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DE Chandler Jones not spotted at start of Patriots practice

10.23.14 at 11:59 am ET
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Chandler Jones was missing from the start of Patriots practice on Thursday, according to reports.

The defensive end, who was the only player on the active roster not spotted Thursday morning at the workout in the Dana-Farber Fieldhouse, will reportedly be sidelined for the next month because of a hip injury he suffered last week against the Jets.

New England continues preparing for a Sunday afternoon date with the Bears at Gillette Stadium.

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Bears RB Matt Forte on Sunday’s postgame incident: ‘People yell and scream in the locker room all the time’

10.23.14 at 8:00 am ET
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Matt Forte and the Bears say they have put Sunday's postgame events behind them. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Matt Forte and the Bears say they have put Sunday’s postgame events behind them. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Following the Bears’ 27-14 home loss to the Dolphins on Sunday, much was made of a reported heated locker room incident where Brandon Marshall reportedly called out some of his teammates, including quarterback Jay Cutler.

The players and their coach are putting the incident behind them, calling it a non-issue.

“It’s really no big deal what happened after the game,” running back Matt Forte said on a conference call Wednesday. “Nothing really happened. People yell and scream in the locker room all the time. It just so happens that they heard some stuff. After a loss like that, being our third loss at home, we’re going to have to rally no matter what.”

“I’ve been in NFL locker rooms for 20 years. To me there was nothing there that was at all out of the ordinary or unique, in my opinion,” coach Marc Trestman added. “Players moved on today. That’s really it. That’s really all there is.”

Some of the frustration stems from their performance at home — going winless in three home games so far this season. They have played much better on the road, going 3-1 — their latest a 27-13 win over Atlanta two weeks ago.

“There’s really no secret,” Forte said. “We’ve played solid football when we go win on the road, and at home it’s just changed for some reason. On the road, we’ve taken care of the football pretty well, and our defense has gotten a lot of takeaways. Last week on Sunday, our defense played well enough for us to win the game, but we had too many turnovers. For us to win the game and after this game and the bye week when we start playing some home games, we need to carry that over to our home games, too, and play consistent football where we’re not turning it over.”

The biggest key for the Bears this season has been taking care of the ball. It’s been pretty cut and dry, as when Cutler throws an interception the Bears are 0-4, and when he doesn’t they are 3-0.

“It’s one of the main things we talk about is taking care of the football, protecting the quarterback and establishing the run game,” Forte said. “In the games that we’ve won, we’ve done that. In the games that we’ve lost, we haven’t done it. It’s not a secret formula to winning games or how we play well. We just have to play consistently like when we’ve won the games that we have won.”

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Darrelle Revis reportedly overslept on Tuesday, returned to Gillette to apologize to Bill Belichick

10.22.14 at 10:51 pm ET
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What happened to cornerback Darrelle Revis on Tuesday is apparently becoming clearer.

Initially, there was the report that the veteran had missed practice and was turned away from the facility, Adalius Thomas-style. But on Wednesday night, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reported that Revis overslept, and was told to stay home from practice.

Later on Tuesday, he showed up at the facility, and was reportedly contrite when he spoke with coach Bill Belichick regarding the incident. (One league source indicated to that they were surprised when Revis wasn’t at the facility on Tuesday morning because he’s usually one of the first people in the building.)

Revis was back at practice on Wednesday, and spoke with the media in the locker room afterward. When asked about his Tuesday absence on Wednesday afternoon, Revis brushed off the question.

“[That's] between me and coach. Talk to him about it,” he said.

The initial story of Revis being sent home caused some to compare his situation with the infamous “LateGate” situation in 2009 involving Thomas, Randy Moss, Gary Guyton and Derrick Burgess. On a snowy morning, that foursome showed up late to a meeting, and were sent home by Belichick.

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Chris Jones: ‘An honor’ to win AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

10.22.14 at 7:29 pm ET
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FOXBORO — When Chris Jones blocked Nick Folk’s game-winning field goal attempt last Thursday night, it was the Patriots’ second blocked field goal of the season and now both of those blocked kicks have led to AFC Player of the Week honors as he was named the AFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 7 on Wednesday.

This comes after Chandler Jones was named the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week when he blocked a field goal and returned it for a touchdown in Week 2 against Minnesota.

“€œI wasn’€™t the only guy in the middle pushing. I just happened to be the one that got my hand up there to block the field goal,” Chris said. “It’€™s an honor to win it, I guess.”

The team works on it on a daily basis and with two blocked kicks it’s been paying off.

“We work on it almost everyday, actually,” Chris said. “We try and work on every phase of the game and we actually worked on it a little bit today.”

With Chandler reportedly sidelined for about a month with a hip injury, others will need to step in and back an impact on the defensive line.

“We have guys that are stepping up,” Chris said. “This week we have Dominique Easley and Zach Moore — we have those guys stepping up this week and they are doing really well for us.”€

“They stepped in and they do their job really well for us,” he added. “They work really hard in practice and watching film. They know their stuff and they do really good things for us.”

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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price look ahead to how Patriots will deal with Matt Forte, Bears

10.22.14 at 5:03 pm ET
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FOXBORO —’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price detail how the New England Patriots will overcome injuries to Jerod Mayo and Chandler Jones to come up with a defensive game plan for Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

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Chandler Jones misses Patriots practice; Dan Connolly, Bryan Stork limited

10.22.14 at 4:42 pm ET
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FOXBORO — The Patriots offensive line appears to be getting closer to being back to full strength.

After not practicing at all last week prior to missing the game with the Jets, offensive linemen Bryan Stork and Dan Connolly both returned to practice on Wednesday for a second straight day, although on a limited basis — both were dealing with concussions.

Also on the offensive line, Cameron Fleming (finger) returned to practice for the first time this week since suffering the injury in the Kansas City game. (It should be noted the Patriots practiced on Tuesday where all three players were present, but the team wasn’t required to put out a practice report)

As expected, Chandler Jones (hip) was the only player to miss practice and Darrelle Revis did not appear on the injury report after missing Tuesday’s practice. It’s been reported he was sent home for being late to the facility.

Here is the full injury report:

Did not participate

DE Chandler Jones (hip)

Limited participation

OL Dan Connolly (concussion)
DL Dominique Easley (shoulder/knee)
DB Nate Ebner (finger)
OL Cameron Fleming (finger)
WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)
OL Bryan Stork (concussion)

Full participation

QB Tom Brady (ankle)
CB Brandon Browner (ankle)
LB Jamie Collins (thigh)
LB Dont’a Hightower (knee)
S Devin McCourty (rib)

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Report: Bill Belichick sent Darrelle Revis home Tuesday because he was late

10.22.14 at 4:13 pm ET
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Bill Belichick sent Darrelle Revis home from the facility on Tuesday because he was late, according to a report from the Boston Globe.

Asked Wednesday about missing practice on Tuesday, Revis did not elaborate.

“[That's] between me and coach,” he said Wednesday afternoon. “Talk to him about it.”

In his first season with the Patriots, the 29-year-old Revis has one interception and 23 tackles.

“Having Darrelle here, I’€™ve really been impressed with his professionalism, how serious and businesslike he is in terms of his preparation and studying of games, of what we do and what our opponents do,” Belichick said Wednesday when asked about Revis on a conference call with the Chicago media.

“A hard-working guy that’€™s spent a lot of extra time in trying to do his job the very best he can do it,” added Belichick. “I have a lot of respect for how he’€™s gone about that. Those are the things you just don’€™t see when a players with another team — not the same kind of day-to-day appreciation that I’€™ve had the opportunity to have this year. He’€™s played well for us. I’€™m glad we have him.”

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