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Patriots injury report: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski limited Wednesday

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Patriots injury report: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski limited Wednesday

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen, and safety Patrick Chung all were limited in practice Wednesday with injuries.

The Patriots did have perfect attendance at Wednesday's session, however.

Brady, Gronkowski and Chung all played in the team's Week 13 win over the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium. Brady has not missed a game this season. Gronkowski has missed three and Chung has missed one.

Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard did not practice Wednesday due to a knee injury. He's one of the best defensive backs in the NFL.

Sunday's game is the second meeting between the Patriots and Dolphins this season. New England won the first matchup 38-7 at home in Week 4. 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
TE Dwayne Allen (knee)
QB Tom Brady (knee)
S Patrick Chung (shoulder)
TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle/back)

FULL PARTICIPATION
WR Julian Edelman (foot)

MIAMI DOLPHINS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Xavien Howard (knee)
DE Cameron Wake (not injury related)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
CB Cornell Armstrong (knee)
C Jake Brendel (calf)
RB Kenyan Drake (shoulder)
WR DeVante Parker (shoulder)
C Travis Swanson (ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION
T Ja'Wuan James (knee)
S Reshad Jones (shoulder)
G Ted Larsen (neck)
CB Bobby McCain (knee)
QB Ryan Tannehill (right shoulder)
T Laremy Tunsil (knee)

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Terrell Owens 'would love to talk to (Antonio Brown) personally'

Terrell Owens 'would love to talk to (Antonio Brown) personally'

Antonio Brown is no longer a member of the New England Patriots and declared that he is done with the NFL in a tweetstorm on Sunday morning. But it seems that the NFL might not quite be done with him.

There have been rumors that several teams would be interested in signing Brown pending his legal situation. And now, one of the best receivers in the NFL history, Terrell Owens, is expressing an interest in talking with him amid his recent issues on and off the field.

"I would love to talk to (Antonio Brown) personally," Owens said recently, per Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area. "We all go through life and we are going to make mistakes. They are going to be things that we look back upon. I am sure he will get to that point in his life but he has to do what’s best for himself. I understand to a degree what he’s doing and what’s going on with him."

Owens, of course, had numerous run-ins with his coaches and the media over the course of his NFL career. His flamboyant personality and propensity for showboating did get him an excess of media attention, so from that perspective, he understands Brown.

Owens would go on to say that anything he shares with Brown would be "private" and that he viewed Brown as innocent until proven guilty.

"If I share anything with Antonio it will be in private," Owens said. "Antonio is a good friend of mine it is unfortunate what is going on. I will say the guy is innocent until proven guilty just even with everything that has transpired with him."

We'll see if anything comes out of Owens' attempts to connect with Brown. Either way, Brown is no longer with the Patriots after his antics and it remains to be seen if another NFL team will actually be willing to take a chance on him.

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Phillip Dorsett believes he caught the target/reception streak-ending pass vs Jets

Phillip Dorsett believes he caught the target/reception streak-ending pass vs Jets

Phillip Dorsett came into Sunday's matchup with the Jets holding a Patriots franchise-best streak of consecutive targets caught. Developing trust with Tom Brady is paramount for any receiver on this team, and if Dorsett's 23-target reception streak proved anything, it was that Brady could trust him. 

Dorsett extended his streak to 26 straight targets caught with two short gainers and a 25-yard touchdown against the Jets, but the streak ended in controversial fashion during the third quarter. 

Attempting to convert on third down, Brady threw a low pass to Dorsett that the wide receiver managed to corral for a first down. However, the pass was called incomplete and the ruling was upheld after further review. 

After the game, Dorsett explained how he thought he made the catch, but he was more upset the ruling cost his team a third-down conversion. 

Dorsett finished with six catches on the day for 53 yards and a touchdown, increasing his impressive season totals to 13 catches for 187 yards and three touchdowns. As Dorsett and Josh Gordon continue to come into their own with Brady, the Patriots offense should find the task of replacing Rob Gronkowski a bit easier.

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