Found October 17, 2013 on Ex Pats:
Leadership starts at the top and no one in sports is a better example of that than Robert Kraft. Ever since he became the owner of the New England Patriots, Kraft has built a legacy around good business sense, smart managing of personnel, and a strong moral grounding that has since become known as the Patriot Way. That is what makes his friendship with teenager Sam Berns all the more unsurprising, yet inspiring. Berns has progeria, a condition which accelerates his aging by a factor of eight. He's sixteen, but he looks eighty. And he and Robert Kraft have become incredibly close. We could give an entire synopsis of the tale, but Rick Reilly of ESPN wrote this piece, and it would be a shame to cut out most of it: When Sam was 2, his parents were told that he probably wouldn't make it past 13, the usual life expectancy for the one in 4 million kids born with progeria. They were told that he would be a living time lapse. His skin would wrinkle, his eyesight...

Is Danny Amendola the biggest free agent bust since Alvin Harper?

When the New England Patriots signed Danny Amendola to replace Wes Welker they were hoping for the same type of production, but they knew when they signed him, he has not had one season in the NFL where he played more than 12 games. They let Wes Welker go, and he currently leads the NFL […]

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 […]

Danny Amendola Listed on Injury Report With Concussion, Receiver Missed Practice

FOXBORO, Mass. — It appeared obvious at the time, but now we can put an official title on Danny Amendola‘s injury. The receiver has a concussion. Amendola, Dan Connolly (concussion), Tommy Kelly (knee), Aqib Talib (hip) and Leon Washington (ankle) all missed practice. Brandon Bolden (knee), Julian Edelman (thigh), Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm), Michael Hoomanawanui ...

Worst Fears Come True: Jerod Mayo Out for the Season

  According to, there was a chance that if Jerod Mayo's pectoral injury was not too severe, then the two-time pro bowler would be able to begin lifting again in six weeks and could make a return to the field in eight weeks. That won't be happening. The Patriots have lost another team captain for the season, placing Mayo on injured reserve.  New England has now...

Rob Ninkovich, Devin McCourty Officially Named Patriots Defensive Captains

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...

Patriots receivers at the top of the league in dropped passes

BARRY CHIN/GLOBE STAFF Bad passes and drops. So far that's been the story of the Patriots offense. Certainly, the evidence would back that up. Tom Brady is currently completing just 56.9% of his passes, the lowest mark of his career. A lot of that has to do with some rookie wide receivers who haven't been able to catch the ball. According to NBC Sports, the Patriots...

Dane Fletcher Says He’s a ‘Special Teams Guy Right Now’ and Other Notes From Patriots Locker Room

FOXBORO, Mass. — With Jerod Mayo lost for the season, it’s another case of “next man up” for the Patriots at linebacker. Jamie Collins has received the most snaps as a reserve linebacker, though many have assumed fourth-year linebacker Dane Fletcher will get a heavier workload Since he’s only played 12 snaps on defense this season, Fletcher said he doesn’t know how...

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

Patriots fans may finally see the triumphant return of Rob Gronkowski this weekend. Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed in a text message to multiple media outlets that the tight end has been cleared by doctors to play this Sunday against the Jets. Drew Rosenhaus said, "Rob Gronkowski has now been cleared by all his doctors to play Sunday in the Jets game."—...

Rosenhaus refutes Gronk, Pats spat

The murmurs about Rob Gronkowski's playing status have quieted down quite a bit this week, but his agent Drew Rosenhaus wanted to clear the air on all the supposed controversy. Rosenhaus joined the Joe Rose Show as he does weekly on WQAM in Miami on Thursday to discuss all things NFL. As has become a recurring theme this season, Rosenhaus was asked about Gronkowski and all the...

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

Mike Petraglia of reports that New England Patriots shutdown cornerback, Aqib Talib, will miss Sunday’s game against the New York Jets while Mike Reiss via twitter reports tight end Rob Gronkowski is “cleared” to play. Talib suffered a hip flexor strain last Sunday against the New Orleans Saints and has not practiced all week. The injury to Talib is a rotten cherry...

Aqib Talib Returns To Practice Friday

New England cornerback Aqib Talib (hip injury) returned to practice on Friday after missing the first two sessions this week.Fantasy Spin:Talib isn't likely to be 100 percent by kickouff and the Pats may try to squeeze past the Jets without him. Given Bill Belichick's communication with the media, we probably won't know for sure until inactives are announced Sunday morning.

Football Gameplan’s 2013 NFL Week 2 Preview - Jets vs...

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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...

Rex: Creativity a must in rematch with Brady

The New York Jets held Tom Brady to just 185 passing yard in Week 2, but ultimately unraveled down the stretch en route to a 13-10 in Foxborough. If Rex Ryan and company hope to pull the upset on the return leg of the AFC East matchup, the Jets will need to get creative defensively to keep Brady and the Patriots on their heels.
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