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Colts LB Josh McNary charged with rape

01.14.15 at 5:49 pm ET
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Colts linebacker Josh McNary has been charged with one count of rape, one count of criminal confinement and one count of battery, according to court documents.

The incident reportedly happened in November, according to Fox59.

The Colts released a statement, which read: “We are aware that there has been a report about Josh McNary, but unfortunately that is the limit of our knowledge. At this time we are very concerned and trying to find out what the relevant facts are, but we have insufficient information to venture any opinion. As we learn more we will make appropriate updates.”

McNary, mostly a special teams player, appeared in 15 games this season and finished with 16 tackles. The 26-year-old played in college at Army, and after two years of active military service was signed by the Colts on April 10, 2013.

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Danny Amendola: ‘Special teams is like ‘Braveheart’ sometimes, but it’s a lot of fun’

01.14.15 at 5:25 pm ET
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Danny Amendola has played a major role on special teams this season. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Danny Amendola has played a major role on special teams this season. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — While Danny Amendola hasn’t exactly been a major fixture in the offense this year (27 catches, 200 yards in the regular season), he has emerged as the team’s main return guy, something the receiver has embraced and flourished at.

In his second year in New England, Amendola returned 20 kickoffs for 482 yards, averaging 24.1 yards per return. He’s also returned 16 punts for 132 yards.

“€œI love playing special teams,” said Amendola. “It’€™s fun, it’€™s like ‘Braveheart’ sometimes but it’€™s a lot of fun. I love every aspect of football, so getting out on the field is fun for me.”

With the wind chills in the single digits for last Saturday’s game against the Ravens and possible rainy conditions on Sunday, Amendola knows the weather will play a role in the game.

“Wind, weather, everything comes into play when you’€™re in the kicking game ‘€“ how far the ball is going to traveling in the air, where it’€™s going to travel with the wind,” he said. “Every play is different too.”

Coach Bill Belichick had some positive things to say about Amendola after Saturday’s game against the Ravens — a game in which he scored two touchdowns.

“Nobody works harder in practice. He’€™s made some huge plays for us,” Belichick said.

Amendola said working hard as always been something he’s taken pride in.

“It’s encouraging to me. It’s important to work hard,” Amendola said. “I won’t be in a position I am today if I didn’t work hard. That is the way I roll.”

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Vince Wilfork explains why Andrew Luck is a ‘young stud’ the Pats, NFL will be ‘seeing a lot more of’

01.14.15 at 4:54 pm ET
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Vince Wilfork spoke highly of Andrew Luck Wednesday. (Mike Petraglia/

Vince Wilfork spoke highly of Andrew Luck Wednesday. (Mike Petraglia/

FOXBORO — The Patriots may be 3-0 in his career against Andrew Luck. But that’s not going to stop them from heaping praise on the quarterback who has thrown for more yards in his first five playoff games than any quarterback in NFL history.

The Patriots intercepted Luck four times in beating him in the playoffs last season and picked him off once in a 42-20 win on Nov. 16 at Lucas Oil Stadium. But since then, Luck has won seven of eight games, including a pair of playoff games.

“[They’re] a lot better team,” Vince Wilfork said Wednesday. “I think they played well together as a team in all three phases. They’€™re coached well. They have great playmakers. A great offense. I mean, Luck is probably one of the best quarterbacks in the game. He’€™s a young stud. And you’€™ll be seeing a lot of more of him in his future.”

To Wilfork’s point, Luck is 3-2 in the postseason, and has made the playoffs in each of his first three seasons in Indianapolis, winning the AFC South the last two years.

“We know how important it is for us to get off to a good start and play good football to be successful this Sunday,” Wilfork added. “But it’€™s going to take everything we have. Everything we work for, you just kind of have to reflect back on everything you’€™ve been through and the moment that you’€™re in because you can’€™t let anything slip away at this point. Because like I said, we worked so hard to get here so the last thing you want thing is now leave a stone unturned. And we don’€™t want to do that, so everything we have to do leading up this game we have to do it at the highest level. Gameday we have to be play at the highest level.

“You know, the things that you have in the game now you won’€™t have a lot of opportunities. So when you do have an opportunity, you have to take advantage of it. But these teams are good. The Colts are good. They give you too many opportunities and when we do get a chance to have an opportunity we have to take advantage of it. So it’€™s going to be a good matchup. It’€™s a good matchup for us.”

This will be Wilfork’s sixth appearance in the AFC championship, missing last season with his torn Achilles. He is trying to advance to his fourth Super Bowl. Will he have any pregame advice to the young players?

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Bryan Stork misses Patriots practice; Dont’a Hightower, Brandon Browner among 4 limited

01.14.15 at 4:16 pm ET
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Bryan Stork

Bryan Stork

FOXBORO — The Patriots released their first injury report of AFC championship week on Wednesday in advance of Sunday’s game.

Rookie center Bryan Stork (knee) was the only player to miss Wednesday’s practice — this after leaving Saturday’s game against the Ravens and not returning. The team also had four players limited in the session held on the game field at Gillette Stadium.

Three players not on the injury report last week were added this week, including Brandon Browner (knee) who left Saturday’s game and didn’t return. Dont’a Hightower’s shoulder injury has popped back up and Chris Jones has been added with an elbow injury.

Wide out Brandon LaFell remains limited with a shoulder/toe injury and Tom Brady (ankle) was a full participant.

Julian Edelman‘s concussion and Jonas Gray’s ankle injuries have been removed from the report.

Here is the complete practice report:

Did not participate

C Bryan Stork (knee)

Limited participation

CB Brandon Browner (knee)
LB Dont’a Hightower (shoulder)
DT Chris Jones (elbow)
WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder/toe)

Full participation

QB Tom Brady (ankle)

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Bill Belichick hails Colts as ‘the toughest team’ Pats have played all year

01.14.15 at 3:05 pm ET
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FOXBORO — The clear and common assumption after Saturday’s 35-31 heart-pounding win was that the Ravens would be the toughest hurdle the Patriots have to clear on their path to another Super Bowl appearance.

Not so fast says Bill Belichick. The Patriots head coach, perhaps as a warning to his own players, told everyone that would listen Wednesday that these Colts are not the same finesse team New England ran over, around and through on Nov. 16 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“I’€™d like to start off by saying on behalf of the team and the organization it’€™s a great honor to be in this game, to have the opportunity to compete for the AFC Championship,” Belichick said in his opening remarks. “It’€™s something that the team’€™s worked obviously extremely hard and long to get to this point, to have this opportunity. We’€™re excited about it. We have a tremendous amount of respect for our opponent. I think this is the toughest team that we’€™ve played all year.”

The reason for Belichick’s warning and concern is two-fold. First, the Patriots fumbled the ball and fell behind 14 points twice against Baltimore and the coach feels they were lucky to scratch their way back. Secondly, they’re facing a Colts team that is brimming with confidence, beating the Broncos in Denver on Sunday, eliminating Peyton Manning and advancing to their first AFC championship since Peyton Manning took the Colts to Super Bowl XLIV in Miami in 2009.

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Rob Gronkowski ready for ’emotional’ game, but ‘when emotions get rolling you have to put the team first’

01.14.15 at 2:48 pm ET
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Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are both very emotional players. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are both very emotional players. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — It was an emotional game the last time the Patriots and Colts met on Nov. 16, especially for tight end Rob Gronkowski when he blocked Colts safety Sergio Brown 10 yards off the field and into a NBC camera station.

After the game he said Brown was, “yappin'” all game so he “threw him out of the club.”

It should be another emotional game Sunday with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line, but Gronkowski knows while playing with emotion is good, he can’t have it turn into something that will hurt the team.

“You just have to go out there and play football. It’s definitely an emotional game and when emotions get rolling you have to put the team first,” said Gronkowski. “Got to play with emotion, play hard, be physical, be mentally ready. Emotions definitely come into play, but you have to be emotionally ready.”

Quarterback Tom Brady in particular has been known for being an emotional player — both high and low. Gronkowski said he loves playing with a player like that, as being very passionate is part of the game.

“€œThat’€™s always good to see a teammate like that –€“ it gets everyone fired up, it gets everyone passionate,” said Gronkowski. “I hope every player does that on the team, but definitely when you see Tom do it, it motivates you and shows how much passion he’€™s got going on at the moment. It definitely gets you going.”

As for going against Brown again, Gronkowski wasn’t going to go there.

“I’m just excited to go out there and play the game of football, no matter who it is [versus],” he said.

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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price preview Andrew Luck, Colts vs. Tom Brady, Patriots for AFC title

01.14.15 at 2:37 pm ET
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FOXBORO —’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview the AFC Championship between the Patriots and Indianapolis Colts Sunday at GIllette Stadium. The game is a rematch of the Nov. 16 meeting at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis when Jonas Gray ran for 201 yards and four touchdowns on 37 carries in a 42-20 Patriots’ win. This is the second time Andrew Luck is facing Tom Brady in the playoffs, with the Patriots winning, 43-22, last year, a game that featured four Luck interceptions.

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