FOXBORO -- Eric Rowe was the lone Patriots player not to participate in practice on Tuesday due to injury, making it highly unlikely that he's able to suit up for Thursday's game with the Bucs.
Rowe felt as though his groin injury was at 100 percent going into the Panthers game, but he re-aggravated it on the first snap of the second half and left the game. With a short turnaround and a trip to Tampa, it seems like Rowe -- who was spotted in the locker room with a noticeable limp on Monday -- will not be in uniform.
Nate Solder was also not practicing on Tuesday, though the team announced later in the day that he missed for non-football related reasons.
On a positive note from the Patriots' end of things, Elandon Roberts (ankle) returned to practice. He left Sunday's game after teammate Alan Branch fell onto the back of his legs in the third quarter. Roberts was also limping in the locker room on Monday, but we'll have to wait and see on his availability in Tampa Bay.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
CB Stephon Gilmore (ankle)
LB Dont'a Hightower (knee)
S Brandon King (hamstring)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)
OT Nate Solder (not injury related)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Kwon Alexander (hamstring)
LB Lavonte David (ankle)
S Keith Tandy (hip)
S T.J. Ward (hip)
In an interview with The Big Lead, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long spoke on the drama surrounding Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
It's safe to say he doesn't put much stock into it.
I just think any NFL team, any NFL locker room under a lot of stress over a year period, there are going to be storylines people can choose to kind of blow out of proportion or not pay attention to. I think everyone’s going to pay attention to sometimes really small issues. Whatever people are alluding to going on up there hasn’t affected their play, it hasn’t affected their bottom line. It hasn’t affected how they executed on Sundays.
Long played with the Patriots during the 2016 season and won Super Bowl 51 with them before signing a two-year contract with the Eagles. The Eagles then went on to beat New England in Super Bowl 52. If anyone outside of the Patriots' locker room has an idea of the culture inside the past two years, Long has to be one of them.
It took everything for us to beat them. It took a heroic performance by Nick Foles and we had to play our best game. So while everybody likes to always point to the Patriots as being under duress or there’s some drama in the locker room, there’s drama in every locker room that you could blow out of proportion. They’re just on top and those stories sell because they’ve been so great.
ESPN's Seth Wickersham released a story detailing some of the issues that arose in New England over the past few years in January, and with Brady missing almost all of the Patriots' voluntary workouts last month, some have started to wonder whether this is the end for one of both of Brady-Belichick.
While their hasn't been much public acknowledgement from either side about the drama, but Long certainly doesn't see much substance to the noise.
Tony Romo's Super Bowl prediction of the Jacksonville Jaguars taking over the AFC title from the Patriots and facing the Green Bay Packers in Atlanta in SB53 drew a response from Tom Brady on Instagram.
The NFL's official Instagram account posted a photo of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Jags cornerback Jalen Ramsey with the prediction of Romo, the former Dallas Cowboys QB now the analyst on CBS' No. 1 NFL broadcast team. Here's a screenshot, complete with Brady's comment:
Appearing on the NFL Network earlier this week, Romo said rumors of a rift between Brady and coach Bill Belichick are overblown. “I think they probably squabble just like any married couple for 20 years, and then they also love each other.
“I just think when you work together for 15 to 20 years, whatever it is, I think that whenever you have the success that they have, people have to come up with stuff,” Romo said. “I also think that I’ve been upset with my coaches before, and then you come back and you’re fine. And then you get upset with them, and you come back and you’re fine. It’s a part of sports.”
Brady and the Patriots report to camp on July 26.