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New England Patriots fullback James Develin watches from the sidelines in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

Without Develin, Patriots plan to be flexible at fullback

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The loss of James Develin to a broken right tibia left the New England Patriots without a fullback on the roster. Sort of. “Playing fullback sometimes you see the fullback line up at tight end (and) tight ends line up at fullback,” tight end Rob Gronkowski said this week. “It’s all what you can do as a player. You’ve got to do your job so the more you can do, the better off you are. Develin, injured in Friday night’s game at Carolina, was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday and will miss the entire season. The Patriots could line up backup …

Patriots ready for Brady or no Brady

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – No matter U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman’s ruling, the New England Patriots are prepared to move forward with or without star quarterback Tom Brady. Brady’s fate will be decided sometime in the next few days, but until then the Patriots are “going about our business as usual,” second-year quarterback …

No settlement: Goodell, Brady await ‘Deflategate’ ruling

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NEW YORK – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attended last-minute settlement talks between the NFL and its players union Monday before a judge announced he would decide the dispute over deflated footballs with a ruling in a day or two. Everyone involved “tried quite hard” to reach …

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 …

Off-field troubles continue to plague NFL after miserable 2014

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Shattered cellphones. Fireworks accidents. Failed drug tests. The NFL’s endless aggravation raged through an offseason marked by more crime and punishment, rules violations by owners, and the never-ending “Deflategate” saga. The latest black eye came from Pro Bowl …

Letter: Way to go, Goodell

Monday, August 3, 2015

I am sooooo relieved that Roger Goodell and the NFL made the right decision to uphold New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s suspension. If it looks like a duck, smells like a duck and acts like a duck, it’s probably duck. Cheating their way through their last two …

Fired-up Brady talks trash, celebrates at Patriots camp

Sunday, August 2, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady trash-talked to Super Bowl star Malcolm Butler. He celebrated a second-team touchdown on a goal-line drill by raising his arms and hollering. Sure, Brady’s impending four-game suspension and upcoming court case continue to …

Mum Brady sharp in Patriots’ first padded practice

Sunday, August 2, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Two things were certain Saturday when the New England Patriots put on pads for the first time at training camp: The home fans sure do love Tom Brady, and the quarterback’s suspension and court case …

Patriots circle wagons in camp and focus on football

Saturday, August 1, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots say they have more to worry about during training camp than the status of their star quarterback’s lawsuit against the NFL and the team’s image around the league. The defending Super …

Judge orders Goodell, Brady appear in court Aug. 12, 19

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NEW YORK – The federal judge handling Tom Brady’s attempt to overturn his four-game suspension ordered the New England quarterback and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to appear in court twice in mid-August. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman told the sides Friday he had scheduled conferences Aug. 12 …

Will Tom Brady, NFLPA prevail in court? Legal experts say it’s a long shot

Friday, July 31, 2015

The NFL and the players’ union have become so accustomed to facing one another in court that a single lawsuit wasn’t enough for them in the Tom Brady case. Instead, the league and union filed dueling lawsuits in federal courts in New York and Minnesota over Brady’s four-game …