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Patriots inactives for Week 1 vs Steelers: Kyle Van Noy and Demaryius Thomas OUT

Patriots inactives for Week 1 vs Steelers: Kyle Van Noy and Demaryius Thomas OUT

As the Patriots get set to begin their sixth Super Bowl championship defense on Sunday night, a few important pieces on both sides of the ball won't be suiting up. 

On their list of inactive players, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and linebacker Kyle Van Noy headline the group. Thomas is still recovering from a hamstring issue while Kyle Van Noy is out because his wife is in labor, per Jeff Howe

Tight end Matt LaCosse was not expected to play Sunday night because of an ankle injury, but it appears he'll be active for the first time since the preseason opener. Rookies Damien Harris and Joejuan Williams will have to wait to make their NFL debuts. 

INACTIVE:
WR Demaryius Thomas
LB Kyle Van Noy
CB Joejuan Williams
RB Damien Harris
OT Korey Cunningham
S Obi Melinfonwu
DT Byron Cowart

Kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. EST at Gillette Stadium, as the Patriots raise another banner and face off against the only other franchise in the NFL with six Super Bowl championships. 

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Patriots release statement in response to Bengals' videotaping allegations

Patriots release statement in response to Bengals' videotaping allegations

The New England Patriots have released an official statement in response to the Cincinnati Bengals' allegations of videotaping their sideline.

The statement explains that a three-person video crew was sent to Cleveland for the Bengals-Browns game to film a feature on the Pats scouting department for Patriots.com's "Do Your Job" series.

The Patriots acknowledge that their failure to inform the Bengals of the taping was an "unintended oversight" and admit the video crew unknowingly broke league rules by filming the field from the press box. They also echoed head coach Bill Belichick's statement that the team is independent of the production crew.

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Read the full statement below:

The NFL currently is investigating the matter, but this appears to be a giant misunderstanding based on what Belichick and the Patriots organization had to say.

The Patriots (10-3) will visit the Bengals (1-12) for their Week 15 matchup on Sunday.

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Tom Brady addresses boos from Patriots fans: 'They have every right'

Tom Brady addresses boos from Patriots fans: 'They have every right'

It had been quite a while since the Gillette Stadium crowd booed their beloved New England Patriots. After all, the Pats rode a 21-game home win streak into Sunday's game vs. the Kansas CIty Chiefs.

But the boos were loud and clear at the end of the first half with the offensive sputtering and the Patriots trailing 20-7. In his Monday appearance on Westwood One with Jim Gray, quarterback Tom Brady shared his thoughts on the harsh reaction from the fans in Foxboro.

"Well that's part of being in sports is everybody's got a chance to cheer you or boo you," Brady told Gray. "There's been plenty of times where they've been cheering us and again, you take the good with the bad. They have every right to boo when we're not playing the way that we're capable.

"For me, I'm focused on what I've got to do to go in there and do a better job. We've been through it before, it won't be the last time and that's OK it doesn't hurt our feelings."

Does Brady hear the boos?

"Yeah, you have 70,000 people out there. It's pretty loud," Brady said with a laugh. "But, you know, that's what fans do."

If anyone understands the lofty expectations that come with playing in New England, it's No. 12.

The Patriots will visit the Cincinnati Bengals for their Week 15 matchup, so fortunately they won't have to worry about the boo birds from their own fans on Sunday. If they return home after falling to a 1-12 team, however, that'll be a different story.

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