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File-This May 30, 2014, file photo shows New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski  running while stretching during an organized team activity at the NFL football team's facility  in Foxborough, Mass. When will Gronkowski play a full regular season? He missed five games in 2012 with a broken forearm and nine in 2013 while recovering from forearm and back surgery before tearing ligaments in his right knee. He participated on a limited basis in minicamp but ran hard on the sideline.  (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Gronk cleared to play at Patriots training camp

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Rob Gronkowski was a training camp spectator last summer while recovering from surgery. This summer, after another operation, the New England Patriots star tight end is expected to be on the field for the first practice Thursday. “He’s been cleared to play,” coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday. That’s welcome news to his teammates after a season in which Gronkowski played just seven regular-season games. He missed the first six following back surgery about a month before camp and the last three, plus both playoff games, with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. “We were all hoping Gronk would have a … 0

Patriots head to camp with restocked defense

Sunday, July 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots’ defense struggled for much of last season. And that was before it faced the NFL’s best offense in the AFC championship game. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos won 26-16 and piled up 507 yards, the most New England allowed in Bill Belichick’s 14 years as coach. So … 0

Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers, Patriots fight over records

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

FALL RIVER — The New England Patriots will turn over hundreds of pages of personnel records to lawyers for former tight end Aaron Hernandez but object to producing scouting reports and a psychological assessment, a team lawyer said Wednesday. Patriots’ attorney Andrew Phelan said at a hearing in Fall River Superior Court the … 0

And the New England Patriots will select in the NFL draft ...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Predicting who the New England Patriots will take in the draft during the Bill Belichick era has always been challenging. The Patriots have been so unpredictable in the draft that most prognosticators will often preface a prediction with the caveat that nobody really knows what’s likely to happen. … 0

Patriots hope to improve pass rush in draft

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots stocked up on top free agent cornerbacks. Now it’s time to make their job easier by adding a young pass rusher. They hope to find one in the NFL draft starting Thursday night. “There’s a deep group of defensive linemen that are … 0

Newly appointed Troy Vincent looks to upgrade NFL

Sunday, April 27, 2014

NEW YORK — New director of football operations Troy Vincent can see in the NFL’s future a developmental league, an eighth official on the field for games, and coaches using tablets on the sidelines to call plays. Vincent, a former Pro Bowl player and president of the players’ … 0

Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NEW YORK — Mike McCarthy promises there won’t be any bad memories plaguing his Green Bay Packers when they open the NFL season on Sept. 4 at Super Bowl champion Seattle. The last time Green Bay visited CenturyLink … 0

David Ortiz want to visit Marathon finish line Monday

Friday, April 18, 2014

BOSTON — David Ortiz wants to visit the Boston Marathon finish line Monday after the Red Sox are done with their Patriots’ Day game against Baltimore. Just more than a year ago, two bombs went off near the finish line, less than a mile from Fenway Park, about … 0

2 Hernandez associates indicted on murder charges

Friday, April 11, 2014

FALL RIVER (AP) — Two associates of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez were indicted Friday on murder charges in the shooting death of a man last summer about a mile from Hernandez’s home, prosecutors said. … 0

Patriots sign former Eagles S Patrick Chung

Thursday, April 3, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Safety Patrick Chung is back with the New England Patriots as the latest addition to their rebuilt secondary. After one season with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chung signed on Thursday with the team that drafted him in … 0

Former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light was in Amherst Wednesday talking life after football

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

AMHERST — Former New England Patriots standout, Matt Light, visited Amherst’s own, Hangar Pub and Grill Wednesday night to speak to University of Massachusetts students about transitioning to life after football. Since retiring from the National Football League … 0

Vince Wilfork: close to returning to Patriots

Thursday, March 27, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork says he’s closer to achieving his goal of finishing his career with New England. The 10-year veteran who missed most of last season with a torn Achilles’ tendon has tweeted that he looks forward to returning to football and helping … 0

NFL office can help refs with replays

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — The NFL officiating department will help referees rule on instant replay reviews starting next season. League owners passed a rule Tuesday allowing referees to consult with director of officiating Dean Blandino and his staff to … 0