A new name has popped up on the Patriots injury report. And it's a big one.
Rob Gronkowski has been added with an ankle injury. He was one of six players listed as having limited participation in practice on Thursday. The big tight end didn't appear to get hurt in last week's loss in Jacksonville, so maybe the injury occurred in practice the past few days.
Safety Patrick Chung and defensive end Trey Flowers, who each had concussions against the Jags, were again both absent from practice. So, seeing them on the field Sunday night in Detroit against the Lions appears unlikely.
Here's the complete injury report:
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
S Patrick Chung – Concussion
DL Trey Flowers – Concussion
T Marcus Cannon – Calf
DB Keion Crossen – Hamstring
DB Nate Ebner – Hip
TE Rob Gronkowski – Ankle
WR Josh Gordon – Hamstring
CB Eric Rowe – Groin
RB Sony Michel – Knee
DL Deatrich Wise, Jr. – Finger
A day after not even acknowledging that wide receiver Josh Gordon had officially joined the Patriots, Bill Belichick had a brief comment on the troubled receiver in an interview on Patriots.com.
"I think everybody feels like this is a talented player. We'll see how it goes," Belichick told Scott Zolak.
And that was all about the receiver who has missed 43 of the Cleveland Browns' past 48 games because of substance-abuse related suspensions. He was traded to the Patriots on Wednesday, officially.
And on Sunday night's matchup with his protege, former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, now head coach of the Lions, Belichick was slightly more loquacious.
"I think Matt is that type of coach you could see grow every year," Belichick said. "As he took more responsibility and when he became a coordinator, his overall grasp and understanding of bigger picture things beyond just the defense, whether it be roster-building or salary cap, those grew as well."
And will the Pats be looking at a mirror image of their defense in the Lions?
"There are a lot of familiar calls," he said. "They're a lot of differences, too. Certainly a lot of different players, number one..."
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Colin Kaepernick is one of the most polarizing figures in American sports. So are the Patriots, at least outside New England.
So -- Kaepernick on the Patriots?
Heads would explode from coast to coast. Especially Donald Trump's, who's been using Kapernick and the NFL as a punching bag to rile up his base and who counts Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick as friends (though it sounds like Tom Brady is off his Christmas card list after Brady skipped the White House ceremony celebrating the 2016 Super Bowl championship and later disavowed the MAGA hat that Kraft apparently put in his locker).
So leave it to TMZ to tie the two together:
Derek Carr's regression in the last two years, and especially his play in the opening two losses of this season, makes the Raiders a semi-logical landing spot for Kaepernick (if you turn a blind eye to the fact that the Raiders are paying Carr $25 million a year). But the Patriots? With Brady? Really?
Well, look a little closer at the article itself. Actually, you don't have to; Tom E. Curran did:
Agree? Maybe you want to cast a vote in Tom's poll;