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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2014, file photo, New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen (34) looks on from the sidelines in the second half of an NFL preseason football in Foxborough, Mass. Shane and Brock Vereen talk frequently about their NFL experiences. On Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, the brothers will have a new one when Shane, the Patriots running back, plays against Brock, the Chicago Bears rookie safety. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Vereen brothers square off when Bears visit Pats

Thursday, October 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The Vereen brothers competed hard against each other while growing up in California. Video games. Stickball. Basketball in the backyard. And, of course, football — in the living room. On Sunday, they’ll be on the same field when New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen and Chicago Bears safety Brock Vereen meet in a game that really matters. …

Ex-Boston Patriot John ‘Bull’ Bramlett dies at 73

Thursday, October 23, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — John “Bull” Bramlett, a former professional football and baseball player who was nicknamed the “Meanest Man in Football,” has died. He was 73. Shelby County Mayor’s Office spokesman Steve Shular told The Associated Press that family members say the Memphis native died early Thursday. Shular said Mayor Mark H. Luttrell was close to Bramlett, who had been in declining health. …

Injury to Chandler Jones puts pressure on Patriots defense

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The “next man up” approach will be tested again after another injury to a key defender for the New England Patriots. Maybe this time they’ll do better. With top tackler Jerod Mayo missing his first game with a season-ending right knee injury, the New York Jets ran over and around New …

Jerod Mayo, Stevan Ridley ruled out of Patriots game vs Jets

Monday, October 13, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — With two wins and two more serious injuries, the New England Patriots are getting back to normal. They’ve regained their usual dominance after the second biggest loss of Tom Brady’s career. They also lost their leading …

Brady tosses 4 TDs to lead Patriots over Bills

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — After all these years, Tom Brady still has difficulty pinpointing a reason he and the Patriots consistently beat the Buffalo Bills. Brady threw four touchdowns to up his career record to 23-2 against Buffalo …

Bills seek to end role of playing Patriots’ patsy

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Forget the individual motivation. In the eight months since departing New England and signing with Buffalo, linebacker Brandon Spikes can appreciate what it would mean for the Bills to beat the Patriots on Sunday. …

Patriots CB Darrelle Revis likely to face Bills rookie Sammy Watkins

Friday, October 10, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Another week. Another tough matchup for Darrelle Revis. The New England cornerback, who has been lining up against the opposition’s top receiver in five games with his new team, wouldn’t commit to doing it again …

Stevan Ridley helps Patriots’ offense emerge

Thursday, October 9, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Stevan Ridley cracked a wry smile. Despite struggling through the first four weeks of the season, New England’s offense was never broken, or searching for an identity. The Patriots running back insists that it’s been there the entire time. He just helped it emerge again. After …

Tight end Tim Wright getting comfortable with Patriots

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tim Wright hurried to learn a different offense when he was traded to the New England Patriots less than two weeks before the season. The second-year tight end feels much more comfortable now. Comfortable enough to …

Patriots improve offense by using balance

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — New England is using balance to break out of its offensive slump. A statement win over Cincinnati on Sunday night helped even though the stats show the Patriots have had a mediocre offense so far this year. New England is 10th in the AFC in …

Brady back on target heading into game vs. Bills

Monday, October 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady fired a pass for a 20-yard gain on the very first play. It was like a dart that punctured the criticism that followed him after his offense’s awfulness in the previous game. Over-the-hill? An …

Brady back in form, Patriots beat Bengals 43-17

Monday, October 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — What a turnaround for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Brady finally looked like a quarterback who has 50,000 yards in his career, becoming the sixth to reach that milestone and throwing for two touchdowns …

Patriots still unsure on Brandon Browner, Brian Tyms vs Cincinnati

Friday, October 3, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Coach Bill Belichick said Friday no decision has been made on whether the New England Patriots will activate cornerback Brandon Browner or wide receiver Brian Tyms in time for Sunday night’s game against the Cincinnati …