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It's the biggest fear for players and coaches during the NFL preseason: an injury. Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher is the one unfortunately dealing with one on Thursday, after reportedly tearing his ACL in New England's first preseason game of the year. Fletcher was covering a punt early in the first quarter when he suffered the injury, which if true, likely means his season is over. Last season, the 25-year-old recorded 32 tackles in 10 games for the Pats. With Fletcher's injury, rookie linebacker Dont'a Hightower will likely have to shoulder a bigger load for Bill Belichick's defense.

Dane Fletcher tears ACL in preseason opener

Ian Rappaport of the NFL Network is reporting that LB Dane Fletcher suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the first quarter of Thursday's preseason game against the New Orleans Saints. The Patriots won 7-6, but a loss like this to kick off the season is never a good sign. Fletcher started the game at ILB, but his injury occurred while on the punt unit. Tough break...

Scott Zolak Officially Named To Replace Gino Cappelletti

Chad Finn had it last week, but WBZ-FM made it official this morning when they named Scott Zolak to be the Patriots color analyst alongside Gil Santos this season. Here is the release: SCOTT ZOLAK NAMED COLOR COMMENTATOR FOR THE PATRIOTS RADIO NETWORK on 98.5 THE SPORTS HUB! Zolak Joins Veteran Play-by-Play Announcer Gil Santos in the Booth 98.5 The Sports Hub is the Official Flagship...

Joe Vitt Says Patriots the 'Microsoft' of NFL, Bill Belichick the 'Bill Walsh of My Era'

The Patriots and Saints both heaped praise on each other after practicing together on Wednesday, but New Orleans interim head coach Joe Vitt is particularly impressed with how New England operates. "This franchise that we're going against is the Microsoft of our industry, what they've done," Vitt said. "Bill Belichick is the coach of my era. He's the Don...

Tom Brady Hit Hard & Fumbles in First Series Of 2012 Pre Season

A.B. First big Brady hit of the “season” is a blindside sandwich fumble. Which is exactly why in a Belichick utopia, Brady would only take 5 snaps max during each pre-season game. I’m pretty sure that everyone in New England stopped breathing for a few seconds there.

New England Patriots Mailbag -- Early results are in - ESPN Boston

New England Patriots Mailbag -- Early results are in - ESPN Boston: Another guy to keep an eye on...

Things to watch in the Patriots first preseason game

Tonight is the first chance to see players like Chandler Jones in a Patriots’ uniform Football is back New England Patriots’ fans. Granted, it is a preseason game and for the most part no one really cares what happens, but there is something exciting about the first preseason game. It is the first time for the fans to see their team back on the field and a preview of what is...

Report: Tom Brady to Play in Preseason Opener Against Saints

Tom Brady isn't taking his time this year. According to Greg Bedard, Brady will play on Thursday night when the Pats line up against the Saints at Gillette Stadium. Brady didn't play last summer in the team's preseason opener. Bedard also notes that Brady played 17 snaps against the Saints in the 2010 opener.

Vote: Which New Patriot Are You Most Excited to See in Thursday's Preseason Opener?

The Patriots have been hitting a different-colored jersey for a few days now, but it will be official on Thursday when they kick off their preseason games against the New Orleans Saints. While Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are among the familiar faces that fans are looking forward to seeing back at Gillette Stadium, this game will also offer a glimpse at some newcomers making their...

Saints' Mark Ingram Likes Patriots' Running Back Corps (Video)

While, just like every year, the Patriots came into training camp with most of the focus on star quarterback Tom Brady, there are a number of position battles within the club that probably have a little bit less drama than the starting QB role. One of those battles is at the running back position, where Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen (no relation to Ben Vereen, as far as we know...

Patriots 7, Saints 6: Reynolds' Reaction

Offensive line a major concern: Quarterback Tom Brady was under duress for the majority of the 19 plays he was on the field, and was crushed by Will Smith at the end of his first series. This breakdown on the offensive line lead to a fumble and a turnover. Tackle Nate Solder seemed to struggle on the outside, drawing two holding penalties (one of which negated a 17 yard strike from...

Patriots Edge Saints in Preseason Opener

In a meaningless August preseason game between two of the NFL’s normally most potent offenses, the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots struggled with Patriots pulling out a 7-6 win at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on Thursday night. The Saints got on the board first in the opening quarter when Patriots QB Tom Brady was sacked, as he seems prone to do, coughed up the ball...

Patriots Deefeat Saints 7-6

The New England Patriots used their ground game to run over the New Orleans Saints Thursday night. Patriots won 7-6 in their preseason home opener.
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