The NFLPA's George Atallah said the reinstatement of Brady's four-game suspension is unlikely to end any time soon, SI's Andrew Perloff reports.
A federal appeals court ruled Monday to reinstate the four-game suspension that Brady received for his alleged involvement in the "deflategate" controversy in January 2015. Brady's now in line to miss the first four games of the 2016 season, though he and the NFLPA still figure to explore their options. 2014 second-round selection Jimmy Garoppolo is the Patriots' unquestioned No. 2 quarterback.
Butler missed the Pro Bowl due to a sprained knee, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports. "There was a play on third down [in the AFC championship game] when I made a tackle or something like that and bent my knee back," Butler said Friday in San Francisco. "It swelled up pretty bad. I didn't feel it during the game because of all the adrenaline pumping. When we got back, it swelled up pretty bad, and the team just decided it was a good thing to sit me out."
Butler became instantly famous with his game-winning interception of Russell Wilson in last year's Super Bowl, and the loss of Darrelle Revis in free agency elevated him to the Patriots' No. 1 cornerback. The pseudo promotion worked wonders, as Butler notched 67 tackles (56 solo), 15 passes defended, and two interceptions while regularly drawing the opponent's top wide receiver over the course of his second campaign. While his recovery effort won't include surgery, rest and regular icing sessions have been his regimen to date.
ESPN's Mike Reiss indicates that Dobson figures to be "in a fight for a roster spot" with the Patriots in advance of the 2016 season.
The Patriots added wideouts Chris Hogan and Nate Washington via free agency, so Dobson faces some added competition for a role in the team's offense after enduring another injury-marred campaign in 2015, in which he was limited to eight games, a span in which he caught 13 passes for 141 yards. If Dobson can re-stablish his health this summer, however, keeping him around wouldn't be especially costly for the Patriots since he's in the final year of his rookie contract, which carries a salary cap hit of $1,090,845.
When asked how the foot that bothered him this past season is feeling, Edelman noted Thursday that "it's feeling better every day. That's a good thing," ESPN.com reports.
At the same time, Edelman neither confirmed or denied a recent report that he hasn't needed additional surgery on his foot and is fully on track to participate in the Patriots' upcoming offseason program. "We're just taking it day to day," Edelman added. In any case, while the wideout's health will be worth monitoring once the team hits the field this spring, there's been nothing to suggest that Edelman's playing status for the upcoming season is in any peril. Perhaps more relevant to his 2016 fantasy prospects will be what moves the Patriots make to re-tool their receiving corps this offseason.
ESPN's Mike Reiss suggests that "there's no reason to think" that Lewis -- who is bouncing back from a torn right ACL that he suffered on Nov. 8 -- "won't be available for when the games count."
The report relays that Lewis' recovery from his Nov. 18 knee surgery (performed by Dr. James Andrews) has been encouraging, with a routine January check-in revealing in terms of the running back's progress, that "things were exactly where they should be, if not better." While the Patriots do figure to take it slowly with Lewis in the coming months, it appears as though he's on track to reprise his role in the team's offense in 2016, in the absence of any injury setbacks. Of course, it's a little early to get a good read on the running back's fantasy prospects for the coming season, given that the Patriots figure to make some personal changes in their backfield this offseason, with veteran "big backs" LeGarrette Blount and Steven Jackson slated to become free agents.
Steward has been placed on injured reserve due to a back injury suffered in Sunday's win over Houston, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Starter Nigel Bradham may not be able to make it back from his ankle injury this week. If that doesn't happen, the Bills would be down their top two guys at the inside linebacker spot next to Preston Brown.
Flowers was placed on injured reserve Saturday, ESPN's Eric Williams reports.
The injuries just keep coming for the Chargers. Flowers, a key cog in the team's defense, will join Corey Liueget on the sidelines after the team opted to place both players on IR. Steve Williams or Greg Ducre will likely get the start in place of Flowers.
Gordon (knee) recently admitted he was "terrible" during his rookie season, but he's confident that the year of experience will help him in 2016, ESPN.com reports.
The 15th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Gordon posted an ugly 184-641-0 rushing line (3.5 YPC) in 14 games as a rookie, eventually missing the final two contests with a meniscus injury. He should recover from early-January surgery before the start of training camp, and he'll likely get most of the first-team snaps, albeit with Danny Woodhead handling third-down duties. As he admitted, Gordon was a big part of the problem during his rookie season, but it obviously isn't his fault that the San Diego offensive line was ravaged by an unusual number of injuries.
After missing the final four games of the regular season, Johnson finished 2015 with 45 catches for 497 yards and three touchdowns in ten games.
Johnson missed a total of six games because a hamstring injury caused him to miss Weeks 5 and 6 in addition to missing the last four games of the year due to a groin injury. When he was healthy, he was a productive slot receiver who would typically make four or five catches per game on a good passing team. Johnson should be back for more of the same in 2016.
Liuget is feeling "much better" after he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in December, Micahel Gehlken of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Liuget had tallied 34 tackles (28 solo) and three sacks before his Week 13 injury against the Broncos. The 26-year-old, who signed a five-year extension prior to last year's training camp, reportedly weighed between 313-315 pounds throughout the 2015 season, but is expecting to cut his weight down to 295 by the season opener. With the Chargers selecting Joey Bosa with the third overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Liuget and Bosa could form an impressive duo on the defensive line capable of wreaking havoc on opposing offenses should both players stay healthy.
Oliver -- who is dealing with turf toe -- was on crutches, with his right foot in a protective boot Monday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
If Oliver is forced to miss time, Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead should pick up some extra snaps in the Chargers' backfield, with Donald Brown a candidate to be activated for next Monday's game against the Bears.
Verrett (hamstring) has begun working out with fellow Chargers teammates, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports.
Verrett, who missed the Chargers final game of the regular season due to a hamstring injury, was spotted working out with a few members of the secondary at a training facility in California. San Diego's leader in interceptions last year, Verrett is expected to take over more of a leadership role on defense with veteran captain Eric Weddle widely expected to sign with another team during the offseason.