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  • Patriots' Devin McCourty: Returning to Patriots

    McCourty (thumb) signed a one-year, $9 million contract with the Patriots on Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. McCourty will rejoin the Patriots for a 13th consecutive season after he appeared in all 17 games last year and totaled 60 tackles (42 solo), three interceptions and 10 pass defenses. The 34-year-old has remained dependable in recent years, as he was on the field for 89 percent of the team's defensive snaps last year and hasn't missed a game in any of the last six seasons. He underwent a minor thumb procedure in January, but the issue shouldn't impact his availability ahead of the 2022 campaign.
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  • Patriots' Devin McCourty: Secures third interception

    McCourty had six tackles (five solo) and an interception during Saturday's 27-17 loss to the Colts. QB Carson Wentz attempted only 12 passes for Indianapolis with Jonathan Taylor leading the offense on the ground, but McCourty was still able to grab his third pick of the campaign. It was only the fourth time this season the veteran safety has recorded five or more tackles in a game, and he doesn't offer much upside as an IDP option.
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  • Patriots' Devin McCourty: Questionable to return

    McCourty suffered an injury to his abdomen in Sunday's matchup against the Jets and is questionable to return. McCourty picked up the injury in the first half of the contest after racking up two tackles. Cody Davis is likely to see a bigger role in McCourty's absence.
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  • Patriots' Devin McCourty: Snares INT

    McCourty posted five tackles (four solo), a pass breakup and an interception in Sunday's 25-6 win over the Jets. McCourty was one of three Patriots players to intercept a Zach Wilson pass in Week 2. He's now up to 12 tackles through two games. The 2010 first-round pick has never topped 97 stops in a season.
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  • Patriots' Devin McCourty: Records 68 tackles

    McCourty finished the 2020 season with 68 tackles and two interceptions (including one returned for a TD) in 16 games. McCourty, who turns 34 in August, is under contract with New England for 2021 and plans to play next season, Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald reports. The 2010 first-rounder -- who hasn't missed a game since 2015 -- is thus in line to reprise his starting free safety role for the Patriots, an assignment that carries with it a degree of fantasy utility.
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  • Patriots' Devin McCourty: Tagged questionable for finale

    McCourty (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Jets. McCourty provided limited sessions Thursday and Friday after sitting out Wednesday's practice. While New England's postseason aspirations have already been dashed coming into Week 17, McCourty has an opportunity to extend his active games streak to 81 with an appearance against the division-rival Jets.
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  • Patriots' Devin McCourty: Questionable to return

    McCourty is dealing with a shoulder injury and is questionable to return to Monday's matchup with the Bills. Given that the game appears to be out of hand, the Patriots may opt to play it safe and keep their veteran safety sidelined for the remainder of the night. In his absence, Terrence Brooks has been logging snaps at safety.
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  • Patriots' Devin McCourty: Will test free agency

    McCourty said Thursday that he intends to play in 2020 and will explore free agency, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports. McCourty, who has played his entire 10-year NFL career in New England, is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March. The 32-year-old has made his intention to keep playing clear, but it remains to be seen if he'll don a Patriots uniform in 2020 or land with another club. As Volin reports, McCourty last explored free agency in 2015 before ultimately inking a five-year contract with New England.
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  • Patriots' Devin McCourty: Logs six tackles in win

    McCourty was credited with six tackles (five solo) in Saturday's 24-17 win over the Bills. McCourty's tackle production has fallen off this year as he'll need 11 tackles in Week 17 to avoid setting a new career low. He's more than made up for it with five interceptions, however.
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  • Patriots' Devin McCourty: Season-high seven stops

    McCourty tallied seven tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 37-20 loss to the Ravens. McCourty's interception surge (four through the first four games) has tapered off some with just one pick over the last five contests. However, he's starting to look like the sound tackler he used to be. He's marked at least 80 tackles in three straight seasons leading up to this campaign, so Sunday's performance is reminiscent of that. McCourty and the Patriots' defense will lick their wounds over their upcoming bye and look to get back on track Week 11 against the Eagles.
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  • Patriots' Devin McCourty: Snags another interception

    McCourty had three tackles (one solo) and an interception in Monday's win over the Jets. McCourty continued his ball-hawking season Monday as he intercepted Sam Darnold on the Jets' second play from scrimmage. The veteran safety has 20 tackles (15 solo) and leads the league with five interceptions.
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  • Patriots' Devin McCourty: Three games, three picks

    McCourty snagged an interception in Sunday's 30-14 win over the Jets. McCourty now has an interception in three straight games to start the season, and he has eight tackles and four pass breakups to add to the stat line. This is a new territory for the veteran safety, as McCourty hasn't posted more than one interception in a season since the 2012 campaign. However, it should be noted that the Patriots have played against the Steelers, Dolphins and Jets. The competition should pick up at some point, but the foreseeable future still looks bright with matchups against the Bills, Redskins, Giants and Jets over the next four weeks.
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  • Patriots' Devin McCourty: Plans to play in 2019

    McCourty said he will continue his football career in 2019, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports. McCourty has started 139 regular-season games and 22 playoff games in nine NFL seasons, serving as one of the few mainstays on a New England defense that tends to cycle through a lot of players. A contract extension might make sense even if the 31-year-old safety isn't sure about playing beyond 2019, as he's currently scheduled for a $13.44 million cap hit in the final year of his contract, per overthecap.com. The two-time Pro Bowler had just one interception in each of the past three seasons, averaging 84.7 tackles, 5.3 passes defensed, 1.3 fumble recoveries and 0.7 forced fumbles while starting every game in that span.
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  • Patriots' Devin McCourty: Practices in full

    McCourty (concussion) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. McCourty did not practice last week while nursing a head injury, and has now returned in full. The starting safety appears on track to clear the league-mandated concussion protocol in time to suit up for Sunday's divisional-round tilt against the Chargers.
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  • Patriots' Devin McCourty: Still in concussion protocol

    McCourty (concussion) did not practice Thursday, Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald reports. McCourty now misses his second consecutive practice due to a head injury. The Patriots are on a bye and aren't required to submit an injury report at any point this week, so it's difficult to assess McCourty's recovery progress. The starting safety's chances of suiting up for New England's playoff opener remain up in the air, and we likely won't discern his true availability until next week.
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  • Patriots' Devin McCourty: Progressing, still not practicing

    McCourty (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports. McCourty's status for the Patriots' playoff opener remains in limbo, but there appears to be growing optimism that he'll have the chance to suit up. The extra week of rest will be a major factor in McCourty's favor, but given the nature of head injuries, it's more of a wait-and-see situation than anything else at the moment. The hope is he'll return to practice soon, but we likely won't know his game status for the divisional round for at least another week.
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  • Patriots' Devin McCourty: Absent from injury report

    McCourty (undisclosed) wasn't listed on the Patriots' injury report Thursday. McCourty received medical treatment following Sunday's game, but it appears the issue was minor. Barring a setback, he should expect to see his usual role in Sunday's Week 16 game against Buffalo.
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  • Patriots' Devin McCourty: Racks up 14 tackles

    McCourty had 14 tackles (11 solo), a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in Thursday's win over the Colts. McCourty was all over the place Thursday as the Colts passed the ball 59 times, with his big play coming in the third quarter as he jarred the ball loose from Jordan Wilkins and then recovered the fumble. The 31-year-old had only 12 total tackles over the last three weeks, making Thursday's effort a welcome sight. McCourty was the only Patriot to play all 83 defensive snaps, although twin brother Jason missed only a single snap.
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  • Patriots' Devin McCourty: Practicing in full

    McCourty (shoulder) was a full practice participant Friday. McCourty was a limited participant in Thursday's practice due to an undisclosed shoulder injury. However, his full availability in Friday's session puts him right back on track to play in the Super Bowl on Feb. 4.
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  • Patriots' Devin McCourty: Limited at Thursday's practice

    McCourty (shoulder) logged a limited practice session Thursday. McCourty did not show up on the injury report Wednesday, but he had been dealing with a shoulder injury prior to the playoffs starting. With 10 days to go until the Super Bowl, his limited participation is more than likely precautionary.
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