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Amendola on current anthem plan: 'I think we're all going to stand for that'

Amendola on current anthem plan: 'I think we're all going to stand for that'

FOXBORO -- More than a dozen Patriots made a statement by kneeling for the national anthem during Sunday's win over the Texans, but it seems as though all players will stand for the anthem when the Panthers are in town this weekend. That's the plan for now, at least.

"From my understanding," Danny Amendola said on Wednesday, "I think we’re all going to stand for that. But it’s not Sunday yet."

A group of 16 Patriots players, including captains Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon, knelt for the anthem two days after president Donald Trump said that players who kneel for the anthem should be "fired." Trump also referred to any player that protests during the anthem as a "son of a bitch."

Asked how the Patriots will continue to handle the anthem moving forward, Brady pointed out that the last thing the Patriots want is to have a divided locker room.

"I don't think anybody wants that," Brady said. "We really are just focused on our jobs . . . That's what we're here for, and that's where the focus needs to be. I'm sure there will be conversations as we continue to move forward. We'll see how it goes."

Brady added that if players wanted to seek him out to discuss how to handle sensitive situations, he's willing and able to chat.

"I think the dialogue is always open, I think that's important for any team," Brady said. "Hard-and-fast rules maybe in this day and age it's a little tougher than it used to be. But I just think it's overall trust that everyone is here to do the same thing, and I think everyone has a great deal of respect for each other in the locker room.

"We show up, we try to work hard every day, and always put the team first. And also understand there's extenuating circumstances at times, and you have to respect people that you play with . . . I think we have a great locker room. I think we have some good leadership. I think we're still evolving. And, hopefully, it's early in the season, there's a lot of room to make improvement, certainly on the field, and that's what we're trying to do."

Dion Lewis reiterated the point that the focus of the team will be on football moving forward.

"Everybody has their own views on things, some guys just did what they felt was best, how they felt," he said. "But going forward, we’re just going to focus on football, focus on the Carolina Panthers . . . 

"There’s no division in this team. We’re a very close team. We put too much time and effort grinding all offseason and training camp together for there to be division. Nothing like that's going to divide the team. We’re a very close group. We’re a family."

Did Tom Brady fire back at 'dad bod' comments via Twitter?

Did Tom Brady fire back at 'dad bod' comments via Twitter?

Was Tom Brady, via his TB12 center Twitter account, firing back at those who took shots at his "dad bod" as seen in recent paparazzi photos?

Check out the pinned tweet at the top of TB12's Twitter 

It's no doubt in response to what GQ called "#TorsoGate"

He's come a long way from the 2000 NFL combine before he was made the 199th pick overall:

Brady's TB12 Method famously touts pliability, eschews weight training and promotes what some see as an untraditional diet for an elite athlete - remember him eating a strawberry with Stephen Colbert this past winter?

The soon-to-be-41-year-old (Aug. 3) Patriots quarterback will apparently have an early start on getting into football shape. He plans to be at training camp ahead of Wednesday's veteran reporting date. 

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Edelman won't take four-game PED suspension to court

Edelman won't take four-game PED suspension to court

We won't be following this four-game suspension through the federal court system the way we did another one.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is not going to pursue an appeal of his four-game PED suspension in court and will sit out the first four games of the regular season.

Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network was first to report that Edelman wouldn't be going to court to appeal.

Edelman's teammate, Tom Brady famously took the appeal of his Deflategate four-game suspension through various federal court hearings before dropping the case before the 2016 season.

Edelman, 32, who missed all of last season recovering from ACL surgery, can participate in training camp and preseason games but will miss regular season games at home vs. the Texans Sept. 9, at the Jaguars Sept. 16, at the Lions Sept. 23 and at home vs. the Dolphins Sept. 30. 

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