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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick walks on the field during an NFL football training camp practice at Gillette Stadium, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo)

Tim O’Sullivan: Even in the offseason, Patriots (and their rivals) are right in the spotlight

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Offseason? What offseason? Sure, we know the NFL gets year-round coverage now, but the chatter and headlines swirling around the Patriots in the last month has taken the attention to another level. There’s been a tampering charge counter punch, rule changes pointing toward Foxborough, rivalries rekindled and seismic free agent moves. Here’s a breakdown of the recent action, starting with the laughable and ending with the essential. ∎ When New York Jets owner Woody Johnson filed tampering charges against the Patriots on Tuesday, it had the feel of kindergarten name-calling gone wild. Johnson claimed New England owner Robert Kraft was tampering when he commented on Darrelle …

Patriots linebacker Hightower has shoulder surgery, could miss season opener

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower could miss the start of the 2015 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right labrum. According to the Boston Globe, the surgery was performed on Feb. 10; the expected recovery time is 6-7 months. Hightower played through the injury during the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory and made a game-saving tackle on Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch in …

Revis: Patriots’ offer ‘wasn’t in the ballpark’ of what he was looking for

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Darrelle Revis provided some insight into the negotiations he had with the New England Patriots before and after free agency yesterday, and said the Patriots weren’t close to the competition in their efforts to keep the All-Pro cornerback. “We tried to work on a deal, and the deal, we felt that it wasn’t in the ballpark of what we were looking for,” Revis …

Letter: Political football

Thursday, March 5, 2015

You’ve got to hand it to the New England Patriots. Patriots players are chosen for their ability, not preconceived ethnic background or other inconsequential consideration. Each player possesses qualities which, taken together, make a great team. Now translate that concept to health care. Is it important to care …

NFL Films releases Patriots Super Bowl DVD

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots fans who can’t get enough of the team’s Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks now have a chance to watch not just Malcolm Butler’s game-clinching interception but all of the key plays during the season that led up to it. The …

Patriots put franchise tag on Pro Bowler Gostkowski

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The New England Patriots placed the franchise tag on three-time Pro Bowl kicker Stephen Gostkowski yesterday. The team said in an unattributed statement that the move gives the sides more time to negotiate an agreement. If no deal …

Colts talked to league about footballs before AFC title game

Friday, February 20, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – General Manager Ryan Grigson said yesterday that the Colts had contacted NFL officials before last month’s AFC championship game about their concerns with New England’s game balls. Grigson did not say how the team was tipped …

Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi to appear in Concord

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Former Pro Bowl linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who helped the New England Patriots win three Super Bowls before retiring in 2008, will appear in Concord on March 16 at 6 p.m. to raise money for the American Stroke Association. …

Super Bowl hero (but not MVP) Malcolm Butler gets new truck

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

NORWOOD, Mass. – Malcolm Butler intercepted the delivery of Tom Brady’s new truck. Brady earned the prize for winning the Super Bowl MVP for the third time. He led the Patriots to a 28-24 victory over the Seattle …

Gronkowski spikes puck as Bruins honor champion Patriots

Sunday, February 8, 2015

BOSTON – Rob Gronkowski puck-tuated a Super Bowl victory with a spike on the ice. The star tight end and several of his New England Patriots teammates were honored by the Bruins before their game against the New …

NFL fines Irvin, 3 others for roles in Super Bowl shoving

Saturday, February 7, 2015

NEW YORK – Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin was fined $10,000 by the NFL for his role in a scuffle with 18 seconds left in the Super Bowl. Three other players received lesser fines. Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett and New England Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and …

Bill Belichick set for David Letterman appearance

Friday, February 6, 2015

NEW YORK – Bill Belichick will appear on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday night. The New England coach led the Patriots to their fourth Super Bowl title Sunday night. He last visited Letterman in February …

Ray Duckler: ‘In Brady we trust,’ and the Patriots, who brought another one home

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The warehouse laborer in the Boston coffee shop, his voice as gravely as a back road, never tried to hide the doubt he once felt. Tom Brady, the superstar quarterback, once looked his age. The Patriots, the NFL’s …

Brady: ‘I would love to’ give Malcolm Butler MVP truck

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

BOSTON – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he “would love to” give the truck he got for winning his third Super Bowl MVP to defensive back Malcolm Butler. Butler made the game-saving interception at the goal line in …

Patriots special teams coach Scott O’Brien retires

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots special teams coach Scott O’Brien is retiring after 24 seasons in the NFL. Joe Judge will replace him. He had been O’Brien’s assistant since 2012. The team made the announcement yesterday, two days after the Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks, 28-24, in …