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Brady no-shows for presser, Patriots announce he has an injury

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Brady no-shows for presser, Patriots announce he has an injury

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was scheduled to meet with the assembled media today. But he did not.

When his turn came up -- after Rob Gronkowski, Devin McCourty, Matthew Slater and Bill Belichick had already spoken -- Patriots media relations chief Stacey James went to the front of the room and announced that Brady was meeting with team medical personnel and will not be able to conduct his press conference. Brady will show up on the team's injury report Wednesday, James noted. 

Brady was last on the Patriots injury report before his team's Week 17 game against the Jets. He did not participate in Wednesday's practice that week -- he was listed with an Achilles and left shoulder injury -- and he was a limited participant on Thursday. He was removed from the injury report on Friday of that week.

Brady was originally scheduled to speak with reporters twice this week, Wednesday and Thursday. It's unclear if Wednesday's absence will impact the overall number of occasions he's made available this week. 

UPDATE: Brady was listed with a right hand injury on the team's practice participation/injury report, and was said to be limited at practice:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Limited participation
QB Tom Brady (right hand)
DL Alan Branch (knee)
RB Rex Burkhead (knee)
RB Mike Gillislee (knee)

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Did not participate
FS Tashaun Gipson (foot)
OL Patrick Omameh (illness)

Limited participation
SS Barry Church (shoulder)
RB Leonard Fournette (ankle)
DT Malik Jackson (ankle)

Full participation
QB Blake Bortles (right wrist)
LB Paul Posluszny (abdomen)

Rob Gronkowski's cameo at Syracuse-Duke game has Twitter buzzing

Rob Gronkowski's cameo at Syracuse-Duke game has Twitter buzzing

Who needs a beach vacation when you can watch college basketball in central New York?

Rob Gronkowski apparently had that same thought, as the New England Patriots tight end showed up to the Carrier Dome in full Orange regalia Saturday night to watch Syracuse battle No. 1 Duke.

Gronkowski hails from the Buffalo area -- he grew up in nearby Williamsville, N.Y. -- hence the allegiance to Syracuse, about 150 miles east on I-90.

The 29-year-old rolled in with a crew, too, as his brothers joined him in courtside seats for the high-profile matchup.

It looks like Gronk even got his own custom jersey for the occasion, a No. 4 jersey with "Gronkowski" on the back.

The star tight end doesn't have direct ties to Syracuse, as he played his college ball at Arizona. But the Gronkowski clan still has a connection to the Orange, as his father, Gordon, played football at Syracuse.

Gronkowski still hasn't decided whether he'll return for the 2019 season, and it appears he's still enjoying his time away from football with some nice quiet family time.

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Is Robert Kraft "biggest name" charged in prostitution case, after all?

Is Robert Kraft "biggest name" charged in prostitution case, after all?

Those waiting for the other shoe to drop in the Florida prostitution scandal may be stuck holding their breath.

ESPN's Adam Schefter prompted massive speculation Friday by mentioning on "SportsCenter" he was told Robert Kraft is "not the biggest name involved" in a Jupiter, Fla., bust that resulted in the New England Patriots owner being charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution.

The list of "bigger names" than Kraft, the owner of arguably the most visible franchise in North American sports, isn't a long one. So, who the heck was Schefter referring to?

Turns out those close to the investigation are wondering the same thing.

From Deadspin's interview with Palm Beach County state attorney's office spokesman Mike Edmonson:

Deadspin asked Edmondson about a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter saying he’d been “told that Robert Kraft is not the biggest name involved down there in South Florida.” Edmondson responded: “Nobody around here has any idea what [Schefter] is referring to.

Police released a list Friday of 25 people facing charges for their alleged involvement in a human trafficking ring run out of several Florida day spas. Kraft was the only notable public figure on the list, but police added they've identified at least 100 men suspected of paying prostitutes for sex as part of their months-long investigation.

That means it's still possible another high-profile figure gets connected to the scandal. But according to Edmonson, it's also possible we've already seen the biggest bombshell.

Kraft strongly denied any illegal activity in a statement Friday afternoon, but a warrant for his arrest is expected to be issued Monday, so we likely won't have closure on this case for some time.

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