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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

Julian Edelman explains decision to stay with Patriots

Thursday, March 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Julian Edelman grew up less than 30 miles from San Francisco. So visiting the 49ers as a free agent was “very surreal.” As a high school student, he watched them at training camp. As a pro, he chose to stay at his current home. Two days … 0

Patriots, Broncos still fighting for AFC supremacy

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Two months after meeting in the AFC championship, the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots are squaring off in the wine and dine game. They’ve been the conference’s most aggressive teams in trying to upgrade … 0

Patriots announce re-signing of WR Julian Edelman

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Julian Edelman is back with the Patriots and Tom Brady doesn’t have to worry about losing his favorite wide receiver again. Edelman, who caught a career-high 105 passes with six touchdowns after Wes Welker left for the Denver Broncos before last season, re-signed with New England … 0

Patriots announce signing of CB Darrelle Revis

Monday, March 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Darrelle Revis says at least 26 teams called after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He chose the team whose coach he once called a “jerk.” The New England Patriots announced Monday the … 0

Patriots free agent WR Julian Edelman returning; Browner signing official

Sunday, March 16, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Wide receiver Julian Edelman says he’s glad to be returning to the New England Patriots after a surprising breakout season. Edelman became a free agent last week, but a post on his Twitter account said, “Foxboro is home. Excited to be back.” The Patriots don’t always … 0

Patriots sign suspended DB Brandon Browner

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Suspended former Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner said on Friday that he has agreed to a contract with the New England Patriots, giving the AFC East champions another potent defender in pass coverage. A day after representatives for Darrelle Revis confirmed that the three-time All Pro would be joining … 0

Revis signs with Pats, Sproles, Smith, Harrison, Tuck on move

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Darrelle Revis and Darren Sproles found landing spots in the Northeast. Now Steve Smith and James Harrison look for new NFL homes. Revis’ stay in Tampa Bay was short, and he might not be in New England much … 0

Patriots release safety Steve Gregory

Friday, February 28, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots have released safety Steve Gregory. The 31-year-old Gregory has played eight seasons, including the past two with the Patriots. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder joined the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on March 16, 2012, after six seasons with the San Diego … 0

UMass upset by George Mason, suffers first loss in Mullins Center

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

AMHERST — On Jan. 15, George Mason nearly upset the University of Massachusetts, but the Patriots struggled enough late to open the door for the Minutemen to produce a memorable come-from-behind win. There was no magic for UMass … 0

Prosecutors lose bid for ex-NFL star’s phone calls

Friday, February 7, 2014

FALL RIVER — A judge rejected a request Friday by prosecutors in ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez’s murder case for his jailhouse phone recordings, then ordered them to turn over to the defense copies of calls they acknowledged already having. Judge Susan Garsh said prosecutors did not make … 0