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Source: Tom Brady not at TB12 while teammates next door at OTAs

Source: Tom Brady not at TB12 while teammates next door at OTAs

A source confirms that Tom Brady was not working out at his TB12 sports medicine facility at Patriot Place in Foxboro while his teammates were on the field at OTAs as was previously reported by the Boston Herald.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski, the other notable absence from OTAs, has been at the TB12 facility on the days his teammates were on the field practicing and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who participated in the first day of OTAs, has also been at TB12, according to the source.

The Herald's Karen Guregian reported on Tuesday that both Brady and Gronkowski were at TB12 on Monday, which is right next to Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots were practicing. 

Former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak of 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zolak and Bertrand" show said Brady likely wasn't even in the country this week.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Wednesday that Brady and Gronk are expected to participate in the mandatory mini-camp at Gillette June 5-7.

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Do NFL fans have Tom Brady to thank for fewer holding penalties Sunday?

Do NFL fans have Tom Brady to thank for fewer holding penalties Sunday?

You only have to connect a few dots to draw a line between Tom Brady's social media activity and a change in how NFL games were officiated Sunday.

Here's the first dot: The New England Patriots quarterback fired off two angry tweets last Thursday night complaining about an excess of "ridiculous" penalties in the Jacksonville Jaguars-Tennessee Titans game.

And here's another: The number of offensive holding penalties in Sunday's NFL games were nearly cut in half from the first two weeks of the season.

According to ESPN's Kevin Seifert, there's a story behind that statistic, as the league's senior vice president of officiating, Al Riveron, held a conference call with NFL referees Saturday night that focused on the issue of offensive holding.

Seifert notes that Riveron has held these conference calls before, so it's not like Riveron saw Brady's tweets and scrambled to change the NFL's Week 3 officiating tactics.

But Seifert also writes that Thursday's Jaguars-Titans game -- which featured 10 offensive holding calls -- was the "final straw" for Riveron and the league.

Brady arguably is the NFL's most influential player, and other players chimed in to support his criticism Thursday. So, it's not a stretch to suggest the 42-year-old's tweets -- and player sentiment as a whole -- played some role in the league deciding to take action.

For what it's worth, Sunday's Patriots-New York Jets featured four offensive holding calls, only two of which were accepted.

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Saquon Barkley injury: Giants star (ankle) could miss Patriots matchup

Saquon Barkley injury: Giants star (ankle) could miss Patriots matchup

The New York Giants may have to face the defending champions without their best offensive player.

Giants running back Saquon Barkley is expected to miss "several weeks" with a high ankle sprain he suffered Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Monday.

Dr. Jess Flynn speculated that Barkley will be sidelined for four to six weeks. Considering the Giants play the New England Patriots three weeks from now on a short week (Thursday, Oct. 10), it seems unlikely Barkley would be ready for that game.

New York earned its first win of the season Sunday under rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, who replaced Eli Manning as the Giants' starter. But losing Barkley is a crushing blow, considering his backup, Wayne Gallman, mustered just 13 yards on five carries Sunday.

Oh, and the Giants also will be up against a Patriots defense that hasn't allowed a single point so far this season.

New England won't look this Sunday's game against the undefeated Buffalo Bills and next week's matchup with the Washington Redskins, but for those peeking ahead, the Patriots' 2019 campaign just got easier.

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