Player News - Patriots

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Rob Gronkowski (illness) was "limited" in Thursday's practice.

We can't imagine Gronk's Week 12 status is in danger. He has a mouthwatering matchup in the Dolphins.
Nov 23 - 4:00 PM

Tom Brady (Achilles') returned to practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

The Pats are just managing Brady's reps. As Richard Sherman proved, playing through even a "minor" Achilles' issue can be hazardous, but there's little doubt Brady will be out there on Sunday against the Dolphins.
Nov 23 - 3:50 PM

Martellus Bennett (shoulder, hamstring) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Bennett hasn't had a full practice since coming over to the Patriots. He'll continue playing through injuries this week. Bennett has just six targets the last two games.
Nov 22 - 4:28 PM

Danny Amendola (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Amendola didn't play much in the second half last week, so he may be dealing with a setback. He's still fully expected to play Sunday. With Chris Hogan (shoulder) not expected to return, Amendola is locked into a top-three role.
Nov 22 - 4:25 PM

Tom Brady (Achilles) didn't practice Wednesday.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says Brady is "fine," but any Achilles' issue is a concern. It sounds like Brady's practice reps will be managed this week. Brady remains on track to start Sunday against Miami.
Nov 22 - 4:14 PM

Chris Hogan (shoulder) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

Hogan hasn't practiced since getting hurt in Week 8. He needs to return to practice before he has a chance to play. Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola, and Rex Burkhead will continue to soak up extra looks in Hogan's absence.
Nov 22 - 1:04 PM

Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee, injured reserve) will be evaluated this week.

In a post on Instagram, Mitchell said he is "coming," and a source told ESPN's Mike Reiss the receiver is "getting better, for sure." Mitchell has a long history of knee injuries, and he sat out most of training camp before landing on injured reserve Week 1. All of that makes it tough to know how realistic Mitchell's potential return actually is, but the Patriots could use some help with Chris Hogan (shoulder) sidelined. If he gets back, Mitchell will be a name to know in deep leagues.
Source: ESPN
Nov 21 - 10:33 AM

Former Patriots, Packers, and Cowboys WR Terry Glenn died in a car crash early Monday morning at the age of 43.

The No. 7 overall pick of the 1996 draft by the Patriots, Glenn played 12 seasons in the NFL including his final five with the Cowboys. The receiver had a tumultuous career off the field which played a role in him being suspended for New England's Super Bowl run in 2001, and he had more run-ins with the law following his retirement. He appeared to have gotten on the right track in recent years, however, and had just gotten engaged. It is a tragic situation, and our thoughts are with his family.
Source: ESPN
Nov 20 - 11:50 AM

James White rushed five times for 13 yards in the Patriots' Week 11 win over the Raiders.

His lone target fell incomplete. White has taken a clear backseat to Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead in the last couple games, and that continued this week despite Burkhead fumbling early. Once the steadiest part of New England’s backfield, White is trending toward droppable.
Nov 19 - 7:49 PM

Rex Burkhead rushed five times for 16 yards and hauled in 4-of-6 targets for 21 yards in the Patriots' Week 11 win over the Raiders.

Coming off a breakout performance last week, Burkhead committed one of the Patriots’ cardinal sins when he lost the ball on the opening drive. New England recovered, but the damage was done. Burkhead had three touches in the 12 plays before the fumble, and he touched the ball just six times the rest of the way with three of those coming on the final drive. The good news is Burkhead continued to play ahead of James White even after the miscue, and he will likely remain the 1B to Dion Lewis’ 1A moving forward. That will keep him in the FLEX conversation next week against the Dolphins.
Nov 19 - 7:47 PM

Dion Lewis rushed 10 times for 60 yards and caught all four of his targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 11 win over the Raiders.

There may have been a question about the lead back in New England on the opening drive, but a Rex Burkhead fumble pretty much gifted the backfield to Lewis, who capitalized with a good fantasy day. Lewis caught a 15-yard touchdown shortly after Burkhead’s miscue, his first receiving score of the season, and he set a season-high in targets. Already the lead back on early downs, Lewis will be an even better fantasy option if he becomes more involved as a receiver. He will be a borderline RB2 in a good matchup against the Dolphins next week.
Nov 19 - 7:46 PM

Martellus Bennett hauled in all three of his targets for 15 yards in the Patriots' Week 11 win over the Raiders.

Bennett has settled right back into New England's offense with three catches in each of his first two games back. Perhaps he breaks out for more at some point, but he is not going to be a realistic fantasy option as long as Rob Gronkowski is healthy.
Nov 19 - 7:43 PM

Rob Gronkowski hauled in all three of his targets for 36 yards in the Patriots' Week 11 win over the Raiders.

Gronkowski was surprisingly quiet in this one despite the Patriots moving the ball at will. All of his catches came in the first half, and he was not even targeted after the break as New England nursed a big lead. This was an aberration for the best tight end in the league, and he should get back on the right track next week against the Dolphins.
Nov 19 - 7:42 PM

Danny Amendola hauled in 8-of-9 targets for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 11 win over the Raiders.

Even with Chris Hogan out, Amendola did not see a big bump in targets last week against the Broncos, but that changed against Oakland, with Amendola garnering five targets in the first half and finding the end zone from five yards out in the second quarter. A non-competitive scoreline and dehydration issues limited him in the second half, but he did manage to top 50 yards for just the second time since Week 1. With Chris Hogan (shoulder) looking unlikely to return anytime soon, Amendola will be in play again next week.
Nov 19 - 7:40 PM

Brandin Cooks hauled in 6-of-9 targets for 149 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 11 win over the Raiders.

Cooks baptized the Raiders when he faced them as a member of the Saints last year, and he apparently felt they needed another sermon today. He ran by two defenders for a 52-yard catch in the second quarter, and he cooked rookie DB Obi Melifonwu for about as easy a 64-yard touchdown as possible. The only thing which kept Cooks from an even bigger day was the scoreline. With the Dolphins up next, Cooks should keep things going next week.
Nov 19 - 7:35 PM


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