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Second ex-Pats OT to make free-agent visit to Cowboys

Second ex-Pats OT to make free-agent visit to Cowboys

The Patriots, who lost left tackle Nate Solder to the Giants last week, have a couple of his possible replacements, Cameron Fleming and LaAdrian Waddle, reportedly making free-agent visits to the Dallas Cowboys.

The Fleming visit was reported Sunday. On Monday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Waddle will be joining his former Patriots teammate in Dallas.

Replacing Solder is obviously a key part of the Patriots offseason and retaining Waddle or Fleming could figure into those plans. Waddle, who turns 27 in July, was signed from the Detroit Lions in 2016 and appeared in 12 games last year, starting four. Fleming, a fourth-round Pats pick from Stamford in 2014, turns 26 in September and also played in 12 games last season, starting six.


 

Quick Slants The Podcast: Mayo on how Belichick and locker room handle a heartbreaking loss

Quick Slants The Podcast: Mayo on how Belichick and locker room handle a heartbreaking loss

Ex-Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo talks with Tom E. Curran about what it’s like being a player on the Pats following a devastating loss. He also relates his decision to retire to what Rob Gronkowski could be debating. 

1:30:  Jerod Mayo weighs in on who’s to blame for Dolphins miracle final play (5:30) Jerod gives player perspective on what locker room is like following a loss like that (10:30) Why did the Patriots run game struggle against the Dolphins? (17:00) Jerod Mayo relates his decision to retire to what Rob Gronkowski could be debating.

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Ben Roethlisberger injury: Steelers QB expected to play vs. Patriots

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Ben Roethlisberger injury: Steelers QB expected to play vs. Patriots

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a rib injury in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders, but he is expected to play in Week 15 when his team hosts the rival New England Patriots at Heinz Field.

Here's the latest on Roethlisberger's injury:

Roethlisberger has struggled against the Patriots throughout his career. He's 2-8 versus Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, including losses in the AFC Championship Game in 2004 and 2016. 

Big Ben nearly pulled of a game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter when these teams met at Heinz Field last season, but he threw an interception in the end zone that sealed a New England victory. 

The Steelers have lost three consecutive games and would actually fall out of a playoff spot if they lose to the Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

RELATED: Latest injury update for Steelers RB James Conner

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