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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 for action at Pats 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 today. “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

Pats headed to camp with restocked defense

Monday, July 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — 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 the … 0

Judge denies bid to suppress Hernandez evidence

Monday, July 14, 2014

FALL RIVER — A Massachusetts judge on Monday rejected a bid by lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to suppress evidence from a cellphone and video surveillance footage taken from his home during an investigation into the killing of a friend. The former Patriots tight end has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of semi-professional football player Odin … 0

Patriots preparing with life of leisure

Thursday, January 2, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Devin McCourty knows the 14 rookies on the New England roster will be facing a different game when the Patriots return from their first-round bye to play in the divisional playoff Jan. 11. It’s the sense … 0

Brady is just fine with handing off the ball

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady has had to win so many games for the New England Patriots over the years with his right arm. So he’s thrilled with the way his team has run the ball the past two weeks. “Last week, we just did a great job of … 0

True grit: Pats’ toughness lifted team to week off

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

FOXBOROUGH — LeGarrette Blount carries defenders with him. Logan Mankins misses just one series after hurting his ankle. Tom Brady drives his team to last-minute victories. These New England Patriots are one tough bunch. “You’ve got to deal … 0

Patriots’ McDaniels possible Browns fit

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

CLEVELAND — The Browns ended the year the same way they began 2013 — looking for a coach. The search is on. Again. The team will begin the interviewing candidates to replace Rob Chudzinski this week by meeting … 0

Belichick studies Pats’ possible playoff foes

Monday, December 30, 2013

FOXBOROUGH — Bill Belichick doesn’t have much time to rest during the Patriots’ bye. He’ll study ways to improve his own team and beat three potential playoff opponents. Just as he’s done so many times before. New England’s … 0

Pats earn bye with 34-20 win over Bills

Sunday, December 29, 2013

FOXBOROUGH — LeGarrette Blount made one last big splash into a soggy end zone. The powerful back finished his 35-yard touchdown run up the left sideline by flopping with outstretched arms and capping the New England Patriots 34-20 … 0

Ridley aims to get back starting job

Thursday, December 26, 2013

FOXBOROUGH — Stevan Ridley took a giant step back into the good graces of his coaches in last week’s AFC East-clinching win at Baltimore. Now the goal for the New England running back is to stay there. Ridley, … 0

Pats face finale with playoff seeding at stake

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

FOXBOROUGH — Young or old, Patriots players have the same view of looking ahead to the playoffs. They don’t. The Patriots already have won their fifth straight AFC East title and can clinch their eighth first-round bye in … 0

Turnovers by Pats’ defense fuel rout of Ravens

Monday, December 23, 2013

FOXBOROUGH — Something important was missing from the New England Patriots defense besides some of its best players: Turnovers. Not anymore. The Patriots’ injury-filled defense ended a two-game takeaway drought by grabbing four in a surprising 41-7 rout … 0

Pats smack Ravens, 41-7

Sunday, December 22, 2013

BALTIMORE — The New England Patriots put on a performance worthy of a division winner. Making it even sweeter was that it came at the expense of the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, who bounced New England … 0