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Easley thanks Belichick, Kraft after release from Patriots

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Easley thanks Belichick, Kraft after release from Patriots

Though Dominique Easley reportedly wanted out of New England as badly as the Patriots wanted him out, the third-year defensive lineman took to Instagram on Wednesday to thank coach Bill Belichick one day after Belichick released him.

Easley, the No. 29 overall pick in 2014 who landed on season-ending injured reserve during each of his first two professional seasons, hit waivers on Wednesday. Whether or not he has been claimed by another club remains to be seen.

Easley's outgoing message for the organization is an interesting one given some of the reporting that emerged soon after his release.

He wasn't always "on the program" with the Patriots, according to Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran. Curran also explained that Easley would disappear for long periods of time after being injured, choosing to rehab his injuries outside of the team's facilities. 

Comcast SportsNet's Mike Giardi heard from one of Easley's former teammates recently, who said, "Easley never fit. Never tried to fit." 

The Boston Globe's Ben Volin also heard from one of Easley's teammates who said, "Saw that coming. Injuries and locker room cancer."

In Easley's Instagram post, he wrote, "no matter what everyone says I'm glad I was a part of the patriot nation." But according to Volin, Easley told people privately that he wanted to be traded during his rookie year.

The Patriots salary cap took an additional hit by releasing Easley. If he's claimed on waivers Thursday, part of that hit will be alleviated. 

Here's a look at how the Patriots defense may adjust with Easley no longer in the picture for the 2016 season, and a peek at some of the top defensive tackle prospects in this year's draft

Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

It's no longer a mystery who will kick for the New England Patriots vs. the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Patriots are expected to officially re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Folk was released by the team and replaced with Kai Forbath prior to last week's game vs. the Houston Texans after undergoing an appendectomy.

In three games with the Patriots this season, Folk has made seven of nine field goals and all three extra-point attempts. 

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Patriots vs. Chiefs Week 14 injury report confirms Tom Brady's toe is fine

Patriots vs. Chiefs Week 14 injury report confirms Tom Brady's toe is fine

Tom Brady apparently wasn't lying when he suggested his toe injury is nothing to worry about.

The 42-year-old quarterback wasn't listed on the New England Patriots' final injury report Friday ahead of their game against the Kansas City Chiefs after popping up on Thursday's injury report with toe and elbow injuries.

The Patriots officially ruled out center Ted Karras (sprained MCL) and defensive lineman Byron Cowart (head) for Sunday's game, while the Chiefs will be without running back Damien Williams and cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Rashad Felton.

New England listed six players as questionable for Patriots-Chiefs, including wide receivers Julian Edelman (shoulder) and Mohamed Sanu (ankle) and offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (illness).

The good news for the Patriots is the flu bug appears to have stopped spreading; backup quarterback Cody Kessler wasn't on Friday's injury report after appearing on Thursday's report due to illness, leaving Cannon as the only player still under the weather.

Here are the full injury reports for both teams entering their Week 14 matchup at Gillette Stadium.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-2)

OUT
DL Byron Cowart, Head (DNP)
OL Ted Karras, Knee (DNP)

DOUBTFUL
No Players Listed.

QUESTIONABLE
LB Ja'Whaun Bentley, Knee (LP)
OT Marcus Cannon, Illness (LP)
S Patrick Chung, Heel (LP)
WR Julian Edelman, Shoulder (LP)
CB Jason McCourty, Groin (LP)
WR Mohamed Sanu, Ankle (LP)

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-4)

OUT
CB Morris Claiborne, Shoulder (DNP)
CB Rashad Fenton, Hamstring (DNP)
RB Damien Williams, Rib (DNP)

DOUBTFUL
No Players Listed

QUESTIONABLE
DE Frank Clark, Shoulder/Illness (DNP)

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