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Patriots' top pick from 2017 NFL Draft could reportedly be out for the season

The Patriots' top pick likely won't play a down for them in 2017<p>It looks like the Patriots are going to have to wait until 2018 before they get to see their top pick from the 2017 NFL Draft make his debut on the field.<p>According to ESPN.com, the Patriots fear that defensive end Derek Rivers will …

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Ezekiel Elliott's suspension and appeal, explained

Here’s everything you need to know about what led to Elliott’s suspension and what comes next.<p>On Aug. 11, the NFL finally announced a six-game suspension for Ezekiel Elliott to start this season, after an investigation spanning more than a year. The suspension stems from domestic violence …

Justice

The Fall Foliage Will Be 'Spectacular' This Year

For the first time in several years, little has conspired against a truly glorious autumn.<p>New England's fall foliage forecast is looking so fine it's enough to make a maple leaf blush.<p>For the first time in several years, little has conspired against a truly glorious autumn. There's no more drought, …

Climate Change

I Jealously Resented Tom Brady For No Reason: Everything Changed When I Met Him

Tom Brady Meets Deshaun Watson<p><b>Sean Labar</b> HERO Sports @seanlabaracc<p>Last Updated - Aug 17, 2017 12:52<p>Like many non-New England Patriots fans, I grew up …

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Houston Texans vs New England Patriots: Three things to watch for

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14: Bill Belichick head coach of the New England Patriots greets Bill O'Brien head coach ofthe Houston Texans after the …

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Various possibilities for Patriots to consider to fill Derek Rivers' void

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots fear a season-ending knee injury for top draft pick Derek Rivers – the defensive end from Youngstown …

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Derek Rivers Out for Season: How the New England Patriots Replace Their Top Pick

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 05: Defensive lineman Derek Rivers of Youngstown State participates in a drill during day five of the NFL Combine at Lucas …

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Rob Gronkowski shares never told, 'legendary' story about Tom Brady

Pretty much every story about Tom Brady has been told by now, but sitting down with Fox Sports' Jay Glazer this week, Rob Gronkowski had a new one …

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Watch the Dropkick Murphys reenact the Patriots' Super Bowl XLIX win

By<p>3:23 PM<p>Get Patriots game stats and the inside scoop on the season with The Boston Globe's Point After newsletter delivered for free to your …

Questions arise at defensive end as Patriots’ Derek Rivers heads to Boston for further injury evaluation

Fred Kfoury III | Icon Sportwire<p>The severity of Derek Rivers’ injury is currently unknown at this time.<p>What is known is that he is headed back to …

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New England Patriots do not win AFC East in Madden 18 simulation

Even though Madden 18 hasn’t been released yet, there has already been a simulation of the season for the New England Patriots. One of the surest …

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Rob Gronkowski Is Willing to Pay $69K to Change His Jersey Number to 69

Tom Szczerbowski / Stringer / Getty Images<p>Rob Gronkowski, the infamous man-child, has struck again.<p>Gronk’s summer to this point has been filled with …

Rob Gronkowski

Report: Patriots fear Derek Rivers suffered a season-ending knee injury

<i>Covering the NFL for almost 20 years allows you to make relationships with a bunch of people. So I thought I'd tap into some of those people as we</i> …

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Pats preseason by the numbers

The Patriots conducted 15 practices that were open to the media during training camp, and the Herald tracked passing stats for every team period …

Danny Amendola

Belichick: Falcons' 28-3 Lead Didn't Factor Into Patriots' Offseason

BOSTON (CBS) — In one of the most shocking offseasons in Patriots history, <b>Bill Belichick</b> approached the 2017 league year as if the Patriots had lost …

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Jimmy Johnson on Bill Belichick: 'He's the best'

Bill Belichick's best sound bites<p><b>CANTON, OHIO -</b> It started, of all places, in the posh, exclusive setting of the Kentucky Derby, during the long …

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Why Bill Belichick should, and shouldn't, play Tom Brady vs. Texans

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Put yourself in Bill Belichick’s hoodie and consider the question: “When it comes to what’s best for the team, should Tom Brady …

Bill Belichick

Madden 18's New Story Mode Is Actually Pretty Touching

<i>Madden NFL 18</i> has a story mode, a first for a <i>Madden</i> game. Called "Longshot," it follows the career of fictional would-be quarterback Devin Wade. …

Former Patriots Defensive Tackle Lester Williams Dies at Age 58

Former NFL defensive tackle Lester Williams died Wednesday at his home in Birmingham, Alabama, the Patriots announced.<p>He was 58.<p>A 1982 first-round pick of the New England Patriots, Williams spent six seasons in the NFL. He played four years with the Patriots before finishing out with stints for the …

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Unlucky Colts close training camp with quarterback quandary

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts finished training camp Thursday with the same quarterback quandary they've had all year.<p>Andrew Luck is still recovering from shoulder surgery. Scott Tolzien, Phillip Walker and Stephen Morris are still taking all the snaps. And nobody is saying when Luck …

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Derek Rivers has a torn ACL, according to reports

Jim Rogash/Getty Images<p>It's not looking good for Derek Rivers.<p>The Patriots' top pick in the 2017 NFL Draft has reportedly suffered a torn ACL. He is …

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Tony Hawk was told he looks like Tom Brady

Steven Paston/Livepic / Action Images<p>Tony Hawk found himself in another awkward situation while at a restaurant recently.<p>The skateboarding legend …

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Tom Brady explains why football is now easier than ever before for him

Playing 17 seasons in the NFL, Tom Brady has seen it all.<p>There isn’t much the quarterback hasn’t faced and with all of his experience in the league, …

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Making sense of the Patriots fantasy running backs

<i>Sometime in the very near future...</i><p>"Taupe really is soothing," I say to myself as I sit in the waiting room staring with mild curiosity at a curled …

Brandon Bolden

Massarotti: Should We Make Anything Of Tom Brady’s Second-Half ‘Decline’ In Last 3 Seasons?

BOSTON (CBS) — Tom Brady’s mortality is obviously a sensitive subject, so let’s honestly try to tread lightly here. This is not about whether Brady …

Tom Brady

Around the NFL, QBs are training and eating the Tom Brady way

article<p>Players such as Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and Marcus Mariota are adopting Brady’s diet and …

Tom Brady

For future reference: Pats have history of acquiring players they face in joint practices

Now is when things get interesting.<p>On Wednesday, the Patriots finished up their joint practices with Houston. Last week, they wrapped up three days …

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Mailbag III: Return of Mailbag

From the makers of <i>Mailbag Pool Party</i> and <i>Mailbag II: Son of Mailbag</i>, we bring you <i>Mailbag III: Return of Mailbag</i>.<p>This one was especially wacky. Cage …

Sports

New England Patriots: 3 players to watch vs Houston Texans

FOXBORO, MA – AUGUST 10: Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots has words with officials during a preseason game with the Jacksonville Jaguars at …

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Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy full of confidence in pass coverage

HOUSTON — Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who has shown marked improvement with his pass coverage this offseason, was discussing the intricacies of …

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