reasoning for wanting Brian Hoyer as his team's backup for 2017? Pretty simple: 'We've had him . . . We knew what he could do.'
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Dolphins fall back to .500 after 27-24 loss to Raiders
Derek Carr remains on target to help the Oakland Raiders beat the Miami Dolphins 27-24 on Sunday.
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Despite Hill's improbable TD, Cowboys take care of Chiefs, 28-17
Dallas Cowboys overcome Tyreek Hill's improbable last-play touchdown in the first half, beating the Kansas City Chiefs 28-17 on Sunday.
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Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles passes against the Denver Broncos.
Wentz throws four TD passes as Eagles embarrass Broncos, 51-23
Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, Corey Clement had three scores, and the Philadelphia Eagles improved to 8-1 and routed the Denver Broncos 51-23 on Sunday.
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Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota against the Baltimore Ravens.
Titans extend winning streak to three with 23-20 victory over Ravens
Marcus Mariota throws for 218 yards and two touchdowns as the Tennessee Titans beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 Sunday for their third consecutive victory.
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Seeing red
When 49ers GM John Lynch was initially rebuffed in his attempts to acquire Jimmy Garoppolo, he asked for Tom Brady.
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New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.
Time to get creative on D
In order to get the most out of their depleted defense, Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia have harkened back to a creative approach that we've seen from them before.
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The ups-and-downs of the first half
The season is at the midpoint, so what better time for midseason superlatives? Phil Perry and Tom E. Curran and Mike Giardi tell you what's worked so far . . . and what hasn't.
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New England Patriots RBs Dion Lewis (left) and Mike Gillislee.
Lewis in, Gillislee out?
Is the Dion Lewis-for-Mike Gillislee swap a permanent change? One coach says not so fast. 
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Report: Kraft deposed in Kaepernick suit against NFL
Patriots owner Robert Kraft is among the NFL owners who will be deposed and asked to turn over their cellphone records and emails “in relation to the Colin Kaepernick collusion case against the NFL,” ESPN’s
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FridayBag: Losing Jimmy Garoppolo Edition.
Farewell, Jimmy G Edition
Naturally, after the big trade this week, Patriots fans are focusing on the Jimmy Garoppolo deal and all its ramifications. Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry answer readers’ bye-week queries.
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Federal appeals court rules Cowboys RB Elliott can play Sunday
A federal appeals court has ruled that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott can play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs in Dallas.
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Bills' AFC East standing damaged in 34-21 loss to Jets
Buffalo's pursuit of AFC East kingpin New England is stymied by the Jets, who control the line of scrimmage on both sides in a 34-21 win that never was close in the second half.
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QUICK SLANTS PODCAST: How far did Pats, Garoppolo get in contract talks?
Tom Curran explains just how far the New England Patriots and Jimmy Garoppolo got in contract talks.
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Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson rushes against the Tennessee Titans.
Texans may lose Watson for year after QB hurts knee in practice
In a devastating piece of news for the Texans and the NFL as a whole, the league’s brightest young star -- Deshaun Watson -- has apparently suffered a season-ending knee injury.
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Brissett in line to start for rest of season as Colts place Luck on injured reserve
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will be placed on injured reserve, likely ending his season.  
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It wasn't half bad
The season is at the midpoint, so what better time for midseason superlatives? Phil Perry and Tom E. Curran and Mike Giardi look at some of the best -- and worst -- on-field occurences so far in 2017.
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Why Scarnecchia believes his O-line is trending positively
The Patriots have done something that very few teams in the modern NFL have been able to do. They've built an offensive line, one that was good enough to win a Super Bowl, and then kept it together.
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Browns' Josh Gordon reinstated by NFL, with conditions
Gifted wide receiver Josh Gordon has been conditionally reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
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A wonder year
Firing coaches, adding superstars, punking the 76ers . . . these last 12 months have been big for Boston teams making headlines. Here's how DJ Bean ranks them.
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McDaniels explains why Hoyer is the right fit as Brady's No. 2
Few people spent more time with Jimmy Garoppolo over the last three-plus years than Josh McDaniels. But now it's time to get Brian Hoyer up to speed.
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Key Patriots players missing from lone practice of the bye week
The Patriots held just one practice this week, and they were missing a handful of key players. 
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Patriots bring back Hoyer to be Brady's backup
As expected, the Patriots have re-acquired quarterback Brian Hoyer to serve as Tom Brady's backup.   
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Help isn't on the way, so now what?
The Patriots had what looked to be areas of need going into the trade deadline, but made no moves after dealing away Jimmy Garoppolo. Here's how they may address them.
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Pats make holding call on Butler
With Jimmy Garoppolo in San Francisco, Malcolm Butler was the Patriots' most tradable asset . . . yet they kept him. Here are some reasons why.
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PODCAST: How much did drafting Garoppolo help Brady?
Tom E. Curran, Phil Perry and Michael Holley talk about how drafting Jimmy Garoppolo ended up helping Tom Brady,  and debate how much Brady actually taught Garoppolo.
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PODCAST: Why trade Garoppolo now?
Jerod Mayo talks about the Jimmy Garoppolo trade, Robert Kraft's involvement in the deal, and his own experiences with the former Patriots quarterback
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McCourty thinks Jimmy G. 'ready for challenge'
Patriots safety Devin McCourty says that he has come to expect movement at the trade deadline, but was not expecting Jimmy Garoppolo to be the one leaving New England.
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Phil Perry's report card for Patriots vs. Chargers - 10/31/17
All gifts accepted
How have the Patriots learned not to lose all these years? Allow the mistake-filled Chargers' performance Sunday to demonstrate.  
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Top 10 Bill Belichick trade deadline moves
The last two seasons have left many asking whether Bill Belichick knows what he's doing at the trade deadline. These 10 moves will remind you he does. 
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He brought out the best in Brady
Jimmy Garoppolo's 3 1/2 years in New England pushed Tom Brady to unprecedented heights. Now Jimmy G. gets the chance to scale his own heights out of Brady's shadow.
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Carolina Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin
Bills, gearing up for run at Pats, acquire Benjamin from Panthers
The Bills, one-half game behind the Patriots in the AFC East, upgrade their patchwork group of receivers by sending third- and seventh-round picks to Carolina for Kelvin Benjamin.
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New England Patriots QBs Tom Brady (left) and Jimmy Garoppolo.
Brady wins again - and you're surprised?
The Patriots wanted Jimmy Garoppolo to succeed Tom Brady. Jimmy G didn’t want to wait. Who blinked? Turns out, like most who come up against TB12, it wasn't Brady. 
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Belichick suggests Brady evaluations have to be year to year
Tom Brady may have exceeded the expectations that the Patriots had for him back in 2014. But even with Jimmy Garoppolo gone, he'll still be evaluated from year to year.
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Bean: I still hate the Jacoby Brissett trade
Now that Jimmy Garoppolo is gone, it's time to admit the Patriots screwed up with Jacoby Brissett.
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Coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots at training camp practice
'We rode it out as long as we could'
In Bill Belichick's mind, the Jimmy Garoppolo trade was the final option. The Patriots did what they could to make it work. They just . . . couldn't.
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Dolphins, displeased with Ajayi after 40-0 loss, trade him to Eagles
Dolphins coach Adam Gase had signaled his displeasure with Jay Ajayi last week after Miami was routed at Baltimore, noting missed blocking assignments in pass protection.
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Chiefs force five turnovers, snap losing streak with 29-19 win over Broncos
The Chiefs pick off Trevor Siemian three times, pick up two fumbles and take one of them back for a touchdown in a 29-19 victory over the Broncos.
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Judge reinstates NFL's six-game suspension of Cowboys' Elliott
A federal judge cleared the way Monday night for the NFL to enforce a six-game suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott over domestic violence allegations.
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PODCAST: Reaction to the Garoppolo trade
Tom E. Curran, Michael Holley and Kayce Smith react to the Patriots trading backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers for a 2018 second-round pick.
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49ers give Garoppolo 'the potential to write his own story'
Though Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t expect his change of scenery to happen the day before the trade deadline in the middle of the season, he’s hardly unhappy.
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Brady mindset doesn't change after Garoppolo trade
Tom Brady's level of play seemed to be elevated soon after the Patriots drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round. Now that Garoppolo's gone, Brady says he's still going to bring it.
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Who will be Brady's next backup now that Garoppolo is gone?
Now that the Patriots have opted to send Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers for a second-round pick, the Patriots are a one-quarterback team. Not for long.
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Making sense of it all
Pried your jaw off the floor? Returned your eyeballs to their sockets? Let's get to the questions that are flying around now that the Patriots have sent Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers.
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Jimmy G. to the 49ers, by the numbers
A quick, graphical look at the statistics behind the Jimmy Garoppolo-to-the-49ers deal.
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'Can't get on the plane fast enough'
Jimmy Garoppolo has wanted to be some team’s franchise quarterback long before he was drafted by the New England Patriots back in the spring of 2014. On Halloween eve, he’s been granted that opportunity.
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Report: 49ers release Hoyer after Garoppolo trade
The Patriots will be in the market for a backup quarterback after dealing Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers.
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Belichick was right: Good luck making predictions
Bill Belichick gave a long explanation for how teams approach the trade deadline during a conference call on Monday morning. 
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Pats trade Garoppolo to 49ers
The New England Patriots have traded Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers for a 2018 second-round pick
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For Pats, it's a way of life
Many franchises come unglued at the first sign of adversity. But the Patriots not only manage to survive injuries to key players like Dont'a Hightower and Stephon Gilmore, but often thrive.
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Brady, Gisele plan Halloween costume that will have millennial mouths watering
Judging by what Tom Brady said on Monday morning, his costume this year will be something that yuppies everywhere can appreciate.
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NBC SPORTS CHICAGO: Bears' Zach Miller nearly lost leg after horrific injury
Chicago tight end Zach Miller undergoes emergency surgery in an attempt to save his leg and repair a damaged artery afte r being hurt in the Bears' loss at New Orleans.
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Pats are halfway home, and only halfway there
Even though the Patriots are 6-2, they're far from a finished product. Their aim: Get some rest during the bye week, then attack the issues that remain.
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Pats lose Cannon but still find a way to protect Brady
Even with Marcus Cannon out, the Patriots are able to neutralize the Chargers' pass rush through a combination of short passes, Tom Brady's elusiveness, and another good showing from the offensive line.
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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Steelers lean on D, Smith-Schuster in 20-15 win
JuJu Smith-Schuster scored on a 97-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger late in the third quarter and the Pittsburgh Steelers forced the Detroit Lions to turn the ball over on downs twice in a 20-15 w
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Behind-the-scenes work triggered improvement
The Patriots defense appears to be upright after a rocky start to the season, and the real improvement is going on out of our sight
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INTERCONFERENCE: Wilson leads Seahawks to wild 41-38 win over Texans
Russell Wilson hits Jimmy Graham for an 18-yard touchdown with 21 seconds left, his second TD catch of the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Seahawks rally for a wild 41-38 win over the Houston Texans
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Searching for answers for recent red-zone struggles
The Patriots are having trouble scoring touchdowns in the red zone and Bill Belichick and Tom Brady aren't happy about it.
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'Didn't skip a beat' with Hightower out
On all carries other than Melvin Gordon's long jaunt, the Dont'a Hightower-less Patriots defense allowed 3.5 yards per carry.
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Gostkowski admits misses leave 'bad taste' despite win
Stephen Gostkowski's pair of misses in Sunday’s win make a game that shouldn’t have been as close as it was come down to the final play.
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Game notes: Record and near-records from Pats' 21-13 victory
Postgame notes from the Patriots' 21-13 victory over the Chargers, courtesy of the New England P.R. department.
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Curran's Patriots-Chargers preview/review
What predictions did Tom E. Curran get right? Find out in the Patriots-Chargers preview/review
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All but 10 Texans kneel during anthem in protest of McNair's comments
The Texans had indicated there would be some type of protest prior to their game in Seattle after owner Bob McNair was quoted as saying the NFL shouldn't let the 'inmates [run] the prison.'
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Hogan wearing a sling after injuring shoulder
Chris Hogan has taken his fair share of shots this season, and on Sunday he had to leave the game after absorbing another. 
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AFC EAST: Ryan, Falcons slip and slide to 25-20 win over Jets
Matt Ryan throws two touchdown passes and the Atlanta Falcons slip and slide to a 25-20 victory over the New York Jets on a soggy Sunday.
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AFC EAST: Opportunistic Bills rout sloppy Raiders, 34-14
Matt Milano scores on a 40-yard fumble return on a rain-slick field, and the Buffalo Bills force four turnovers in beating the Oakland Raiders 34-14 on Sunday.
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Best and Worst: Patriots 21, Chargers 13
Tom E. Curran highlights the best and worst moments from Sunday's game between the Patriots and Chargers
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Pats get protection they need
The Patriots mostly neutralized the Chargers' killer pass rush, and that was one of the keys to Sunday's victory. Click here to read about that, and other observations from Phil Perry.
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NFL IN LONDON: Vikings pull away from winless Browns, 33-16
Case Keenum throws for two touchdowns and Kai Forbath kicks four field goals as the Vikings defeated the Browns in the last of four games held this season in Britain.
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Inactive list: Gilmore ruled out of Pats' game vs. Chargers
Stephon Gilmore is, indeed, inactive for the Patriots' game today against the Chargers.
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All signs point to Gilmore sitting out today's game against Chargers
Phil Perry and Mike Giardi both report that it doesn't appear Stephon Gilmore, who missed last week's game against the Falcons because of a concussion, will return today.
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Game notes: Patriots vs. Chargers
Where to watch, the weather forecast, how many times Philip Rivers has beaten Tom Brady head to head . . . it's all here in today's game notes.
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Game notes: Patriots vs. Chargers
Where to watch, the weather forecast, how many times Philip Rivers has beaten Tom Brady head to head . . . it's all here in today's game notes.
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Patriots vs. Chargers: Pregame sights
The pregame sights at a soon-to-be-soggy Gillette Stadium as fans and players prepare for today's Patriots-Chargers game.
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Ex-Patriot Martellus Bennett 'pretty sure' he'll retire at end of season
Former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett said goodbye to New England last offseason. But now is he ready to say goodbye to football altogether?
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Moving on
Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers is a big one for the Patriots as they begin acclimating themselves to life without Dont'a Hightower.
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Texans owner McNair's second statement tries to clarify 'inmates' comment
A portion of Texans owner Bob McNair's statement: "I was not referring to our players when I made a very regretful comment during the owners meetings last week.
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PODCAST: Who steps up with Hightower out?
Tom Giles, Michael Holley, and Alex Giaimo talk about Dont’a Hightower being out for the rest of the season, how it will impact the Patriots moving forward, and who will be the next man up to replace him.
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Is Fitz (finally) a fit for the Patriots?
Is this trade deadline finally the time to pull the trigger on the long-rumored Larry Fitzgerald-to-the-Patriots deal? 
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Patriots-Chargers injury report: Malcolm Brown, Eric Rowe out
As expected, the Patriots will be without defensive lineman Malcom Brown and cornerback Eric Rowe Sunday when they face the Los Angeles Chargers in Foxboro.
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Danny Amendola (knee) says he'll play Sunday vs. Chargers
The 31-year-old added that he isn't worried about the frequency with which he's been injured on punt returns. 
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FridayBag: Losing Dont'a Hightower edition.
Help wanted . . . but is any available?
Opening up the #FridayBag, we find plenty of questions about wheeling and dealing to make up for the loss of Dont’a Hightower.
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Stephon Gilmore practices again; Eric Rowe, Malcom Brown miss week
Is Stephon Gilmore getting close to a return? Maybe. Closer than Eric Rowe or Malcom Brown, anyway. 
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Belichick sings David Harris' praises
Bill Belichick says former Jets linebacker David Harris, who should get more playing time after the loss of Dont'a Hightower, is as professional as any player on the Patriots. 
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'It gives somebody else opportunities'
Bill Belichick admitted on Friday that he's disappointed to be moving forward without Dont'a Hightower, but he views it as a challenge to others on the roster to step up and fill in the void. 
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THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Ravens lose Flacco but beat Dolphins, 40-0
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco suffers a concussion on a late hit by Kiko Alonzo, but Baltimore's defense rises to the occasion in a 40-0 rout of Miami.
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Van Noy: 'Group effort' to replace Hightower
No one knows the impact of losing Dont'a Hightower better than Kyle Van Noy, who has leaned heavily on Hightower during his year in Foxboro.
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With Hightower out, Harris may step in
If David Harris is a break-glass-in-case-of-emergency option, then it would seem now is as good a time as any to let the shards hit the floor. 
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Amendola returns to Patriots practice; Brown, Rowe still out
Patriots receiver Danny Amendola returned to practice Thursday ahead of the Patriots' Week 8 game against the Chargers.
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Who'll give Patriots a lift?
The loss of Dont'a Hightower means the Patriots may be seeking linebacker help at next week's deadline. Who will -- or should -- they pursue?
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McCourty: Pats have to figure it out quickly
Devin McCourty says the Patriots don't have a lot of time to figure out what they're going to do to fill in behind Dont'a Hightower. 
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Aston Martin releases Tom Brady Signature Edition convertible
The cars, which cost $359,950 each, feature Brady's signature and TB12 logo. 
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Pats to lean on Van Noy in Hightower's absence
With Dont'a Hightower gone for the year, Kyle Van Noy -- one year after being acquired by the Patriots -- looms large in New England's plans.
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Super Bowl? Possible, but not likely
With Dont'a Hightower joining Julian Edelman on the sideline, the Patriots will have to claw their way through the season just like everybody else. Welcome to the way the rest of the league lives.
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Breer: Hightower's pec muscle was 55 percent torn in March
According to TheMMQB.com's Albert Breer, Dont'a Hightower's pectoral was more than half-torn well before the start of the season.
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Report: Hightower out for season
The Patriots' worst fears are apparently realized: Ian Rapoport reports linebacker Dont's Hightower will be out for the rest of the season because of a torn pectoral muscle.
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How will Pats replace Hightower?
There's not a one-for-one replacement for Dont'a Hightower, the leader of the Patriots front seven who reportedly is out for the remainder of the season.
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PODCAST: How will Hightower injury impact Patriots' defense?
The BST crew talks another Hightower injury, Pedroia's surgery, the Tatum-Fultz comparison and more.  
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Patriots-Chargers injury report: Gilmore returns in limited role
Wide receiver Danny Amendola and linebacker Dont'a Hightower didn't practice Wednesday while cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who has been out with a concussion, was a limited participant.  
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Langi placed on non-football injury list, Patriots promote LB Trevor Reilly
The Patriots made a roster move on Wednesday to call up a defensive lineman to their active roster. 
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They're no bucket of Bolts
The Chargers have played better than their 3-4 record would indicate, and their defensive pass rush could cause the Patriots problems this week.
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Another trick up their sleeve?
The NFL trade deadline is nearly upon us, and the question is: Will Malcolm Butler get the Jamie Collins treatment?  Could he be gone next week?
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More time for Bademosi? Belichick says those who play the best play the most
With the Patriots coming off a sterling defensive performance against Atlanta, will Bill Belichick stay with what's working or put Stephon Gilmore and Eric Rowe back in the lineup when they're healthy?
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Getting back in the middle of things
After a rough start to the season that culminated in a Week 5 benching, Alan Branch has begun showing the form that makes him an integral part of the Patriots' defense.
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QUICK SLANTS PODCAST: Has Patriots defense turned the corner?
Tom E. Curran, Phil Perry and Jerod Mayo discuss the Patriots victory over the Falcons and look ahead to the NFL Trade Deadline
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Belichick heaps rare praise upon pair of Chargers pass rushers
Bill Belichick says most NFL teams don't have one player who can rush the passer like Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. The Chargers have them both.
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Malcolm Butler's living in the moment
Malcolm Butler, stung by an offseason in which the Patriots paid Stephon Gilmore and not him, doesn't know what his future holds.
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They brought their 'A' game
The offense was good and the defense was great in the Patriots' best all-around effort of the season . . . one reflected in Professor Phil Perry's grades.
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