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Tom Brady reveals piece of equipment he's most superstitious about

Tom Brady reveals piece of equipment he's most superstitious about

The Antonio Brown helmet saga has been a prominent NFL storyline over the last month, but the Oakland Raiders wide receiver is far from the only player attached to a certain piece of equipment.

In fact, even Tom Brady himself is superstitious when it comes to the equipment he takes with him on the field every Sunday. Like Brown, Brady isn't a fan of the league's new helmet rule, but there's another piece of equipment the Patriots quarterback couldn't imagine playing without.

In an exclusive interview on Quick Slants the Podcast with NBC Sports Boston's own Tom E. Curran, Brady explained why he's so attached to his shoulder pads.

"I've worn them for 25 years," Brady said. "They've gotten reconditioned a little bit, but I think once you find something you like, you kind of stick with it. I've always kind of liked the way they felt, the shape of them. People have tried to put me in a lot of other ones."

For those keeping track, 25 years means Brady has worn the same shoulder pads since his first year at Michigan in 1995.

One would think after taking so many hits over such a long period of time, the pads may not provide the same kind of protection they once offered the 42-year-old QB. Brady didn't seem all that concerned.

"They reconditioned [the shoulder pads] a little bit, but that's the same plastic," he said. "Same size. And sometimes the models change, and they don't make the same ones as they used to."

Fortunately, the NFL hasn't forced Brady to change his pads like it made him change his helmet. Brady opened up about why that was such a difficult transition to make.

"I've been wearing the same thing for, you know, forever," he said. "You get used to one thing, one feel ... this [helmet] is a pound heavier, so it's 25 percent heavier on your head. That takes a lot of getting used to. I wish it was lighter. I tried to make it lighter and they couldn't make it lighter.

"I mean, add 25 percent to everything. Add 25 percent to your pen, or 25 percent smaller keys on your keyboard, and tell me how that feels. It's a little different."

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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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