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Branch, Gillislee among Patriots inactives

Branch, Gillislee among Patriots inactives

MINNEAPOLIS — The Patriots had an immaculate injury report headed into the Super Bowl, which meant that the Patriots has some decisions to make when it came to their inactive list on game day. 

All seven players who were made inactive were healthy scratches. Here’s the full list . . .

DT Alan Branch
LB David Harris
TE Jacob Hollister
OL Cole Croston
RB Mike Gillislee
WR Bernard Reedy
WR Kenny Britt

No real surprises here. Branch has been a healthy scratch the last few weeks, with Ricky Jean Francois taking on a larger role on the interior of the Patriots defensive line. With the Eagles expected to run the football early and often, the Patriots will rely on Jean Francois as well as Malcom Brown and Lawrence Guy to plug things up in the middle. 

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Ex-Patriot Chris Long rips NFL's new National Anthem policy

Ex-Patriot Chris Long rips NFL's new National Anthem policy

On Wednesday, the NFL announced a new policy on players protesting during the National Anthem.

The new policy permits players to stay in the locker room while the anthem plays, but requires them to stand if they come on to the field.

Former Patriots defensive end Chris Long, now with the Eagles, shared his thoughts on the controversial change via Twitter:

His teammate, Malcolm Jenkins, ripped the new policy on Twitter as well.

Devin and Jason McCourty showed their support for Long and Jenkins' statements by reposting them on their Twitter account:

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Source: Tom Brady not at TB12 while teammates next door at OTAs

Source: Tom Brady not at TB12 while teammates next door at OTAs

A source confirms that Tom Brady was not working out at his TB12 sports medicine facility at Patriot Place in Foxboro while his teammates were on the field at OTAs as was previously reported by the Boston Herald.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski, the other notable absence from OTAs, has been at the TB12 facility on the days his teammates were on the field practicing and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who participated in the first day of OTAs, has also been at TB12, according to the source.

The Herald's Karen Guregian reported on Tuesday that both Brady and Gronkowski were at TB12 on Monday, which is right next to Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots were practicing. 

Former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak of 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zolak and Bertrand" show said Brady likely wasn't even in the country this week.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Wednesday that Brady and Gronk are expected to participate in the mandatory mini-camp at Gillette June 5-7.

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