New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense11th107.9 (18th)257.6 (9th)
Defense13th104.3 (9th)239.8 (17th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
48Aiken, Danny LS6-42558/28/19885Virginia
6Allen, Ryan P6-22152/28/19903Louisiana Tech
80Amendola, Danny WR5-1119511/2/19857Texas Tech
25Arrington, Kyle CB5-101908/12/19867Hofstra
64Barker, Chris G6-23108/3/19902Nevada
92Bequette, Jake DE6-52652/21/19893Arkansas
29Blount, LeGarrette RB6-025012/5/19866Oregon
38Bolden, Brandon RB5-112201/26/19904Mississippi
82Boyce, Josh WR5-112055/6/19912Texas Christian
12Brady, Tom QB6-42258/3/197716Michigan
97Branch, Alan NT6-632512/29/19849Michigan
99Buchanan, Michael DE6-62551/24/19913Illinois
21Butler, Malcolm SS5-111903/2/19902West Alabama
39Cadet, Travaris RB6-12102/1/19894Appalachian State
61Cannon, Marcus G6-53355/6/19885Texas Christian
84Chandler, Scott TE6-72607/23/19859Iowa
35Chekwa, Chimdi DB6-01909/7/19884Ohio State
23Chung, Patrick SS5-112108/19/19877Oregon
91Collins, Jamie OLB6-325010/20/19893Southern Mississippi
63Connolly, Dan (FA) G6-43059/2/198210Southeast Missouri State
37Dennard, Alfonzo CB5-102009/9/19894Nebraska
46Develin, James FB6-32557/23/19883Brown
65Devey, Jordan G6-63171/11/19882Memphis
17Dobson, Aaron WR6-32007/23/19913Marshall
13Dorsey, Kevin WR6-12072/23/19903Maryland
74Easley, Dominique DE6-22902/24/19922Florida
43Ebner, Nate DB6-021012/14/19884Ohio State
11Edelman, Julian WR5-102005/22/19867Kent State
58Fleming, Darius LB6-22557/19/19894Notre Dame
71Fleming, Cameron G6-63259/3/19922Stanford
24Fletcher, Bradley DB6-02006/25/19867Iowa
56Freeny, Jonathan LB6-22546/15/19894Rutgers
31Gaffney, Tyler RB6-02204/20/19912Stanford
10Garoppolo, Jimmy QB6-222511/2/19912Eastern Illinois
10Gibson, Brandon WR6-02108/13/19876Washington State
5Gilbert, Garrett QB6-42217/1/19911Southern Methodist
45Gordon, Cameron LB6-32406/5/19912Michigan
3Gostkowski, Stephen K6-12151/28/198410Memphis
35Gray, Jonas RB5-102256/27/19902Notre Dame
28Green, Justin DB5-111952/26/19911Illinois
87Gronkowski, Rob TE6-62655/14/19896Arizona
30Harmon, Duron SS6-12051/24/19913Rutgers
69Hauptmann, Caylin T6-33007/10/19912Florida International
54Hightower, Dont'a OLB6-32703/12/19904Alabama
47Hoomanawanui, Michael TE6-42607/4/19886Illinois
90Johnson, Antonio DT6-332812/8/19848Mississippi State
59Johnson, Rufus DE6-52728/28/19901Tarleton State
94Jones, Chris DT6-13097/12/19903Bowling Green State
95Jones, Chandler DE6-52652/27/19904Syracuse
67Kline, Josh G6-329512/29/19893Kent State
17Krause, Jonathan WR5-111901/18/19922Vanderbilt
19LaFell, Brandon WR6-321011/4/19866Louisiana State
26Lewis, Dion RB5-81959/27/19904Pittsburgh
52Martin, Eric OLB6-22507/21/19913Nebraska
51Mayo, Jerod MLB6-12502/23/19868Tennessee
27McClain, Robert DB5-91957/22/19886Connecticut
32McCourty, Devin FS5-101958/13/19876Rutgers
90Moore, Zach DE6-62759/5/19902Concordia-St. Paul
52Morris, James LB6-224011/20/19912Iowa
50Ninkovich, Rob DE6-22602/1/198410Purdue
53Ott, Tyler LS6-32552/28/1992RHarvard
22Ridley, Stevan (FA) RB5-112201/27/19895Louisiana State
26Ryan, Logan CB5-111952/9/19913Rutgers
97Sheard, Jabaal DE6-32645/10/19895Pittsburgh
96Siliga, Sealver DT6-23254/26/19904Utah
55Skinner, Deontae LB6-225012/18/19902Mississippi State
18Slater, Matthew WR6-02109/9/19858UCLA
77Solder, Nate T6-83204/12/19885Colorado
66Stork, Bryan C6-431011/15/19902Florida State
35Swanson, Dax DB5-111913/21/19912Sam Houston State
84Tyms, Brian WR6-32042/21/19893Florida A&M
72Vellano, Joe DT6-230010/30/19882Maryland
76Vollmer, Sebastian T6-83207/10/19847Houston
62Wendell, Ryan G6-23003/4/19867Fresno State
59White, Chris LB6-32381/15/19895Mississippi State
28White, James RB5-102062/3/19922Wisconsin
27Wilson, Tavon SS6-02153/19/19904Illinois
81Wright, Timothy TE6-42204/7/19903Rutgers
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New England6-4313.66-3287.225.72237
 
 
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Position Listing
Dan Connolly
News
The Patriots want to re-sign offensive lineman Dan Connolly, but the Seahawks, Bears, Buccaneers and Dolphins all have interest in the free agent, NFL.com reports.

Connolly rated 72nd out of 78 guards in 2014, per Pro Football Focus, but has served as a starter on the New England offensive line for the last six seasons. He would likely line up at center in Seattle or Chicago and at guard with the Buccaneers or Dolphins.

Ryan Wendell
News
Patriots rookie center Bryan Stork (knee) was unable to practice for the second straight day Thursday as the team prepared for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Colts. Ryan Wendell is expected to start in Stork's spot.

New England is a 6.5-point favorite.

Nate Solder
News
Patriots offensive lineman Nate Solder is expecting to be ready for New England's playoff game next week after leaving Sunday's game against the Bills due to a knee injury.

"I practiced this week and I'll be full practice next week. Everything I'm doing is preparing and doing everything I can, and I'll be ready to go when the game comes," Solder said Thursday, per ESPN.

Dont'a Hightower
News
Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower is going to miss between six and seven months, according to the Boston Globe.

Hightower had surgery this February to repair a torn right labrum. The team is concerned that he might not be able to be ready for the start of the reguar season. He played through the injury for a good portion of the 2014 season prior to surgery.

The 25-year-old started all 12 games he played, collecting 89 total tackles, six sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for start of season
Zach Moore
News
Patriots running back Jonas Gray will be inactive for Super Bowl 49 along with Zach Moore, Josh Boyce, Brian Tyms, Joe Vellano, Jordan Devey and James White, the team announced.

Gray, who ran for 412 yards on 89 carries in eight games this season, had four carries for four yards in the AFC Championship game for New England. It was his first action in a game since Dec. 21 againt the Jets when he had six carries for five yards.

The game is currently pick'em between Seattle and New England Sunday.

Stephen Gostkowski
News
The Patriots have placed the franchise tag on kicker Stephen Gostkowski, ESPN.com reports.

It's the third time the team has used the franchise tag on a kicker, having previously tagged Adam Vinatier in 2002 and 2005. The designation puts Gostkowski in line to earn $4.126 million in 2015. He mae 35 of his 37 field goals in 2014, and his 94.6 percent rate was the best of his career.

With Gostkowski being tagged, Patriots safety Devin McCourty, who was a strong candidate to receive the tag, is set to reach free agency on March 10 if he doesn't re-sign with the team before free agency opens.

Dion Lewis
News
The Colts waived running back Dion Lewis and signed defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles off the Patriots' practice squad. Indianapolis also signed guard David Arkin to its practice squad while releasing guard Josh Walker from the squad.
Tyler Gaffney
News
The Patriots released six players and placed two on injured reserve to get down to the 75-man limit. Released were defensive lineman Ben Bass, defensive backs Jemea Thomas and Travis Hawkins, receivers Derrick Johnson and Wilson Van Hooser, and linebacker Deontae Skinner.

The team put rookie running back Tyler Gaffney and rookie linebacker Cameron Gordon on injured reserve.
Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
Scott Chandler
News
The Patriots announced they've signed former Bills tight end Scott Chandler. The 29-year-old has made 35 starts, catching 182 passes for 2,120 yards and 17 touchdowns in his career.

In New England, Chandler joins a formidable group of tight ends: Rob Gronkowski, Michael Hoomanawanui and Tim Wright.

Chris Barker
News
The Patriots have announced the re-signing of offensive lineman Chris Barker to the practice squad and the release of defensive end Ben Bass .

Bass played in two games with Dallas in 2012, but none since.

Chris White
News
The Patriots have re-signed backup linebacker Chris White on Wednesday, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports. He will have a $745,000 base salary, in addition to a $50,000 signing bonus, and a $250,000 workout bonus.

The 26-year-old registered seven tackles in 13 games last season.

Rob Gronkowski
News
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski's contract for $4.75 million in 2015 base salary and $250,000 in workout bonuses became fully guaranteed Friday, according to CBSSports.com's Joel Corry.

Gronkowski caught 82 passes for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns in the 2014 regular season. In five seasons, Gronkowski has 308 catches for 4,379 yards and 54 touchdowns in just 65 games for New England. He is under contract through 2019, when he is scheduled to have a base salary of $9 million.

Sealver Siliga
News
Patriots defensive tackle Sealver Siliga is still in a walking boot after undergoing surgery last season, per ESPN.

Siliga is considered to be one of the top-two options at defensive tackle for the team after the departure of Vince Wilfork. The 24-year-old started five of the seven games he played in 2014. He recorded 32 total tackles and 2.5 sacks last season.

Alfonzo Dennard
News
The Patriots placed cornerback Alfonzo Dennard on season-ending injured reserve with a hamstring injury, reports Field Yates of ESPN on Saturday. Dennard appeared in only six games this season, registering 15 combined tackles and one interception -- all season lows.

In corresponding moves, the Patriots elevated wide receiver Josh Boyce from the practice squad to take the spot of Dennard on the 53-man active roster. They re-signed Dax Swanson to the practice squad and released defensive lineman Cam Henderson.

Injury
Hamstring - IR. Out for season
Stevan Ridley
News
With DeMarco Murray out of the picture in Dallas, the Cowboys and free agent running back Stevan Ridley have mutual interest, though a deal does not appear imminent, according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe on Friday.

Ridley tore his ACL in the sixth game last season and finished with 340 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He has rushed for 2,817 yards and 22 touchdowns in his four-year career with the Patriots.

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Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
Nate Ebner
News
The Patriots have ruled Cameron Fleming (ankle, finger) and Chandler Jones (hip) out for Sunday's game against Detroit, according to New England's final injury report released Friday.

Deemed questionable were Marcus Cannon (hip), Dominique Easley (knee) and Nate Ebner (finger). As expected, Tom Brady (ankle), Julian Edelman (thigh) and Jonas Gray (not injury related) were ruled as probable for Week 12.

Darius Fleming
News
The Patriots promoted linebacker Darius Fleming from the practice squad to its 53-man roster, reports NESN.com. Fleming has yet to appear in an NFL regular season game.
Jordan Devey
News
Patriots running back Jonas Gray will be inactive for Super Bowl 49 along with Zach Moore, Josh Boyce, Brian Tyms, Joe Vellano, Jordan Devey and James White, the team announced.

Gray, who ran for 412 yards on 89 carries in eight games this season, had four carries for four yards in the AFC Championship game for New England. It was his first action in a game since Dec. 21 againt the Jets when he had six carries for five yards.

The game is currently pick'em between Seattle and New England Sunday.

Josh Boyce
News
Patriots running back Jonas Gray will be inactive for Super Bowl 49 along with Zach Moore, Josh Boyce, Brian Tyms, Joe Vellano, Jordan Devey and James White, the team announced.

Gray, who ran for 412 yards on 89 carries in eight games this season, had four carries for four yards in the AFC Championship game for New England. It was his first action in a game since Dec. 21 againt the Jets when he had six carries for five yards.

The game is currently pick'em between Seattle and New England Sunday.

Devin McCourty
News
Safety Devin McCourty was close to leaving New England. 

According to a report from ESPN.com, McCourty was on the phone with coach Bill Belichick and told him he was going to leave for another team — the Eagles, Giants and Jaguars were all in pursuit. 

It was then when the Patriots decided to raise their offer to five years for $47.5 million with $28.5 millon guaranteed. McCourty could have made more money elsewhere apparently, but he decided that the money New England finally offered was enough. 

According to NJ.com, the Eagles offered more than McCourty and thought they had him locked up at one point on Sunday. 

McCourty totaled 68 tackles and two interceptions a season ago.

Julian Edelman
News
Much was made of whether Patriots receiver Julian Edelman sustained a concussion or not during New England's 28-24 Super Bowl win over the Seahawks.

In an interview with the New York Times that published Saturday, Edelman did nothing to quell the speculation as to rather he had one or didn't. Citing team policy, Edelman would not answer if he was diagnosed with a concussion or not.

Asked if he underwent testing, Edelman did give an answer.

"I went through all the protocols," Edelman said. 

Edelman took a hit to the head in the fourth quarter from Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor. Though he appeared dazed, he stayed in the game. After scoring that series, Edelman eventually caught what would be the game-winning three-yard touchdown with 2:06 left in the game.

Edelman finished the Super Bowl with nine receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown.

Brandon Bolden
News
Patriots running backs Brandon Bolden, Shane Vereen and LeGarrette Blount were unable to get going in New England's 35-31 win over the Ravens Saturday.

Between the three, they total seven carries for 14 yards. Quarterback Tom Brady had the only rushing touchdown for the Patriots.

New England did not give a handoff to a running back in the second half.

Vereen had four catches for 39 yards and Bolden one catch for 11.

Cameron Gordon
News
The Patriots released six players and placed two on injured reserve to get down to the 75-man limit. Released were defensive lineman Ben Bass, defensive backs Jemea Thomas and Travis Hawkins, receivers Derrick Johnson and Wilson Van Hooser, and linebacker Deontae Skinner.

The team put rookie running back Tyler Gaffney and rookie linebacker Cameron Gordon on injured reserve.
Injury
Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Kevin Dorsey
News
The Patriots signed wide receiver Kevin Dorsey a one-year deal worth $510,000, according to ESPN. Dorsey was recently released by the Packers. In three games, he caught one pass for four yards during the 2014 season.

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Injury
Foot - IR. Out for season
Patrick Chung
News
The Patriots have locked up running back Brandon Bolden and starting safety Patrick Chung to contract extensions on Friday, ESPN reports.

Bolden, a core special teams player, signed a two-year, $3.2 million contract extension through 2016. Chung, who returned to New England after spending the 2013 season with the Eagles, signed a three-year extension through 2017. The deal is worth up to $8.2 million and includes $3.4 million in guarantees, according to the report.

Travaris Cadet
News
Saints coach Sean Payton said running back Travaris Cadet, now with the Patriots, is a "work in progress with regards to protection," reports ESPN.com. Payton noted Cadet is a converted receiver who hasn't played running back long.

"He’ll know who to have, but he just hasn’t had the snaps or the experience that so many of the other running backs have," Payton said of Cadet, who hopes to replace Shane Vereen as New England's pass-catching back.

Payton estimated Cadet was asked to pass protect only 10 to 12 times last season, the report said. But Payton believes Cadet can develop into a solid pass protector.

"He’s tough enough, he’ll know who to have, [so] that will be a technique and an ongoing skill and development [thing]," Payton said. "We felt like he definitely could become a protector because what keeps guys from being that third-down back is they don’t know who to block. That’s the first thing that keeps them from playing that position. They scan and see the guy that’s free; the problem with that is when the guy they are supposed to block doesn’t come and they’re in the backfield still and you have a flare-control issue – he’s supposed to be out in the route but he’s floating in the backfield before he leaves, it doesn’t work. So he’ll know who to block, it will just be a matter of technique.”

Antonio Johnson
News
According to the Tennessean, the following players will not suit up for the Titans Saturday night against the Falcons in Atlanta: center Chris Spencer, center Gabe Ikard, quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, and defensive lineman Antonio Johnson and Mike Martin.
Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
Duron Harmon
News
Patriots rookie safety Duron Harmon made an interception for the second straight game, returning it 42 yards in the Week 9 win over the Steelers. He added four tackles, giving him eight tackles and three passes defended this season.
Brandon Gibson
News
The Patriots are reportedly signing free agent wide receiver Brandon Gibson to a one-year deal, worth $825,000, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Gibson, who was cut last month by the Dolphins, played in 21 games over two seasons with Miami, with his first year cut short by injury. He totaled 59 catches for 621 yards and four touchdowns.

Danny Aiken
News
The Patriots listed 18 players on its final injury report for Week 17 against Buffalo. Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) was the only player on the report listed as probable, while running back Jonas Gray (ankle) and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring) were ruled out. The rest were deemed questionable.

The others include long snapper Danny Aiken (finger), cornerback Kyle Arrington (hamstring), running back LeGarrette Blount (shoulder), cornerback Brandon Browner (groin), linebacker Jamie Collins, offensive lineman Dan Connolly (knee), wide receiver Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion), offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (ankle), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), defensive end Chandler Jones (hip), wide receiver Brandon LaFell (shoulder), defensive end Rob Ninkovich (heel), running back Shane Vereen (ankle), offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer and linebacker Chris White (ankle).

Matthew Slater
News
Patriots special teamer Matthew Slater told reporters that the NFL Players Association has "instructed" New England players to not publicly address Deflategate, according to the team's official website. The 29-year-old Slater is a team representative for the union.

"I'd love to get into that with you, but we have been instructed by our union as players to reserve comment on this situation," Slater said. "It's an ongoing investigation, so in order to protect our players, we’re going to go ahead and not talk about that."

The NFL found 11 of 12 game balls the Patriots used in the first half in Sunday's AFC Championship against the Colts were significantly underinflated after being deemed legal before the game. The investigation is being led by NFL executive vice president Jeff Pash and Ted Wells. The league has yet to release its findings.

Coach Bill Belichick also addressed the media in an impromptu press conference to reveal that his team conducted an "internal study," which revealed that the Patriots "followed every rule to the letter."

Like Slater, Belichick vowed not to speak on Deflategate again. New England will square off against Seattle in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1.

Deontae Skinner
News
The Patriots have signed defensive backs Justin Green and Daxton Swanson, as well as linebacker Doentae Skinner, to their practice squad. The latter two had been with the Patriots previously.
Chris Jones
News
The Patriots will be at nearly full strength for Sunday’s Super Bowl as the following players have been listed as probable: Tom Brady (ankle), Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), Chris Jones (elbow), Akeem Ayers (knee), Darrelle Revis (non-injury-related) and Sealver Siliga (foot).

All except Brady were limited participants in practice Friday. The only question mark is center Bryan Stork, who is questionable with a knee injury and was limited in practice Friday.

The Patriots are currently 1-point favorites against Seattle.

Justin Green
News
The Patriots have signed defensive backs Justin Green and Daxton Swanson, as well as linebacker Doentae Skinner, to their practice squad. The latter two had been with the Patriots previously.
Jonathan Krause
News
The Patriots have brought back wide receiver Jonathan Krause less than a week after releasing him. They have waived defensive lineman Kona Schwenke to make room for Krause.
Jabaal Sheard
News
The Patriots signed former Browns defensive end/outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard on Wednesday, his agent Drew Rosenhaus announced

Dealing with a foot injury in 2014, Sheard only had two sacks in 16 games. The Browns weren't expected to re-sign Sheard. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Sheard signed a two-year, $11 million deal with $5.5 million guaranteed. 

In four years with the Browns, Sheard recorded 190 tackles and 23 sacks. 

Dax Swanson
News
The Patriots placed cornerback Alfonzo Dennard on season-ending injured reserve with a hamstring injury, reports Field Yates of ESPN on Saturday. Dennard appeared in only six games this season, registering 15 combined tackles and one interception -- all season lows.

In corresponding moves, the Patriots elevated wide receiver Josh Boyce from the practice squad to take the spot of Dennard on the 53-man active roster. They re-signed Dax Swanson to the practice squad and released defensive lineman Cam Henderson.

Jonathan Freeny
News
Linebacker Jonathan Freeny has signed with the Patriots, per ESPN.

Freeny, who wasn't tendered as a restricted free agent with the Dolphins, is entering his fourth season in the NFL. He has recorded 30 total tackles and one sack during the 48 games he has played.

James Morris
News
The Patriots have added defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna and linebacker James Morris to their list of cuts.

Morris received a setback when he hurt his leg in the final preseason game Thursday.

Injury
Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Kyle Arrington
News
In two losses against the Patriots this season, including Sunday's 45-7 loss in the AFC title game, Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton was bottled up offensively. Hilton had just three catches for 24 yards in a 42-20 loss Nov. 16 and had one catch for 36 yards Sunday.

"Coach (Bill) Belichick, he did the same thing, had the same game plan -- Kyle Arrington on me, (safety Devin McCourty) over the top," Hilton said, per ESPN. "They took away everything. When I tried to go across the middle, they had the linebackers drop. The linebackers hit me to try to disrupt me. It pretty much was the same game plan as last time. They did a pretty good job of taking me away." 

Patriot coach Bill Belichick praised Arrington's effort against Hilton, who is headed to the Pro Bowl after totaling 82 catches for 1,345 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season. 

"You know Kyle really stepped up; played T.Y. good," Belichick said. "T.Y. is a great receiver. He’s got outstanding speed and quickness, and he’s a tough guy to cover on all routes: short, intermediate, deep. He had a great catch on the sideline dragging his feet. It was a perfect throw and a great catch. But that’s what it’s like playing against them. But Kyle competed really well. He jammed, and he and Devin did a real good job on T.Y."

Ryan Allen
News
Patriots punter Ryan Allen, who was questionable with a shoulder injury, is active for the AFC Championship Game at Denver.
Cameron Fleming
News
The Patriots have deemed the following players as inactive for Saturday's divisional round game against the Ravens: Josh Boyce, Jordan Devey, Zach Moore, Steve Maneri, Cameron Fleming, James White and Jonas Gray.

Gray, who 89 carries for 412 yards and five touchdowns in the regular season, is dealing with an ankle injury. Gray was listed as probable throughout the week.

The Patriots are 7-point favorites against Baltimore Saturday.

Eric Martin
News
The Browns announced several roster moves on Saturday, per FOX Sports Ohio. The team promoted quarterback Connor Shaw and defensive lineman Jamie Meder from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster. In a corresponding move, Cleveland waived linebacker Eric Martin and tight end Ryan Taylor.
Alan Branch
News
The Patriots have reportedly re-signed defensive tackle Alan Branch to a two-year deal worth a maximum of $6.6 million, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network.

Branch, who was signed by New England in the middle of the 2014 season, appeared in eight games and totaled 13 tackles. In his eight-year career, Branch has totaled 120 tackles with eight sacks.

Josh Kline
News
Patriots rookie starting center Bryan Stork is not practicing Wednesday, reports MassLive.com. He suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of the playoff win over Baltimore and did not return.

If Stork can't play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Colts, right guard Ryan Wendell will start at center with Josh Kline replacing Wendell.

New England is a 6.5-point home favorite.

Bradley Fletcher
News
Free agent cornerback Bradley Fletcher, who visited the Patriots on Tuesday, is signing with the team, reports ESPN.com. It's a one-year deal worth up to $2.5 million, according to the National Football Post.

Fletcher, 28, had 61 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in 15 games with the Eagles last year. He has eight interceptions in his six-year career and could start in New England, which lost shutdown corner Darrelle Revis to the Jets in free agency.

Injury
Hip - Missed Week 17 at N.Y. Giants
Michael Hoomanawanui
News
Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Michael Hoomanawanui were fined $8,268 apiece for their roles in a brawl at the end of New England's 28-24 Super Bowl XLIX victory, according to the Everett Herald.

Gronkowski was fined for participating in the brawl and Hoomanawanui's fine was for taking an opponent's helmet off of his head.

Seahawks outside linebacker Bruce Irvin was fined $10,000 and defensive end Michael Bennett was fined $8,268 for their roles in the fight.

Malcolm Butler
News
Tom Brady was named MVP of Super Bowl XLIX, but the Patriots quarterback wants to reward a teammate that saved the game. 

Brady's MVP honor included a red 2015 Chevrolet Colorado truck. Since he wouldn't have won the game or his third Super Bowl MVP honor without a game-saving interception by defensive back Malcolm Butler, Brady wants to share the wealth.

"I I would love to give him the truck," Brady said on Boston's WEEI radio, Tuesday morning. "I would love to do that. I’m going to figure out how to make that work." 

Butler made an interception on the Patriots' goal line in the final minute, preventing the Seahawks from scoring a game-winning touchdown. 

Michael Buchanan
News
The Patriots announced Monday they reinstated cornerback Brandon Browner and wide receiver Brian Tyms, who both had their roster exemptions lifted after serving four-game suspensions to begin the season.

To clear two roster spots, the Patriots released defensive lineman Joe Vellano and placed defensive lineman Michael Buchanan on injured reserve.

Injury
Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Joe Vellano
News
Patriots running back Jonas Gray will be inactive for Super Bowl 49 along with Zach Moore, Josh Boyce, Brian Tyms, Joe Vellano, Jordan Devey and James White, the team announced.

Gray, who ran for 412 yards on 89 carries in eight games this season, had four carries for four yards in the AFC Championship game for New England. It was his first action in a game since Dec. 21 againt the Jets when he had six carries for five yards.

The game is currently pick'em between Seattle and New England Sunday.

Jamie Collins
News
The Patriots listed 18 players on its final injury report for Week 17 against Buffalo. Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) was the only player on the report listed as probable, while running back Jonas Gray (ankle) and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring) were ruled out. The rest were deemed questionable.

The others include long snapper Danny Aiken (finger), cornerback Kyle Arrington (hamstring), running back LeGarrette Blount (shoulder), cornerback Brandon Browner (groin), linebacker Jamie Collins, offensive lineman Dan Connolly (knee), wide receiver Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion), offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (ankle), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), defensive end Chandler Jones (hip), wide receiver Brandon LaFell (shoulder), defensive end Rob Ninkovich (heel), running back Shane Vereen (ankle), offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer and linebacker Chris White (ankle).

Timothy Wright
News
The Patriots backup pass catchers did little Week 13 against the Packers.

Julian Edelman actually turned in a decent game despite dealing with an injury. He hauled in seven catches for 48 yards. Edelman missed time with a thigh injury, but was able to return to the contest. Michael Hoomanawanui caught one ball, gaining 23 yards. Timothy Wright also hauled in one pass, gaining 12 yards. 

The group will take on the Chargers Week 14. 

Chandler Jones
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The Patriots listed 18 players on its final injury report for Week 17 against Buffalo. Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) was the only player on the report listed as probable, while running back Jonas Gray (ankle) and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring) were ruled out. The rest were deemed questionable.

The others include long snapper Danny Aiken (finger), cornerback Kyle Arrington (hamstring), running back LeGarrette Blount (shoulder), cornerback Brandon Browner (groin), linebacker Jamie Collins, offensive lineman Dan Connolly (knee), wide receiver Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion), offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (ankle), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), defensive end Chandler Jones (hip), wide receiver Brandon LaFell (shoulder), defensive end Rob Ninkovich (heel), running back Shane Vereen (ankle), offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer and linebacker Chris White (ankle).

LeGarrette Blount
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Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount will not face charges for marijuana possession in Pennsylvania, Blount’s attorney said Friday.

Blount and Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell were pulled over and arrested for pot possession in August, a day before a preseason game. Blount satisfied his penalty by working community service in Boston. He will not have to appear in court in Pittsburgh next week. 

Brandon LaFell
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The Patriots methodically matriculated their way down the field to grab a 7-0 lead over the Seahawks with 9:47 left in the second quarter.

Picking on replacement cornerback Tharold Simon, Tom Brady threw an 11-yard slant to Brandon LaFell for his 50th career postseason touchdown pass. It was Brady's 10th Super Bowl scoring toss, second only to Joe Montana's 11.

Simon was playing for Jeremy Lane, who hurt his arm after intercepting Brady in the end zone. Simon also gave up Julian Edelman's 23-yard gainer on the drive.

LaFell, by the way, was a 12-to-1 long shot at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook to score the game's first touchdown.

Marcus Cannon
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Patriots offensive lineman Marcus Cannon has signed a two-year extension, according to ESPN.

Cannon has battled some injuries this season, but has managed to play in all 13 games. After starting the first three games of the year, Cannon took a backseat, and has been used as a backup. 

James Develin
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The Patriots re-signed fullback James Develin, an exclusive rights free agent, to a one-year $660,000 contract, reports the Boston Herald. Develin is a solid blocker who played in every game last season, starting four.

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Rufus Johnson
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The Saints waived or released cornerback Rod Sweeting, linebackers Victor Butler, Rufus Johnson and Kevin Reddick, quarterback Logan Kilgore, tight end Travis Beckum, offensive tackle Manase Foketi and defensive tackle George Uko. The moves bring New Orleans' roster to the mandated 75-man limit.
Caylin Hauptmann
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The Patriots re-signed offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann to their practice squad and released offensive lineman Chris Martin from the squad, the team announced.
Robert McClain
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Free agent cornerback Robert McClain tweeted that he's signing with the Patriots. He spent the past three seasons with the Falcons, making 59 tackles and two interceptions last year.
Tyler Ott
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The Patriots re-signed rookie tight end Justin Jones and released long snapper Tyler Ott.
Tavon Wilson
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According to ESPN Boston, the following players are not expected to dress for the Patriots Friday night against Philadelphia: wide receiver Aaron Dobson, safety Tavon Wilson, safety Kanorris Davis, tight end D.J. Williams, tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, linebacker Cameron Gordon, linebacker Jerod Mayo, linebacker Ja'Gared Davis, linebacker James Anderson, center Bryan Stork, offensive tackle Chris Martin, defensive tackle Dominique Easley, wide receiver Jeremy Gallon, tight end Rob Gronkowski, defensive tackle Ben Bass, defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, defensive tackle Chris Jones, running back Tyler Gaffney, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard  and defensive tackle Sealver Siliga.
Jimmy Garoppolo
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Patriots rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo went 10 for 17 for 90 yards in New England's 17-9 loss to Buffalo Sunday.

Garoppolo was not asked to do much and also had four carries for 16 yards in the contest.

He is now 19 for 27 for 182 yards and one touchdown in his rookie season. 

The Patriots will have a first-round bye and next play in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Garrett Gilbert
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The Patriots have added to their roster quarterback Garrett Gilbert and tight end Steve Maneri, according to the Boston Globe.

Gilbert is a rookie who was cut by St. Louis before the regular season. Maneri earned some playing time with Kansas City in 2012 and 2013, as well as Chicago this season.

Jonas Gray
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Jonas Gray burst on the scene for the Patriots last season, rushing for 201 yards and four touchdowns in a Sunday night game. Just as quickly, he was gone. 

Gray overslept and was late for practice, and coach Bill Belichick didn't give him another chance to showcase his skills. Gray was inactive for the Super Bowl. 

Gray learned his lesson. "The tough part for me was to watch it, and not participate in a matter I thought I should," he told Dan Hanzus of NFL.com. "But it's motivation going into the offseason. I just know I need to work harder, so I'll never get myself in that position again." 

Still on the Patriots, Gray believes he'll get a clean slate next season, and he's spending the offseason preparing himself for the opportunity. 

I tell them, I'm going to have a Jerry Rice/Walter Payton mentality where whatever you do isn't enough," Gray said. "I'm going to have a work ethic where I know, in my heart of hearts, I'm going to outwork everybody. That's what I hope to achieve

James White
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Patriots running back Jonas Gray will be inactive for Super Bowl 49 along with Zach Moore, Josh Boyce, Brian Tyms, Joe Vellano, Jordan Devey and James White, the team announced.

Gray, who ran for 412 yards on 89 carries in eight games this season, had four carries for four yards in the AFC Championship game for New England. It was his first action in a game since Dec. 21 againt the Jets when he had six carries for five yards.

The game is currently pick'em between Seattle and New England Sunday.

Tom Brady
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Tom Brady was named MVP of Super Bowl XLIX, but the Patriots quarterback wants to reward a teammate that saved the game. 

Brady's MVP honor included a red 2015 Chevrolet Colorado truck. Since he wouldn't have won the game or his third Super Bowl MVP honor without a game-saving interception by defensive back Malcolm Butler, Brady wants to share the wealth.

"I I would love to give him the truck," Brady said on Boston's WEEI radio, Tuesday morning. "I would love to do that. I’m going to figure out how to make that work." 

Butler made an interception on the Patriots' goal line in the final minute, preventing the Seahawks from scoring a game-winning touchdown. 

Chimdi Chekwa
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The Patriots are adding defensive back Chimdi Chekwa to the roster, according to ESPN.com's Mike Reiss

Chekwa will sign a one-year contract. Chekwa was originally taken in the fourth round by Oakland in the 2011 NFL draft out of Ohio State. He's started four games in his career. 

Injury
Hamstring - Missed Week 17 at Denver
Dominique Easley
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Patriots defensive lineman Dominique Easley will not need surgery on his knee, according to The Boston Globe. Easley should be on track to take part in OTAs.

Easley, a first-round pick in 2014, finished last season on injured reserve. He finished his rookie campaign with 10 total tackles and a sack.

Logan Ryan
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Patriots defensive back Logan Ryan turned in a solid performance as he came down with a pair of interceptions during Sunday’s game against the Ravens in Week 16.

Ryan picked off Joe Flacco in the opening and third quarters, respectively. He finished the game with one tackle and three defended passes in a 41-7 victory. He surpassed Aqib Talib for the most interceptions (five) on the team. He also leads all NFL rookies in interceptions this season.
Sebastian Vollmer
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Patriots starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer had surgery on his labrum following the Super Bowl, reports ESPN.com. Vollmer played through the nagging injury last season, missing only the regular-season finale when New England rested starters.

The team has not talked about Vollmer's surgery, rehab or timetable for return. But the report said there is optimism Vollmer "will be ready for action when it counts."

Danny Amendola
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The Patriots have restructured the contract of wide receiver Danny Amendola, according to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports on Thursday. Amendola's new base salary will be $12.75 million over the final three years of his deal, though he can max at $15 million.

Amendola, 29, appeared in all 16 games for New England last season, registering 27 receptions for 200 yards and a touchdown. He also caught three touchdowns in the postseason, including one in the Super Bowl against the Seahawks. Amendola has not logged more than 690 receiving yards in his six seasons in the NFL.

Jake Bequette
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The Patriots filled their entire 10-man practice squad, signing defensive linemen Jake Bequette, Charley Hughlett and Deontae Skinner, receiver Josh Boyce, quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, linebacker Ja'Gared Davis, safety Kanorris Davis, running back Jonas Gray, offensive lineman Chris Martin and defensive back Dax Swanson.
Jerod Mayo
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The Patriots have placed linebacker Jerod Mayo on IR, according to ESPN.

Mayo will miss the rest of the season due to a torn patellar tendon. The club has already filled Mayo's spot on the roster by calling up a player from the practice squad. 

Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
Aaron Dobson
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Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson is still recovering from a hamstring injury that ended his season in 2014. Trainer Brett Fischer said Friday he thinks Dobson is going to turn heads when he heads back to Foxboro for training camp, according to the Boston Herald.

"He was talking about, 'When I go up there (to Foxboro) and they see me again, I want to make sure they know I'm in the best shape of my life.' He is really determined," Fischer said. "That is the underlying theme every day: 'Hey, I've got to be ready when April comes, be ready as far as the best shape of my life.' It's frustrating with two years of freaky-type stuff."

Dobson finished a disappointing 2014 season with three catches for 38 yards.

"He is doing great," Fischer said. "I'm really excited for him. He has put the time and effort into it, comes in early, gets all his work in and he is hungry. There are a few specific things we found, minor little things we're working on, that make his program a little bit unique to everybody else's. Nothing major."

Injury
Hamstring - IR. Out for season
Brian Tyms
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The Patriots re-signed receiver Brian Tyms after declining to tender him as a restricted free agent, according to the NFL transaction wire. Tyms, 26, played in 11 games last year, catching five passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Bryan Stork
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Patriots center Bryan Stork is dealing with an MCL injury in his knee, but is expected to start the Super Bowl on Sunday against the Seahawks, sources told the NFL Network.

Stork suffered the injury during the divisional playoff game against the Ravens. He was recently upgraded from questionable to probable.

The Patriots were favored by one-point, but the line has moved to pick'em.

Rob Ninkovich
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The Patriots listed 18 players on its final injury report for Week 17 against Buffalo. Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) was the only player on the report listed as probable, while running back Jonas Gray (ankle) and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring) were ruled out. The rest were deemed questionable.

The others include long snapper Danny Aiken (finger), cornerback Kyle Arrington (hamstring), running back LeGarrette Blount (shoulder), cornerback Brandon Browner (groin), linebacker Jamie Collins, offensive lineman Dan Connolly (knee), wide receiver Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion), offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (ankle), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), defensive end Chandler Jones (hip), wide receiver Brandon LaFell (shoulder), defensive end Rob Ninkovich (heel), running back Shane Vereen (ankle), offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer and linebacker Chris White (ankle).

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