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Tom Brady has dealt with a cold for the last few days but never missed practice.

Tommy has a case of the sniffles and will also have to use a fully inflated football against the Seahawks Sunday. We're not sure how he'll survive these dual obstacles.
Jan 26 - 12:18 PM

Coach Bill Belichick said the Patriots "followed every rule" in their process of preparing game balls for the AFC Championship.

The Patriots called a press conference on Saturday to announce the results of an internal investigation into 'DeflateGate.' Belichick believes the Patriots' game-day process for preparing footballs artificially created a 1.5 pound difference in PSI, which led to the balls being inflated less in the second half. The NFL's investigation into the situation remains ongoing, but there's unlikely to be any resolution before the Super Bowl. New England would be subject to lost draft picks if the league determines they illegally deflated footballs.
Jan 24 - 3:53 PM

Patriots C Bryan Stork (knee) is listed as questionable on New England's bye-week injury report.

Stork is on track to return after missing the AFC Championship Game. He practiced on a limited basis the last two days and will be ready for the Super Bowl.
Jan 23 - 5:21 PM

Brandon LaFell (shoulder, toe) is listed as questionable on the Patriots' bye-week injury report.

LaFell was limited in practice throughout the week. He hasn't had any setbacks and is fully expected to play next Sunday. LaFell will have a tough Super Bowl matchup, running routes against Byron Maxwell and Richard Sherman.
Jan 23 - 5:03 PM

The NFL issued a statement Friday on "DeflateGate," saying it's been determined that footballs used by the Patriots in the second half of Sunday's AFC Championship Game were properly inflated, but footballs used by the Patriots in the first half were "under-inflated."

The investigation is being led by Ted Wells and Jeff Pash. Wells and Pash have interviewed 40 people, and their investigation remains "ongoing" with no timetable for a resolution. Per the initial statement, "The goals of the investigation will be to determine the explanation for why footballs used in the game were not in compliance with the playing rules and specifically whether any noncompliance was the result of deliberate action." The Patriots have publicly denied altering footballs at any point before or during last Sunday's game.
Jan 23 - 2:04 PM

The Boston Herald suggests the Patriots will ask ILB Jerod Mayo to take a pay cut this offseason.

It's a near-certainty New England will do this, as Mayo is scheduled to count $10.6 million against the 2015 cap. He tore his patellar tendon in Week 6, one year after tearing his pectoral. Mayo's been limited to 12 games the past two seasons. With Mayo out, the Patriots have been using Donta' Hightower and Jamie Collins as their inside 'backer duo. Both play every snap and are playing at an elite level, possibly leaving Mayo without a job. He's purely a two-down, downhill run-stopper.
Jan 23 - 11:20 AM

Colts ILB D'Qwell Jackson says he didn't notice anything unusual about the ball he intercepted in Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

Jackson was rumored to be the reason the investigation started, but says that's not the case. "I definitely wouldn't be able to tell if one ball had less pressure than another," Jackson said. "It wouldn't have changed the outcome of the game. They outplayed us. ... I don't feel slighted at all personally." If only the rest of America shared Jackson's desire to move on.
Jan 22 - 7:36 PM

Brandon LaFell (shoulder, toe) was limited in Thursday's practice.

LaFell did not aggravate his injuries in New England's AFC Championship Game victory. His status is not a concern for Super Bowl XLIX.
Jan 22 - 7:28 PM

Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane doesn't believe Rob Gronkowski is "that good."

Oh. "He’s OK," Lane conceded. "But he does have a big body, and from what I’ve seen on tape, he don’t like your hands being put on him. So if we put our hands on him and shake him up a little bit, he won’t catch that many balls as he should." We doubt Gronk had ever heard of Lane before today, but he might have something special for him in Super Bowl XLIX. Few teams search for bulletin board material as voraciously as the Pats. Lane has offered up some of the dumbest in recent memory.
Jan 22 - 6:42 PM

Tom Brady denied any wrongdoing stemming from allegations of football deflation by the Patriots at his Thursday press conference.

"I have no knowledge of wrongdoing," said a shaken Brady, who conceded he's disappointed the ball-deflation allegations have taken away from New England's on-field success. Brady said he saw 24 footballs before Sunday's AFC title game, and all of them "felt perfect." Brady's presser comes one day after Patriots coach Bill Belichick flatly denied altering footballs in the playoffs. The NFL's investigation remains ongoing.
Jan 22 - 4:32 PM

Patriots C Bryan Stork (knee) is practicing Thursday.

He was officially limited. Stork missed the AFC Championship game, leaving versatile reserve Ryan Wendell to step in and play every snap under center. Stork, the fourth-round rookie who was PFF's No. 23 center among 41 qualifiers this season, is on track to return for the Feb. 1 Super Bowl.
Jan 22 - 12:41 PM

Coach Bill Belichick said he has "no explanation" for why 11-of-12 Patriots game balls were inflated significantly less than the league requires during the AFC Championship Game.

In a surreal press conference that lasted 11 minutes, Belichick faced the media like an accused villain. He repeatedly said he had no knowledge whatsoever about deflated footballs and didn't hear about the investigation until Monday morning. "In my entire coaching career, never talked to any player or staff member about football air pressure," Belichick said. Of course, Roger Goodell has repeatedly made clear that ignorance isn't an excuse. Now the buck gets passed to Tom Brady, who Belichick said would be able to answer questions about how he likes his footballs. Brady is scheduled to address the media at 4pm ET Thursday. Expect him to claim no knowledge as well, leaving the guillotine to drop on a ball boy aka The Lone Gunman.
Jan 22 - 9:51 AM

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports the Ravens tipped off the Colts about the Patriots' alleged practice of deflating footballs.

The NFL reportedly planned to test the Patriots' footballs at halftime, entering the AFC Championship game. There is still debate about whether a team would truly benefit from deflated footballs among players and NFL types. Either way, it's clear opponents have noticed a difference in the air inflating balls the Patriots have played with. The NFL's investigation is "ongoing."
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 21 - 8:34 PM

Sources tell ESPN that 11-of-12 Patriots game balls were inflated significantly less than the league requires during Sunday's AFC Championship Game win over the Colts.

Each team must provide its game balls to referees two hours and 15 minutes before every game. After that inspection, no alterations are allowed. The NFL's investigation reportedly found that the Patriots' footballs were underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch of air less than what's required by the NFL. The speculation is that they did this on purpose so Tom Brady and his receivers would have an easier time throwing and gripping in rainy conditions. It didn't matter as the Pats physically dominated the Colts 45-7, but results don't alter intent. In 2007, Bill Belichick was fined $500K for having an assistant spy on the Jets' defensive signals. This time, the team could lose draft picks.
Jan 21 - 1:47 AM

The league hopes to conclude its investigation into whether the Patriots illegally deflated balls in Sunday's AFC Championship Game within the next 2-3 days.

"The team is in place in New England now interviewing staff members," were the words of league official Troy Vincent. "We obviously want to get that on the table, get that behind us so that we can really get back to the game itself." The Pats are at risk of losing draft picks if the league determines there was malfeasance. Master that he is, coach Bill Belichick's history of skirting the rules won't earn him the benefit of the doubt.
Jan 20 - 3:11 PM

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