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DE Chandler Jones discusses road back from injury

12.04.14 at 4:04 pm ET
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Chandler Jones

Chandler Jones

In his first public comments since going down with a hip injury in Week 7, Chandler Jones told reporters Thursday that he’s “just following the protocol” and doing what he needs to do to help the team.

“My biggest focus right now is just trying to catch up to the pace that the rest of my teammates are on and do what I can to help the team,” the Patriots defensive end told reporters. “Every day, I’m listening to what the coaches and the doctors are saying. However I can help the team, whether it’s in the film room or however it was, that’s what I’ll do.”

Jones, who said “we’re not going to talk about the injury at all,” said he’s doing whatever he can do while he’s sidelined.

“Every day, I’m listening to what the coaches and the doctors are saying,” he said. “However I can help the team, whether it’s in the film room or however it was, that’s what I’ll do.

“Every day is [a] progression, especially for someone that has been out. Every day forward is a good day.”

Jones has 4.5 sacks and eight quarterback hits this season with the Patriots.

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Rob Gronkowski on ‘Justin Bieber curse': ‘We’re just on to San Diego, we’re just worried about the Chargers’

12.04.14 at 3:53 pm ET
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It’s been all business in San Diego this week as the Patriots prepare for the Chargers on Sunday night, but a few players on the team did get to a Clippers game in Los Angeles Monday night before the team’s off day on Tuesday.

At the game, the players including Rob Gronkowski, met up with singer Justin Bieber in the Clippers locker room.

Pictures were posted on Twitter and Instagram, which sent a buzz across the internet with people noting the so called “Bieber curse.” It all comes after the last three teams Bieber has visited, they have have all been defeated right after the visit — the Knicks lost to the Bulls by 25, LeBron James‘ Cavs were upset by the Knicks and in the NFL, the Steelers were upset by the Jets after Bieber went to the team’s bible study the night before the game.

Gronkowski was asked of the curse, but he didn’t have much to say.

“We’re just on to San Diego, we’re just worried about the Chargers,” Gronkowski told reporters in California before practice on Thursday.

On the field Sunday night will be two of the best tight ends to play the game in Gronkowski and Antonio Gates. Gates talked on Tuesday about how he’s been able to stay on the field and play at the level he has for so long (12 seasons) — something Gronkowski has been working on after not being able to play a full season since 2011.

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Video: ‘4th & Goal’ breaks down Patriots and Chargers

12.04.14 at 1:45 pm ET
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WEEI.com’s Chris Price previews the Week 14 matchup between the Patriots and the Chargers. Find out the keys to the game as well as Chris’ prediction.

Aaron Dobson (hamstring) placed on injured reserve

12.04.14 at 11:36 am ET
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If you thought Aaron Dobson’s season couldn’t get any worse, it has.

According to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, Dobson will be placed on injured reserve, ending his season. The second-year wide receiver has only been active for four games this season and has just three catches for 38 yards. Sunday was his first game since Oct. 12 in Buffalo, but after only playing a few plays, Dobson pulled up lame after running a deep route and grabbed his hamstring. He didn’t return to the game.

Dobson did not practice with the team yesterday in San Diego.

UPDATE 6:20 p.m.: The Patriots have officially placed Dobson on injured reserve.

Last season as a rookie, Dobson had 37 catches for 519 yards and four touchdowns, but after having offseason foot surgery, and missing some offseason activities, he hasn’t been able to get up to speed since and has been passed on the depth chart by Brian Tyms.

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Robert Kraft ‘might be a little late’ to Patriots-Chargers game if Revolution win MLS Cup

12.04.14 at 10:10 am ET
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Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft

It will be a big Sunday for the Kraft family Sunday in California as both the Revolution and Patriots will be in action roughly 125 miles apart. The Revolution will be taking on the L.A. Galaxy in the MLS Cup in the afternoon and then the Patriots will take on the Chargers in San Diego at night.

“I will definitely be at MLS Cup,” Patriots and Revolution owner Robert Kraft told USA Today. “I am planning to get to San Diego too, as long as we get the helicopter permits.”

The MLS Cup is set to begin at 3 p.m. EST and the Patriots-Chargers has a kickoff set for 8:30 p.m. EST.

The Revolution will be playing in their fifth MLS Cup and are 0-4 in those games, so if they were to win against the Galaxy — who feature league MVP Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan, and are seeking their third championship in four years — Kraft might be staying a little bit to celebrate.

“It is an important game for the Patriots and San Diego is a tough team,” Kraft said. “But if we win the MLS Cup and I am there celebrating with our team … well, I might be a little late.”

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‘Timeless’ Antonio Gates offers tips on how Rob Gronkowski can maintain durability, consistency

12.04.14 at 8:00 am ET
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Antonio Gates has been the gold standard at tight end for several seasons. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Veteran Antonio Gates has been the gold standard at tight end for several seasons. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Antonio Gates has some words of wisdom for Rob Gronkowski.

The 34-year-old San Diego tight end — who has spent the last decade rumbling through the AFC West in a fashion similar to Gronkowski — said Wednesday that while it’s OK to play physical football, there are times where you have to temper your approach.

“I’m a firm believer in being physical,” said the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Gates. “But then, there are unnecessary hits you don’t have to take. Some people think you can’t be physical and not have aggression. We talk about having aggression, but still staying fundamentally sound. What that means is you go out, play hard, and be physical, but still play smart at the same time.”

Gronkowski played 46 straight games coming out of college, but has been hampered with arm and knee issues that have robbed him of the better part of the last two seasons. The 12 straight games he’s played to this point in the 2014 season represent the longest consecutive games played streak dating back to the start of his NFL career.

“I think that’s what maybe [Gronkowski] has added to his repertoire this year — or that’s something that maybe the majority of young guys need to understand,” he added. “It’s a very physical game. It’s not like college. These guys are getting paid millions of dollars to come out and play and you have to take care of yourself. You have to take care of yourself.”

Gronkowski would do well to listen to Gates. The three-time All-Pro has been executing at a high level for 11-plus years, and despite playing an extremely physical brand of football, has managed to become one of the more durable pass-catchers in the game. He’s never played less than 10 games in a season while racking up amazing numbers — he has 766 career catches and 9,767 receiving yards to go along with 96 career touchdowns.

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Darrelle Revis: ‘We can bounce back’

12.04.14 at 7:00 am ET
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Darrelle Revis believes the Patriots can bounce back this weekend against the Chargers. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis believes the Patriots can bounce back this weekend against the Chargers. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis believes the Patriots will be able to rebound after Sunday’€™s 26-21 loss to the Packers in Green Bay, a defeat that snapped a seven-game win streak.

“We started out 2-2, and we corrected our mistakes and we moved on each week to consistently win a bunch of games,” Revis told reporters Wednesday in Southern California. “This is a bump in the road for us, the Green Bay game, but we can bounce back and we have another chance. That’s the great thing about this league is week to week you get another chance, another stab at it to go out there and win.”

Instead of returning to New England for a week of practice, Revis and the Patriots went west following Sunday’s game in Green Bay, and have spent the week working out in Southern California in advance of Sunday’s game. He said Wednesday he’s enjoyed the unique experience.

“I think it’s great, man,” he said. “I think this is really thought out by our organization and Bill and our coaching staff of doing this after such a big game against Green Bay. Guys are hanging out, sitting by the pool, relaxing, just being around each other.

“This is probably a crucial time in our season too for us to continue to be around each other and still have each other’s back as a team,” he added, “because we have this game and we have three left after this, so we really have to be on the same page as a team and as a coaching staff to finish out the season.”

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