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Rob Gronkowski takes subtle dig at Bill Belichick with fitting comparison

Rob Gronkowski takes subtle dig at Bill Belichick with fitting comparison

Rob Gronkowski can speak freely about the New England Patriots in retirement. And he didn't exactly leave a glowing review of his former boss.

The ex-Patriots tight end, two weeks into his new gig as an "NFL on FOX" analyst, was asked Sunday to describe New England head coach Bill Belichick.

Gronk responded by comparing Belichick to ... the Grinch.

"He’s always trying to take away the fun sometimes, because it’s all business," Gronkowski said. "(He's) taking away the fun and then here I come, you know, all jolly. I’m Santa Claus, Ho Ho Ho!"

Gronk delivered this line jokingly, but history suggests there's some truth behind it. The former tight end reportedly had a strained relationship with Belichick prior to the 2018 season and admitted he didn't enjoy many parts of his Patriots experience over the last two years.

Did Belichick steal Gronk's joy for football like the Grinch stole Christmas? Not entirely, as the 30-year-old's myriad injuries also led to his retirement.

Now that he's no longer in New England, though, Gronkowski has no problem admitting the mastermind head coach isn't always fun to work for.

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Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

It's no longer a mystery who will kick for the New England Patriots vs. the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Patriots are expected to officially re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Folk was released by the team and replaced with Kai Forbath prior to last week's game vs. the Houston Texans after undergoing an appendectomy.

In three games with the Patriots this season, Folk has made seven of nine field goals and all three extra-point attempts. 

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Patriots vs. Chiefs Week 14 injury report confirms Tom Brady's toe is fine

Patriots vs. Chiefs Week 14 injury report confirms Tom Brady's toe is fine

Tom Brady apparently wasn't lying when he suggested his toe injury is nothing to worry about.

The 42-year-old quarterback wasn't listed on the New England Patriots' final injury report Friday ahead of their game against the Kansas City Chiefs after popping up on Thursday's injury report with toe and elbow injuries.

The Patriots officially ruled out center Ted Karras (sprained MCL) and defensive lineman Byron Cowart (head) for Sunday's game, while the Chiefs will be without running back Damien Williams and cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Rashad Felton.

New England listed six players as questionable for Patriots-Chiefs, including wide receivers Julian Edelman (shoulder) and Mohamed Sanu (ankle) and offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (illness).

The good news for the Patriots is the flu bug appears to have stopped spreading; backup quarterback Cody Kessler wasn't on Friday's injury report after appearing on Thursday's report due to illness, leaving Cannon as the only player still under the weather.

Here are the full injury reports for both teams entering their Week 14 matchup at Gillette Stadium.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-2)

OUT
DL Byron Cowart, Head (DNP)
OL Ted Karras, Knee (DNP)

DOUBTFUL
No Players Listed.

QUESTIONABLE
LB Ja'Whaun Bentley, Knee (LP)
OT Marcus Cannon, Illness (LP)
S Patrick Chung, Heel (LP)
WR Julian Edelman, Shoulder (LP)
CB Jason McCourty, Groin (LP)
WR Mohamed Sanu, Ankle (LP)

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-4)

OUT
CB Morris Claiborne, Shoulder (DNP)
CB Rashad Fenton, Hamstring (DNP)
RB Damien Williams, Rib (DNP)

DOUBTFUL
No Players Listed

QUESTIONABLE
DE Frank Clark, Shoulder/Illness (DNP)

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