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Patriots swap out one offensive lineman for another on practice squad

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Patriots swap out one offensive lineman for another on practice squad

Few teams turn over the bottom of their roster more than the Patriots, particularly early in the season. Same goes for their practice squad. 

They made another move to their 10-man unit on Tuesday, bringing in offensive lineman Jamil Douglas and releasing offensive lineman Ian Silberman in order to make room. 

Douglas, who measures in at 6-foot-4, 308 pounds, was a fourth-round pick of the Dolphins in 2015. He played in all 16 games last season, making six starts (four at right guard and two at center). He has spent the majority of this season bouncing on and off of the Dolphins practice squad, though he was promoted to the active roster in late September and saw game action against the Bengals. 

Dwayne Allen suffers knee injury, will miss several weeks

Dwayne Allen suffers knee injury, will miss several weeks

This bye week couldn't come at a better time for the Patriots. 

Rob Gronkowski hasn't looked himself all season and has missed the last two games with ankle and back injuries. 

Marcus Cannon has been banged up all season. Trent Brown missed some snaps on Sunday because of an illness. Josh Gordon dislocated his finger against the Packers. Julian Edelman left Sunday's game with an ankle injury. 

The list goes on and on. Key contributors haven't been at full strength, and it's showed during games like the brutal Titan's loss on Sunday. 

Now we can add Dwayne Allen to the list. 

Allen suffered a knee injury on Sunday, and is projected to miss a few weeks, even with the upcoming bye. 

Allen doesn't contribute much in the passing game, but he's an excellent run blocker who has become important to the run game with Gronkowski clearly not at 100% this year. 

Behind Allen, the Patriots only have Jacob Hollister, who's missed most of the season with a nagging ankle injury. Even when he's healthy, he's much more of a receiver than a blocker.

Depending on how the team evaluates Gronkowski over the next week and a half, they may make a move to shore up their depth at the position. 

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Harlem Globetrotters meet Robert Kraft, perform trick shots at Gillette Stadium

Harlem Globetrotters meet Robert Kraft, perform trick shots at Gillette Stadium

The Harlem Globetrotters, known for their trick shots and shenanigans on the basketball court, are in the midst of a tour throughout the United States. Through the next few months, they will be doing a tour of the New England area. 

Before they got started, they decided to take a stop at Gillette Stadium and meet up with Robert Kraft. 

Kraft gave them a tour of the stadium, noting that in the 24 years he's owned the team, they've gone to nine Super Bowls and won five. 

In typical Globetrotter fashion, they couldn't leave without performing some trick shots. 

They performed five trick shots, one for each championship, and finished their tour with a sixth shot in anticipation for a sixth championship, because, as they said, "They still got Tom Brady". 

The Globetrotters went all over the stadium, dropping basketballs into nets from the upper level to the lower level, from the archway to the field, and even called in help from the GOAT... which ended up being an actual goat, not Tom Brady, much to the Globetrotters' dismay. 

The team even went on to the field and scored a touchdown with a behind-the-back pass, complete with a Gronk spike. 

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