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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski to Miss Sunday’s Affair Against Chicago

The Patriots will be without one of their biggest targets on Sunday as they battle to take on the Bears, as reports say that tight end Rob Gronkowski didn’t make the team’s trip to Chicago.

Gronk wasn’t on the team flight because of the back injury he’s been nursing, according to multiple reports. Gronkowski has also been dealing with an ankle injury, but it appears to be the back injury that kept him from making the trip.

Although the Patriots haven’t officially ruled Gronkowski out, it seems very unlikely he would play. It is possible he could travel separately, without the team, but that’s rare.

Gronkowski is leading the Patriots with 405 receiving yards this season, and New England will miss him if forced to play without him.

It will be interesting to see what the offensive gameplan looks like with the big guy in the lineup.

Patriots Announce Fan Who Threw Beer on Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill Gets Lifetime Suspension From Stadium

The Patriots have announced a lifetime ban on a fan who threw beer on Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill shortly after Hill scored a 75-yard touchdown at Gillette Stadium according to Herbie Teope of NFL.com.
The Patriots swiftly identified the fan on video and sent out a memo Monday morning saying they had sent the perpetrator a letter of “disinvite” to all future events at the stadium. They also advised that the matter has been turned over to local law enforcement officials for further review.

Moments before the incident, Hill was at top speed as he crossed the goal line. His momentum carried him through the end zone to the fence that separates the fans from the playing field, where he came to a stop after using both hands to brace himself. Once there, replay showed other fans throwing up the middle finger in Hill’s face before a spectator to the wide receiver’s right side threw beer from a cup. To his credit, Hill did not retaliate despite the unruly greeting at the barrier.

The Patriots came back to defeat the Chiefs 43-40 in an instant classic that firmly established the Chiefs and the Pats as the top two teams in the AFC. If there is a rematch in New England in the playoffs, however, we know of one Patriots fan who will definitely not be in attendance.

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Dunkin Donuts Cups Celebrating the Eagles Super Bowl Win Accidentally Sent to Boston Area Stores

The Super Bowl feelings are still very raw for both the Patriots and the Eagles, and today there’s even more salt in the wound for Pats fans, as reports state that (on accident) cups celebrating the Super Bowl win for the Eagles were sent to Boston area Dunkin Donuts.

Here’s the tweet with the ‘accident,’ reported on twitter today.

Video: Watch Randy Moss’ Hall of Fame Speech as He Joins the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Randy Moss delivers a powerful speech at the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, praising his mother for all she did and stressing the importance of providing for his family.

He also tells the young members of his family “I’m here now” after 14 years of spending time away in the NFL and thanks former coach Bill Belichick for inspiring him to be his best self on and off the field.

Patriots Release Veteran Wide Out Jordan Matthews

Wide receiver Jordan Matthews, who injured his hamstring in Sunday’s fourth practice of training camp, was released by the Patriots on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports via Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports.

The Boston Globe first reported the transaction.

Matthews had signed a one-year, $1 million contract ($300,000 guaranteed) with the Patriots in April, and was vying for a roster spot at a position headlined by Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan. With Edelman set to serve a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s PED policy to open the season, some viewed that as possibly increasing Matthews’ chances of sticking.

But after catching a touchdown pass from quarterback Tom Brady in Saturday’s practice, and being greeted by Brady with an embrace, Matthews’ hamstring injury the following day has contributed to derailing those plans.

Matthews’ injury also likely contributed to the Patriots bringing veteran free-agent Eric Decker to town for a workout on Monday.

Patriots Come to Terms with First-Round Draft Pick RB Sony Michel

The Patriots have signed the second of their first-round draft picks, Georgia running back Sony Michel.

New England selected Michel 31st overall, eight spots after taking one of his college blocker, Isaiah Wynn.

Michel is expected to be a major contributor in the backfield after the Patriots lost running back Dion Lewis in free agency.

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Michel was third on Georgia’s all-time rushing list with 3,688 yards. Last season, he played in 14 games with two starts while splitting time with Nick Chubb, who was drafted in the second round by Cleveland. Michel finished with 1,227 yards on 156 carries (7.9-yard average).

Patriots Won’t Work With Another Team in a Joint Practice This Summer During the Preseason

Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork are walking to training camp practice today!
(Photo From Patriots.com)

Coming off a Super Bowl appearance in which they lost a tough game to the champion Philadelphia Eagles, the Patriots are still in the hunt to not only make it back to the big game, but this time get the job done again and win it.

Many betting sites predict that the Patriots will be back in the Super Bowl in February, but just like after any Super Bowl loss, the team is looking to do some tweaking to their summer schedule.

That schedule for the first time since 2012 will not include joint practices with another team in the league, something that the team has used to not only get the veterans ready, but also to take a long look at the young players and even the draft picks on the teams’ roster.

The typical routine for the Patriots in the summer is for them to work out with a team sometime between the first and second preseason game, but this year they have decided to go in another direction.

Oddly enough the teams’ second preseason game is a home game in Foxboro against the champion Eagles, and it might be that the team (knowing that the Eagles are a threat again to get to the big game) does not want to show Philly anything that they can use against them down the road should there be a Super Bowl rematch.

It is a stretch, but it is logical knowing that Bill Belichick never likes to show teams much of anything that even six months before the Super Bowl he doesn’t want any film floating around to a team they may face well down the road.

The Patriots first preseason game is another home game, this time against the Washington Redskins, another NFC East team, but one that is not expected to be anywhere near as much of a contender as the Eagles are in 2018.

One interesting note about when that Pats work with a team is that every time they have met another team in camp since 2010, they’ve later taken a chance on an opposing player they saw during those practices.

That chance to scout other teams won’t happen in 2018, but in the mind of Belichick and the coaching staff, it might mean more to work with their own team than with another.