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Patriots LB Dane Fletcher is expected to open the season on reserve/PUP.

Reserve/PUP would cost Fletcher the first six games of the season. A core special teamer and reserve linebacker, Fletcher tore his ACL late last year. He finished 2014 with 39 tackles and a half-sack, making four starts.
Source: WEEI Boston
Jul 31 - 9:03 PM

Coach Bill Belichick said WR Aaron Dobson reported to camp in "great shape" and "put himself in good position."

Dobson's first two seasons were ruined by injuries. By all accounts, he's healthy for 2015. He'll have to keep it that way as he competes for a role behind Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell. Dobson will be a player to keep an eye on in camp and preseason after the Patriots didn't add any receiver help.
Jul 31 - 10:22 AM

Patriots ILB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) was participating as training camp opened Thursday.

Hightower's Week 1 status was previously thought to be in doubt, so he's far ahead of schedule off February surgery. He had six sacks and 89 tackles in just 12 games last year.
Jul 30 - 11:50 AM

A Minnesota judge has transferred the NFLPA's Tom Brady lawsuit back to New York.

The NFLPA filed the suit in Minnesota in an effort to get Judge David Doty, who has historically sided with the Player's Association. U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle saw through that, kicking the case back to Manhattan where the NFL preemptively filed. "The Court sees little reason for this action to have been commenced in Minnesota at all," Kyle wrote. "Brady plays for a team in Massachusetts; the Union is headquartered in Washington, D.C.; the NFL is headquartered in New York; the arbitration proceedings took place in New York; and the award was issued in New York." It's a win for the NFL as the real legal battle gets going.
Jul 30 - 9:56 AM

Patriots RT Sebastian Vollmer (shoulder) is participating as camp opens.

Vollmer underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum shortly after the Super Bowl. The top-11 tackle per PFF's grades is ready to go on the right side, opposite left tackle Nate Solder.
Jul 30 - 9:24 AM

The Boston Globe hears LeGarrette Blount did not pass his conditioning test Wednesday.

Players had to run 20 sprints of 50 yards in under eight seconds each. Blount only did 12, so he was placed on active/NFI. He'll be activated as soon as he passes the test.
Jul 30 - 8:08 AM

Patriots placed RB LeGarrette Blount on the active/NFI list.

Blount was a full participant in offseason workouts, but must have suffered an injury after minicamp. It's possible he's dealing with a day-to-day situation. Brandon Bolden and Jonas Gray will see more reps while Blount is sidelined.
Source: WEEI.com
Jul 29 - 6:08 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, "inside the building" there is a belief at Patriots headquarters that suspended QB Tom Brady "ends up on the field."

RapSheet isn't specific about when the Patriots expect Brady "on the field," but this presumably is in reference to Week 1. The Patriots are staying optimistic that Brady's four-game suspension could be overturned or postponed in a court of law. We've seen betting books take the Patriots' Opening Day game against the Steelers off the board while the situation plays out.
Jul 29 - 11:52 AM

After watching Jimmy Garoppolo's 2014 snaps, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah compared the second-year signal caller to Trent Green.

Jeremiah was impressed by Garoppolo's "quick feet," quickness through progressions, and ability to "extend plays." Garoppolo impressed last preseason and is slated to start the Patriots' first four games with Tom Brady on suspension. Brady is continuing to fight the ban, however. Garoppolo would make for an intriguing QB1 streamer in Week 1 against the defense-deficient Steelers.
Jul 29 - 11:47 AM

Patriots owner Robert Kraft released a statement Wednesday, saying the "decision" by the NFL to uphold Tom Brady's four-game suspension is "unfathomable to me."

Known to be tight with commissioner Roger Goodell, Kraft unloaded on the league. "Six months removed from the AFC Championship game, the league still has no hard evidence of anybody doing anything to tamper with the psi level of footballs," he said. "The league’s handling of this entire process has been extremely frustrating and disconcerting. ... there are those in the league office who are more determined to prove that they were right rather than admit any culpability ... Back in May, I had to make a difficult decision that I now regret. I tried to do what I thought was right. I chose not to take legal action. I wanted to return the focus to football. ... I was willing to accept the harshest penalty in the history of the NFL for an alleged ball violation because I believed it would help exonerate Tom. ... I was wrong to put my faith in the league."
Jul 29 - 11:21 AM

Suspended QB Tom Brady wrote on Facebook Wednesday morning, "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 Patriots organization did either."

"...To try and reconcile the record and fully cooperate with the investigation after I was disciplined in May, we turned over detailed pages of cell phone records and all of the emails that Mr. [Ted] Wells requested," Brady continued. "...There is no "smoking gun" and this controversy is manufactured to distract from the fact they have zero evidence of wrongdoing. I authorized the NFLPA to make a settlement offer to the NFL so that we could avoid going to court and put this inconsequential issue behind us as we move forward into this season. The discipline was upheld without any counter offer. I respect the Commissioner's authority, but he also has to respect the CBA and my rights as a private citizen. I will not allow my unfair discipline to become a precedent for other NFL players without a fight." Brady also explained his "destroyed" cell phone in his response, saying he simply replaced an old, broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6.
Jul 29 - 8:30 AM

PFT's Mike Florio reports the NFL offered suspended QB Tom Brady a two-game reduction on his four-game suspension in exchange for a guilty admission.

Per Florio's source, Brady had to admit to having knowledge of whatever ball men John Jastremski and Jim McNally were doing to the footballs, admit to failing to cooperate with the Ted Wells investigation and then apologize. Brady's ban would have then dropped to at least two games and possibly one. It appears Brady is dead-set on taking the NFL to court to get his suspension wiped out completely or he's going to take the heat and sit the four games.
Jul 28 - 8:55 PM

NFL Network reports the sides were "moving close" to a settlement that would have reduced Tom Brady's suspension to one game, but that the league refused to "seal" the records.

For its part, the NFLPA called the report "rubbish." In a searing and vitriolic statement Tuesday afternoon, the players association also officially announced it would be appealing Brady's suspension to federal court.
Jul 28 - 5:41 PM

The New York Daily News reports Tom Brady will "definitely" file for an injunction to stay his four-game suspension while the legal process plays out.

The league has already sought to "confirm" Brady's suspension in federal court, while Brady is prepared to file a lawsuit of his own. We're nowhere near the end of this melodrama, which has been given the gravity of an international incident.
Jul 28 - 4:09 PM

Bloomberg's Scott Soshnick reports the NFL has asked the U.S. District Court in Manhattan to "confirm" Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

In other words, they're suing Brady before he can sue them. Brady's 2014-15 decision to slightly under-inflate his footballs has resulted in an all-out war with the league. The SportsBusiness Journal's Daniel Kaplan speculates the league's suit is designed to get the matter out of judge David Doty's jurisdiction in Minnesota. Doty has often been a thorn in the NFL's side. Brady's case is looking a bit shaky amidst the revelation he intentionally destroyed his phone on the day of his meeting with investigator Ted Wells.
Jul 28 - 3:37 PM


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