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Patriots place Langi on non-football injury list, promote LB Reilly

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Patriots place Langi on non-football injury list, promote LB Reilly

FOXBORO -- The Patriots placed Harvey Langi, who was injured in a car crash earlier this month, on the non-football injury list Wednesday. That freed a spot on the team's active roster for practice-squad linebacker Trevor Reilly to be promoted.

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Langi appeared to be in line to serve as a depth edge defender and special-teamer for the Patriots before suffering what has been reported as head and neck injuries following an accident two weeks ago. Langi and his wife were stopped at a traffic light when they were rear-ended by another vehicle and then collided with a third car. The couple had to be freed from their car with the Jaws of Life and were hospitalized with serious injuries. 

Reilly was re-signed to the Patriots practice squad earlier this month. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder spent time on the Patriots practice squad last season before being signed to the Dolphins active roster in December. He began this year on the Miami practice squad.

Taking Reilly's spot to round out the 10-man practice squad is defensive lineman Mike Purcell, who was present at Wednesday's rainy outdoor practice. He has appeared in 25 games with eight starts for the 49ers  since 2014 and totaled 48 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble before being released on May 2. Since then he's spent time with the Rams, the Bears practice squad and the Panthers practice squad. 

NFL, NFLPA issue joint statement regarding 'anthem issue'

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NFL, NFLPA issue joint statement regarding 'anthem issue'

Hours after it was announced the Dolphins would discipline players for protesting the National Anthem, the NFL and NFLPA issued a joint statement regarding the anthem policy.

In the statement, the two sides say they are "working on a resolution to the anthem issue" but "no new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing."

The players' association filed a grievance against the league last week for the anthem policy.

Read the entire statement below:

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James Harrison on Tom Brady: 'I wanted to hate him... he's the ultimate teammate'

James Harrison on Tom Brady: 'I wanted to hate him... he's the ultimate teammate'

James Harrison didn't spend much time as a member of the Patriots, but during his brief tenure in New England he became a fan of Tom Brady.

Harrison, who spent 14 years with the Steelers before joining the Pats at the end of the 2017 season, talked about Brady on FOX Sports' "Undisputed." The five-time Pro Bowler admitted he wanted to hate Brady, but the Patriots QB was "the ultimate teammate and person."

"I wanted to hate this dude," Harrison said. "The whole time I'm playing in Pittsburgh I'm like, I hate Brady. Everyone's like 'oh he's such a great guy, he's such a nice guy.' We got LeGarrette [Blount] and I'm like 'what's up with Tom Brady?' He's like 'oh man he's such a great guy' and I'm like "stop lying to me."

Harrison, Skip Bayless, and Shannon Sharpe went on to talk about the TB12 Method and why Brady was so successful vs the Steelers.

Watch the full video below:

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