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New England Patriots Preseason Capsule

Monday, July 27, 2015

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (15-4) OPEN CAMP: July 29, Foxborough, Massachusetts. LAST YEAR: Easily won AFC East for 11th time in 12 seasons, then beat Baltimore 35-31 and Indianapolis 45-7 to reach Super Bowl for sixth time in Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era. Beat Seattle 28-24 when Malcolm Butler intercepted pass at goal line with 20 seconds left. Offseason was dominated by “Deflategate” controversy involving improperly inflated footballs in AFC championship game. …

AP sources: NFL close to new football inspection rules

Monday, July 27, 2015

The NFL is preparing to send out instructions to game officials and teams explaining new rules for inspecting footballs. Two people familiar with the league’s plans tell The Associated Press on Monday that proper inflation of the footballs will be documented as part of the new policy. But those people, speaking on condition of anonymity because the league has not released information on …

AP source: Union offered NFL settlement on Tom Brady suspension

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The players’ union proposed a settlement on Tom Brady’s four-game suspension last week that was “met with silence” by the NFL, a person familiar with the proposal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the NFL Players Association’s offer was confidential. There is no timetable on when Commissioner Roger Goodell will rule on the New England quarterback’s …

NFLPA promises action if suspension isn’t lifted for Patriots QB Brady

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

It’s been nearly a month since Tom Brady appealed his four-game Deflategate suspension, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to announce whether he will uphold or modify the four-time Super Bowl winner’s punishment. Speaking on NBC Sports …

Tom Brady waiting for Roger Goodell decision after 10-hour hearing

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — It’s back to the waiting game for Tom Brady. After making his case in a 10-hour hearing, Brady’s fate is in the hands of Roger Goodell. Just when the NFL commissioner will announce his decision to …

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s appeal hearing ends after 10 hours

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NEW YORK — After a 10-hour hearing, Tom Brady now must wait to find out if his appeal of a four-game suspension carried any weight with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Brady was suspended by the league for his …

Tom Brady’s legacy faces next step in appeal to Goodell

Saturday, June 20, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady grew from a sixth-round draft choice into one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Off the field, he’s a celebrity with a supermodel wife and lucrative marketing deals. All that has made the …

Pats defenders line up to replace departing Wilfork

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — For a day, at least, Vince Wilfork was with the Patriots again, to collect a Super Bowl ring at the home of team owner Robert Kraft. His presence at the celebration served as an immediate reminder that the leader won’t be in Foxborough this coming …

Matt Flynn has lots to learn as new Patriots backup QB

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Matt Flynn is back at the stadium where he made his first NFL start. He’s not focusing on making another in place of Tom Brady. Flynn practiced with the New England Patriots on the first day …

Lawyer: Aaron Hernandez juror may have been ‘untruthful’

Monday, June 15, 2015

FALL RIVER (AP) — A lawyer for Aaron Hernandez has told a judge he’s concerned one of the jurors who convicted the former New England Patriots star tight end of murder may have been “untruthful” during jury selection. …

Briefs: Brandon Spikes, ex-Patriots linebacker, cited in hit-and-run crash

Friday, June 12, 2015

BOSTON — Former New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was cited by state police Friday for rear-ending another vehicle on a Massachusetts highway then leaving the scene. Spikes, 27, is accused of leaving the scene of an accident …

Patriots release Brandon Spikes after his car found abandoned

Monday, June 8, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots released linebacker Brandon Spikes on Monday as authorities investigated whether his Mercedes was involved in an accident after the car was found abandoned in a highway median near where three people …

Roger Goodell makes it official: He will hear Tom Brady’s appeal

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

NEW YORK — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made it official Tuesday: He will hear Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension. The league suspended the Patriots quarterback for his role in the use of deflated footballs by New England in its AFC championship game victory over Indianapolis in …