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Tom Brady offers message of encouragement to Kevin Durant after injury

Tom Brady offers message of encouragement to Kevin Durant after injury

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady knows a little bit about what Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant is going through right now.

Durant had surgery Wednesday for a ruptured Achilles injury suffered early in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals on Monday night. The injury likely will keep KD out for most, if not all, of the 2019-20 season.

Brady also has suffered a significant injury in his career. The six-time Super Bowl champion tore his ACL in Week 1 of the 2008 NFL season and didn't return until the following year. Brady offered words of encouragement for Durant with a comment on Warriors star's latest Instagram post.

Check out Brady's message in the photo below:

The Warriors will resume their NBA Finals series against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night. Golden State trails 3-2 in the series, but the Game 6 atmposhere at Oracle Arena -- which will be the last ever game at the building before the team moves into a new one next season -- could give the two-time defending champions the emotional lift needed to force a Game 7 back in Toronto.

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Five Patriots plays among Top 30 on NFL 100 list

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Five Patriots plays among Top 30 on NFL 100 list

Last week, the NFL released all but the Top 30 of its 100 greatest plays as part of its 100th-anniversary celebration. Seven plays involving the Patriots cracked that list.

This week, it was a countdown of plays 30 to 1 and the Pats found themselves well-represented again. 

The list was selected by a panel of 50 voters (the same panel that votes for the NFL Awards and the All-Pro team), including our own Tom E. Curran, who listed his Top 20 plays earlier this summer, here. Voters were given a ballot of 100 plays and asked to rank 50.

The rest of the countdowns on NFL Network continue next week with Greatest Games (Sept. 27 & Oct. 4), Characters (Oct. 11 & Oct. 18), Game-Changers (Oct. 25 & Nov. 1) and Teams (Nov. 8 & Nov. 15).

The No. 1 play was Franco Harris' "Immaculate Reception" touchdown in the Pittsburgh Steelers' December 1972 playoff victory over the Oakland Raiders.

 

 

Report: Antonio Brown's latest incident 'enraged' Robert Kraft

Report: Antonio Brown's latest incident 'enraged' Robert Kraft

The Patriots gave Antonio Brown a shot at redemption when they signed him earlier this month, then another when they kept the wide receiver amid allegations of sexual assault.

But on Friday, enough was enough. When intimidating text messages sent by Brown to one of his accusers leaked to the public, that was the final straw.

Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft came to the conclusion cutting ties with Brown was in the best interest of the team. According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, the decision stemmed from Kraft being "enraged" upon hearing about Brown's latest incident.

Howe writes:

Kraft, who was on a business trip, became enraged Friday when he heard the details of Brown’s most recently reported incident of text messaging harassment of a former female acquaintance. Kraft and Belichick spoke and decided together to officially release Brown just 11 days after the Patriots signed the controversial star receiver, according to sources.

Shortly before the release was announced, Belichick walked off the podium in the middle of his press conference following a flurry of questions related to Brown. He did note, however, “There are some things that we’re looking into.”

Brown's tenure in New England lasted only 11 days and one game -- last Sunday's 43-0 win over the Dolphins. Now, he's again a free agent faced with hoping another team will be willing to give him yet another chance.

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