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Who's the next man up for Patriots as Thuney deals with foot injury?

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Who's the next man up for Patriots as Thuney deals with foot injury?

The left side of the Patriots offensive line is going to have a very different look when OTA workouts kick off later this month. 

According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, left guard Joe Thuney is preparing for upcoming foot surgery that "isn't considered anything that should threaten his availability for the 2018 season," but will keep him off the field during passing camp practices. 

Thuney played all but five snaps last season (1354 total) at left guard alongside left tackle Nate Solder. But when the Patriots take the field in shorts, t-shirts and helmets on May 21 for the start of Phase Three of the offseason program, there will be two new bodies to the left of center David Andrews. 

Even if Thuney isn't expected to miss regular-season action, how the Patriots handle his left guard spot in the short term will be noteworthy.

Bill Belichick and Dante Scarnecchia could, in the interest of getting their five best linemen on the field, use first-round pick Isaiah Wynn at left guard. Wynn figures to be a top option to replace Solder at left tackle, but he played both guard and tackle on the left side while at the University of Georgia. That would leave tackles Trent Brown, LaAdrian Waddle, Cole Croston and Matt Tobin to battle for left tackle work. 

The Patriots could also give Wynn an honest shot at becoming the solution at left tackle -- something we argued they should do soon after Wynn was drafted -- and try Ted Karras (last year's primary backup on the interior), Luke Bowanko (free-agent addition in his fifth year) or Jason King (about three months on the Patriots practice squad last season) at left guard. 

Croston is another interesting option for the Patriots to use on the interior. An undrafted rookie out of Iowa last season, Croston practiced both at guard and tackle in his first year as a pro. He held onto an active roster spot all season despite not seeing any snaps of consequence. The team liked him enough not to expose him to waivers at any point in 2017, and they could envision him taking on a more significant role in his second season.

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Chiefs' wild loss to Rams bodes well for Patriots' No.1 seed odds

Chiefs' wild loss to Rams bodes well for Patriots' No.1 seed odds

Monday night's historic matchup between the Chiefs and Rams was one that viewers didn't want to end, but the Patriots have to be satisfied with the result.

The Rams finished off a shootout for the ages with a 54-51 victory over Kansas City. The Chiefs' second loss of the season certainly makes things easier on the Patriots as they come out of their bye week.

If the Patriots win out and the Chiefs lose one more game, New England can earn the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Both teams have challenges ahead on their respective schedules.

Here's the Pats' schedule for the rest of the season:

Nov. 25: at Jets

Dec. 2: vs Vikings

Dec. 9: at Dolphins

Dec. 16: at Steelers 

Dec. 23: vs Bills

Dec. 30: vs Jets

And here's the Chiefs' schedule:

Dec. 2: at Raiders

Dec. 9: vs Ravens

Dec. 13: vs Chargers

Dec. 23: at Seahawks

Dec. 30: vs Raiders

The Patriots' biggest hurdles likely will be the Vikings and Steelers, while the Chiefs have their own tough matchups vs the Ravens and Chargers, followed by a trip to Seattle.

The Pats own the tiebreaker vs the Chiefs, as they beat Kansas City 43-40 back on October 14.

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Tom Brady reveals the defensive player he sees in his nightmares

Tom Brady reveals the defensive player he sees in his nightmares

Tom Brady has seen his fair share of terrifying linebackers and defensive linemen in his day.

During his interview on Westwood One with Jim Gray in which he and Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald fielded questions from firefighters, Brady revealed the defensive player he feared most in his career.

"There's been a lot of them, Brady said." You know what the problem with those d-linemen is? They're all faster than me, because I'm pretty damn slow. But the one guy that I wouldn't want chasing me down would probably be Ray Lewis, because he played with a vengeance. When he got to me, he wanted to make sure he knew that he got to me, and he usually cleaned my clock pretty good. So he's the one who would probably be in my nightmares."

Ray Lewis probably is a popular choice among quarterbacks, so no real shocker there. However, Brady's preference for actor he'd most like to play him in a movie might be a bit more surprising.

"I'm going with Mark Wahlberg," Brady answered. "A Boston legend, Dorchester, just grind-it-out kind of guy, so he'd be my choice."

Sounds like Wahlberg has a gig lined up for whenever the TB12 movie begins production.

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