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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 …

Darrelle Revis a success in New England

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Darrelle Revis didn’t divulge much when asked about his preference for facing a rookie quarterback. New England’s shutdown cornerback officially is a Patriot. “I can’t give you all of that,” the five-time Pro Bowler said with …

Raiders rookie Derek Carr focuses on job at hand

Thursday, September 18, 2014

ALAMEDA, Calif. — As a rookie quarterback seeking his first NFL win against Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots, Derek Carr has too much to worry about himself to focus on questions about his coach’s job security. But if …

Tom Brady’s favorites carry bulk of pass offense

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady is very comfortable throwing to Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. The other Patriots he sends out on pass patterns? Not so much. Of Brady’s 44 completions this season, 20 have gone to Edelman and …

Patriots’ defense faces the unknown in Oakland rookie QB Derek Carr

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots’ defense is preparing for a bit of the unknown in Oakland rookie quarterback Derek Carr this Sunday. Carr has played two games in the NFL, so there’s not a whole lot …

Patriots still not quite right with ball

Monday, September 15, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots host the Oakland Raiders this week hoping to rediscover their normally potent offense. The Patriots moved to 1-1 with Sunday’s 30-7 win at Minnesota. But after the game, which saw the …

Brady, Patriots bounce back to trounce Vikings

Sunday, September 14, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — The New England Patriots took full advantage of Adrian Peterson’s absence, though he might not have made much of a difference. Six sacks, four interceptions from Matt Cassel and a blocked field goal for a touchdown …

Patriots not used to slow starts

Friday, September 12, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots have a little recent team history on their side when they look to even their record Sunday at Minnesota. The Patriots have not started a season 0-2 since 2001, which means it hasn’t happened to them since Tom Brady became the starting …

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson indicted on child abuse, inactive for Sunday’s game vs Patriots

Friday, September 12, 2014

Star Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted in Texas on a charge of child abuse after using a branch to spank his son, and was swiftly benched by the team on Friday for this weekend’s …

Rob Gronkowski ready for Game 2 in return from knee injury

Thursday, September 11, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Rob Gronkowski looks to be in midseason form, at least when he’s spiking the ball after a touchdown. The rest of his game might take a while to get there. The New England Patriots star tight …

Patriots defense focusing on RB Adrian Peterson after poor start

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots let Knowshon Moreno run for 134 yards in their season opener. Now they must face Adrian Peterson. Scary? “You know what? I love it,” defensive tackle Sealver Siliga said Wednesday. “This is …