Found October 18, 2013 on Patriots Life:
Season-ending injuries to Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo briefly left the Patriots without a defensive captain. The team has now announced that Rob Ninkovich and Devin McCourty will serve as captains for the rest of the season. With captains Vince Wilfork & Jerod Mayo on IR, Devin McCourty & Rob Ninkovich have been named defensive captains. — New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 18, 2013 The news isn't surprising for either player. McCourty, whose promotion was previously reported here by our own Liam Cunningham, has received lavish praise in the past from Bill Belichick for his leadership skills. The fourth year pro has also emerged as one of the best safeties in the league for the Patriots suddenly stingy pass defense. Ninkovich wears the same number (50) as Patriots great Mike Vrabel and his career has followed a similar trajectory. After bouncing around early in his career, largely as a special teams player, "Nink" found himself a home in New England, w...

New England Patriots: Week 7 Preview, Prediction

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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is finally cleared to play by Doctors

Tom Brady has a smile that goes from ear to ear, and I don’t blame him. Good luck New York Jets, your battle just got a lot harder.  Rob Gronkowski is the best tight end in the game when healthy. In the past few years he has been banged up quite a bit, suffering some […]

How The New England Patriots Will (try to) Replace Jerod Mayo

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Round Table: Mayo's Injury Impact

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Rob Gronkowski Cleared to Play Sunday Against Jets, According to Agent Drew Rosenhaus

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Rosenhaus refutes Gronk, Pats spat

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Patriots’ Aqib Talib likely out for Sunday, Rob Gronkowski cleared to play

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Aqib Talib Returns To Practice Friday

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Rob Gronkowski cleared by doctors, will play vs Jets

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots are getting some much-needed help, as Rob Gronkowski is set to make his highly-anticipated return. Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus said via text that his client is ready to go. “Rob Gronkowski has now been cleared by all his doctors to play Sunday in the Jets game,” agent Drew […]

Injury Lottery

This is the time of year I enjoy playing what I call, Injury Lottery. I look at all the injured free agents who will return this year, and I pick out my favorite and hold him on my roster until he is healthy. Like every year, this season has plenty of good injured players. You could go the long-term route, with Randall Cobb or Shane Vereen. Vereen won’t be back for at least a month...
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