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Darrelle Revis has court date Thursday on fight claims

Darrelle Revis has court date Thursday on fight claims

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has a court date next week on criminal charges stemming from a fight after he turned himself in to police and was later released on a non-monetary bond.

Revis faces aggravated assault and other charges alleging he was in a fight with two men last weekend in Pittsburgh. He answered no questions from the media as he turned himself in Friday. He later made an initial court appearance, and his next court date was scheduled for Thursday.

Revis' attorney has said Revis was physically assaulted by a group of at least five people. He said Revis "feared for his safety" and sought medical attention, but he didn't offer details about the severity of Revis' injuries.

Police say the fight started when a man began recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it. Two men say they were punched and knocked out.

The New York Jets said through a spokesman they would have no further comment on Revis' situation other than their initial statement that they were aware of the matter and had spoken with Revis. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to The Associated Press that the league was looking into the matter.

Attorney Blaine Jones said Saturday in a text message that while he was hired for the pre-indictment phase of the case, he would not be representing the Jets cornerback going forward.

Revis is due $15 million next season, including a $2 million roster bonus due on the second day of the new league year, March 10.

The $13 million in base salary includes $6 million in guaranteed money, which the Jets would owe him even if they decided to cut him before the deadline.

Revis had a bitter breakup with his agents last year and has no formal representation going forward.

Revis, who is from Aliquippa, was a star at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted No. 14 overall by the Jets in 2007. He quickly established himself as one of the top players at his position - and in franchise history - while also earning the nickname, "Revis Island" for his penchant for routinely shutting down opposing teams' top receivers. He is in his second stint with the Jets.

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Arrowhead Stadium surface looks good to go for Sunday

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Arrowhead Stadium surface looks good to go for Sunday

Maintaining a grass surface in the dead of winter is hard enough. Keeping it in good shape after a snowstorm is even tougher.

So when WBZ's Dan Roche tweeted this view Wednesday from atop Arrowhead Stadium, site of Sunday's AFC Championship Game, some were understandably concerned:

This tweet Thursday from Chiefs Head Groundskeeper Travis Hogan should alleviate a lot of fears, however:

But who knows what that will look like come kickoff time. With an Arctic Blast set to hit the Midwest this weekend, game-time temperatures were predicted to be as low as single-digits. But the forecast is now saying something slightly warmer.

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Patriots see room for improvement in run game despite success vs. Chargers

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Patriots see room for improvement in run game despite success vs. Chargers

FOXBORO -- The New England Patriots dominated the Los Angeles Chargers on the ground in last Sunday's AFC Divisional Round win at Gillette Stadium.

The Pats, led by their offensive line and tight end Rob Gronkowski, opened up huge holes for running backs Sony Michel, James White and Red Burkhead. The result was a whopping 155 yards and four touchdowns on 34 carries (4.6 yards per rush).

Despite the enormous success in the running game, the Patriots still see areas for improvement entering Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

“I think we’ve done a good job of getting the ball rolling," Patriots guard Shaq Mason said Thursday. "There’s definitely stuff we can do better, but I think overall we came together as a group and have done a good job moving the football and running the ball.”

The play of Michel was notable. The rookie running back has battled injury throughout the season, but he looked very fresh against the Chargers. The Georgia product ran for 129 yards and three touchdowns, helping the Patriots take control with a 35-7 halftime lead. 

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski caught only one pass from Tom Brady in the win over the Chargers, but he was exceptional as a blocker in the run game. Like Mason, Gronkowski likes the progress the Patriots have made running the football, and he is particularly impressed with the improvement Michel has made in his rookie campaign.

"I feel like overall we’ve done a good job," Gronkowski said. "There’s always room for improvement, always room to get better in the areas that we’ve been doing well too. It’s been great just working with the offensive line and seeing Sony (Michel) just the development he has had throughout the year since training camp. You see it every other week and just how he’s been approaching practice, coming out, trying to get better every single week and it shows. He’s been doing a great job. The offensive line’s been doing a great job and it’s just cool to be a part of it."

We should expect the Patriots to run the ball a lot against the Chiefs. Controlling the clock and keeping the Chiefs' high-scoring offense off the field as long as possible will be critical, and the KC defense gave up 5.1 yards per carry in the regular season -- the second-highest in the league. A ground-and-pound attack would be a good strategy for the Patriots as they try to punch their ticket to Super Bowl LIII.

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