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Patriots Hosting Steelers All-Time Sack Leader James Harrison for a Visit

In what you could label ‘Sleeping with the Enemy,’ today the Patriots are chatting with the Steelers all-time sack leader James Harrison, who was released on Saturday by the team in a surprising move.

ESPN’s Field Yates broke the news that Harrison is in Foxboro today, and that he could be a player who could give New England some pass rushing help as they get set for the playoffs.

The 39-year-old signed on with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State back in 2002, and was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year back in 2008, the season the Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII.

After a season with the Bengals and a brief retirement, the Steelers re-signed him to a two-year, $3.5 million contract that included $500,000 guarantee this past March before he was waived last week.

In 2017, Harrison has appeared in five games and recorded three tackles and one sack for the Steelers.

Patriots QB Tom Brady Impressed with the 4-0 Start of Former Teammate Jimmy Garoppolo in San Francisco

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been impressed with his former understudy, Jimmy Garoppolo, who has posted a 4-0 record in his first four starts with the 49ers, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports.

“He’s done a great job. You go in there and get the opportunity to play and win games, that’s what we’re all here for,” Brady said in his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI. “It was good to see, and good for them to beat Jacksonville [Sunday]. That certainly helped us. I’m really happy for Jimmy. He’s worked really hard and it shows up when he goes out there and plays really well.”

Asked how Garoppolo’s success reflects on the Patriots, Brady said: “I think it’s really a credit to him. You do what you can with the opportunities you get. I think it’s great for any player and anyone who has been in the Patriots’ system to watch how the coaches prepare the players. There is obviously a high standard and high expectations for us any time you take the field.”

“Any time you’re in a winning environment that definitely helps and I think guys really enjoy that. You take what you can and try to use it in other places if that’s where you go. Like I said, I think what they’re doing is a credit to them. I don’t think anyone should take credit for what those guys have accomplished.”

Both RB White and WR Hogan Questionable for Bills Game Sunday

Patriots running back James White and wide receiver Chris Hogan are listed as questionable for the team’s Week 16 game against the Buffalo Bills according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.

White played through his ankle injury last week and is likely to do so this week. He practiced on a limited basis and could have an expanded role with Rex Burkhead definitely out until at least the playoffs.

Hogan has yet to get in a full practice since his Week 14 setback as he struggles to return from a shoulder injury. He is on track to play against the Bills but how much action he sees is a matter of conjecture.

Video: Mike Golic on Why Tom Brady’s Associate Alex Guerrero Can No Longer Treat Patriots Players

Mike Golic explains that there are still questions surrounding why Alex Guerrero can no longer treat Patriots players, but it may have been because too many players were his clients.

Patriots Place Starting RT Marcus Cannon on Injured Reserve

Patriots starting right tackle Marcus Cannon, who has been sidelined since injuring his ankle in a game Oct. 29, was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said earlier this year that the team was fortunate to have quality depth at offensive tackle, and now the team will rely on it, with five-year veteran LaAdrian Waddle and fourth-year player Cameron Fleming next on the depth chart. Offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia had referred to both Waddle and Fleming as starting-caliber players in early November.

Cannon, who was voted Associated Press second-team All-Pro last year, had signed a five-year, $32.5 million contract extension in November of 2016. He injured his ankle in the second quarter of a win over the Chargers on Oct. 29, and has remained in a walking boot since.

The Patriots also officially announced the signing of receiver Kenny Britt on Wednesday, in addition to bringing back veteran defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois, who had been with the team from Nov. 7 to Dec. 3 and appeared in three games.

Patriots Add Some Defensive Depth; Ink Veteran DT Ricky Jean Francois

The Patriots Tuesday added defensive line depth by inking defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois, Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reports.

The nine-year veteran played for the Green Bay Packers this season, appearing in six games and making two tackles. He was released on Nov. 1. The 30-year-old defensive tackle has also played for Washington, Indianapolis and San Francisco.

A seventh-round pick by the 49ers, Jean-Francois played in San Francisco for his first four seasons. He then started 23 of 26 games for the Colts in 2013 and 2014. The defensive lineman spent the past two years with the Redskins. He has made 155 tackles and 12 sacks in his career.

Giveaway: Take Your Tailgating Game To The Next Level With A Char-Griller AKORN Kamado Grill

Char-Griller AKORN Kamado grill

The start of the NFL season is finally here, and we’re excited to see if the Patriots can bring home their 6th Super Bowl win this year!

You can be sure that we’ll be cheering the Pats on at Gillette Stadium at each of their home games, and like many of you, we’ll be tailgating in the hours leading up to the game as well. Because lets face it, nothing beats getting ready for the game surrounded by friends and family with good food on the grill.

As we head into the season, Char-Griller, one of the leading U.S. charcoal and smoker grill brands, wants to equip fans with the right grilling tools to make for the ultimate tailgate experience. So they’re giving away an AKORN Kamado Grill (retail value of $299.99) to one lucky Patriots Gab reader. And best of all, it comes in a fitting RED OR BLUE color!

To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us who your favorite Patriots player is. We’ll pick a winner at random on Friday, September 15, 2018 at 5pm EST. Contest only open to US residents.

Contest is now over, congratulations to the lucky winner!

Good luck!

Julian Edleman Tweets Out a ‘Thank You’ To Patriots Fans

Patriots wide out Julian Edleman tweeted out the following today – saying a big ‘Thank you’ to Pats fans for what they have said to him about his recent season ending injury.