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FOXBORO, Mass. -- Of all the places where fullback Lousaka Polite figured he could end up, New England might have been near the bottom of the list. Polite's position has become something of a dying breed, and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick hasn't carried a fullback on the roster since 2008 when Heath Evans was still around. Belichick has instead opted for positional versatility, using offensive linemen, linebackers, tight ends and bigger running backs in the fullback role. So, when the Patriots signed Polite this week, it was a bit of a surprise. "You could end up anywhere, and that's...

Does New England Patriots QB Tom Brady have a shoulder separation?

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady skipped practice on Wednesday, instead opting to have X-rays taken on his non-throwing shoulder, having an examination to determine if he does indeed have a shoulder separation. According to bear writer Tom Curran on Twitter, Brady “was later told he was all set”. Brady injured his shoulder on a run last Sunday late in the game against...

Patriots DE Shaun Ellis explains how to continue playing without knowing if you’re playing

Patriots DE Shaun Ellis reappeared on the radar last week. He had three tackles and a sack, filling in for defensive end Andre Carter, who is out for the season. It was tough for Ellis, who said he never wanted to get back on the field because of an injury. But he was happy to get back on the field in general, after being on the sidelines for several weeks. Colleague Karen Guregian...

Tom Brady Named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

Here's the release from the New England Patriots about QB Tom Brady being named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week: FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today that Tom Brady has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week by the National Football league for his performance in the Patriots' 27-24 victory over the Miami Dolphins last Saturday. It is...

Another look at Patriots QB Tom Brady’s left shoulder…

Yesterday, Patriots QB Tom Brady missed practice and we all assumed it was because of the left shoulder that he banged at the end of Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. Except the team announced his absence was not injury-related. No worries, right? Well, Brady won’t practice today, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that it is because of his ailing left shoulder. He says the...

Rob Gronkowski Conference Call Transcript

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski addresses the Buffalo media during his conference call on Wednesday, December 28, 2011.

Tom Brady Press Conference Transcript

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady addresses the media during his press conference at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, December 28, 2011.

Mankins unlikely to play

FOXBOROUGH - The Patriots will very likely be without Pro Bowl left guard Logan Mankins for their regular-season finale against the Bills Sunday. League sources confirmed that he sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee against the Dolphins in last Saturday’s win.

Brady attending practice

Patriots QB Tom Brady, who was widely reported will be a non-participant at practice Thursday to rest an ailing non-throwing shoulder, is in attendance per MikeReiss QB Tom Brady is present at the start of practice today, Mike Rodak reports.   MikeReiss The lone two players not present for the start of practice are G Logan Mankins and OT Sebastian Vollmer, Mike...

Patriots, 49ers dominate Pro Bowl rosters

Tom Brady is one of eight Patriots and Patrick Willis one of eight 49ers to make the Pro Bowl, the most on each roster.

8 Patriots and 49ers lead Pro Bowl rosters

Tom Brady is one of eight Patriots and Patrick Willis one of eight 49ers to make the Pro Bowl, the most on each roster.
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