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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 …

Patriots open camp, try to ignore ‘Deflategate’ noise

Friday, July 31, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Fans drove to Gillette Stadium past a booth selling “Free Tom Brady” T-shirts. Then, when they arrived for the New England Patriots’ first training camp practice on Thursday, they let the star quarterback know how …

Full text of Patriots owner Kraft’s statement about Brady

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The full text of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s statement Wednesday after quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension was upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: In light of yesterday’s league ruling, I felt it was important to make a statement today, prior to the start …

Statement released by Tom Brady

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Full text of the statement released Wednesday by Tom Brady: I am very disappointed by the NFL’s decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one in the …

Players who could make breakthroughs in 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

If you’re not sure where Le’Veon Bell and Justin Forsett came from to reach the top of the NFL rushing charts, this will be helpful. If you couldn’t identify Jerry Hughes or Tashaun Gipson before they burst through …

Patriots sign cornerback Tarell Brown

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots signed free-agent cornerback Tarell Brown on Wednesday. Terms of the deal weren’t announced. The 30-year-old Brown spent last season with the Oakland Raiders after seven years with the San Francisco 49ers. Brown has made 61 starts in 114 career games with …

Brady fights on, files lawsuit to stop suspension

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady took the fight over his “Deflategate” suspension to social media and federal court on Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying “I was wrong to …

Winter Classic to bring Bruins, Canadiens to home of Pats

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Winter Classic is coming to the home of the New England Patriots. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joined officials from the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday to say the Original Six rivals would …

Brady’s future actions could lead to Patriots limbo

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

This isn’t over. Not by a long shot. Roger Goodell’s decision to uphold Tom Brady’s four-game suspension is not likely the end of the deflated footballs saga. Brady appears headed to court seeking to overturn the suspension, and …

Patriots fans defiant after ‘Deflategate’ ruling

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BOSTON – Patriots fans are steamed after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Tom Brady’s four-game suspension Tuesday. In bars across downtown Boston, denizens of Patriots Nation expressed surprise and anger at the ruling while still holding out hope their beloved quarterback would be vindicated – either in the …

Hall of Fame limits Seau’s daughter’s comments to video

Friday, July 24, 2015

Junior Seau’s daughter will be commenting only on a video when her late father enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 8. Citing previous policies on posthumous inductions, the Hall is limiting Sydney Seau’s comments to a video presentation about the former linebacker who committed suicide …

As Brady awaits suspension ruling, his jersey is NFL’s top-seller

Friday, July 24, 2015

Tom Brady’s status for the start of the National Football League season remains in question. His popularity does not. Brady had the NFL’s top-selling merchandise in the financial quarter ended May 31, the NFL Players Association said Thursday in an emailed statement. It’s the first time in Brady’s …

Brady appeal deal unlikely as league source says support for 4-game ban is considerable

Friday, July 24, 2015

The chances that a negotiated settlement of Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game “DeflateGate” suspension will be completed between the NFL and the players’ union are viewed as small by some connected with the case, while there is …