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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, walks toward Patriots wide receiver Reggie Wayne, right, during an NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Patriots place extra importance on third preseason game

Thursday, August 27, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Bill Belichick is looking for some major improvement from the New England Patriots as they head to Carolina for Friday night’s third preseason game. “We weren’t very good on either side of the ball, or in the kicking game,” the coach said Wednesday when talking about last week’s 26-24 victory at New Orleans. New England’s first-teamers were …

Patriots trade draft pick to Lions for tackle Michael Williams

Thursday, August 27, 2015

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The New England Patriots acquired tackle Michael Williams from the Detroit Lions for a draft pick on Wednesday. The Lions took Williams in the seventh round of the 2013 draft, but he has not played in an NFL game. Williams played tight end at Alabama, catching 51 passes in four seasons and even returning a handful of kickoffs. But …

Reggie Wayne looking forward to fresh start with Patriots

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Reggie Wayne said he was talking to several NFL teams before deciding to sign a one-year contract with the New England Patriots. “There were a lot of serious calls, from some good teams, but I felt like this was the best place,” Wayne said Tuesday before joining his new team …

Tom Brady and Roger Goodell in court as judge pokes holes in ‘Deflategate’ case

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A federal judge put the NFL on the defensive over its four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Wednesday, demanding to know what evidence directly links Brady to deflating footballs and belittling the drama of …

Patriots ready to hit players wearing other jerseys

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots are ready to hit players wearing other jerseys. “It’s always fun,” defensive end Rob Ninkovich said Tuesday, after the Patriots finished their final full workout before the defending Super Bowl champions’ …

Patriots get OL Groy from Bears for Wells

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The New England Patriots acquired guard Ryan Groy from the Chicago Bears for rookie linebacker Matthew Wells. Groy appeared in four games as a rookie last season. Wells was drafted in the sixth round out of Mississippi State. He had 45 tackles and four sacks …

Patriots release QB Flynn, sign former Cardinal Lindley

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Still unsure of the status of Tom Brady and with the preseason opener coming up, the New England Patriots released veteran quarterback Matt Flynn on Monday and signed Ryan Lindley to replace him as the team’s third-stringer. Flynn signed with the Patriots on June 12, …

Belichick: Long injury list linked to Super Bowl run

Saturday, August 8, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – There were 23 players missing from New England Patriots practice on Saturday when running back Travaris Cadet walked off the field with a trainer and kicked the ground in disgust. With more than a quarter …

Amendola guns for key spot in Patriots’ arsenal with day-by-day approach

Saturday, August 8, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Danny Amendola celebrated a one-handed touchdown catch at New England Patriots camp Friday by getting up and firing the ball into the stands. That’s worth a fine during games. Not in training camp. “It was …

Cadet hoping to fit into Patriots’ backfield

Friday, August 7, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Travaris Cadet says a 2012 joint practice with the New England Patriots helped him decide on his new home for the 2015 season. “I had a chance to practice here in 2012, even though I …

Ravens deny ‘tipping off’ Colts about deflated footballs

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Baltimore Ravens deny they tipped off the Indianapolis Colts about underinflated footballs before the AFC championship game. Court papers released Tuesday in New England quarterback Tom Brady’s lawsuit against the NFL over his four-game suspension show that …

Cornerback competition heats up in Patriots’ training camp

Thursday, August 6, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Devin McCourty is ready to change the subject. Like his coach Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots safety is focusing on this year’s team and not the players who got away, like cornerbacks Darrelle Revis …

By misleading public on Brady, Goodell proves himself untrustworthy

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Last week, I relied on the word of Roger Goodell. I won’t make that mistake again. When the NFL commissioner issued his 20-page decision to uphold Tom Brady’s suspension, I was asked to whip up some thoughts that …

Gronk happy to have contract settled, ready to play ball

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Rob Gronkowski was asked if he dances his way to the bank with a $4 million New England Patriots’ check in his pocket. “I guess so,” the smiling tight end said Tuesday, talking about his …

Brady testimony in NFL ‘Deflategate’ released

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NEW YORK – Tom Brady denied under oath to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that he tampered with footballs before the AFC title game, and investigator Ted Wells said in a transcript that he never warned the New England …