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Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard banged up in Tuesday OTA session

06.04.13 at 1:05 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard appeared to suffer a left shoulder or collarbone injury late in New England’s OTA session, and had to be carted off the field before practice came to a close.

Dennard, a seventh-round pick out of Nebraska last season, had 35 tackles (34 solo), seven passes defensed and three interceptions for the Patriots last season. Along with Aqib Talib, the 5-foot-10, 200-pounder projects as one of New England’s two starting cornerbacks in 2013.

Dennard, running back Stevan Ridley and tight end Jake Ballard were three players who appeared to get banged up over the course of the session, which ran for nearly two hours on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium. Ridley suffered a right hamstring pull roughly halfway through the practice session and sat out the rest of the workout, while Ballard — who sat out all of the 2012 season because of a knee injury — appeared to come down awkwardly on his left foot or ankle relatively early on, and was sidelined for the rest of the outing.

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Video: Chris Price, Dr. Kenneth Polivy discuss Rob Gronkowski’s upcoming back surgery

06.03.13 at 6:33 pm ET
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In the latest edition of the “NWOA Injury Report,”’s Chris Price is joined by Dr. Kenneth Polivy MD of Newton Wellesley Orthopedic Associates to talk about Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski‘s upcoming back surgery.

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T.J. Moe clears waivers, lands on Patriots injured reserve

06.03.13 at 5:11 pm ET
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Undrafted free agent T.J. Moe — who received $30,000 in guaranteed money when he signed with the Patriots following the 2013 draft — has cleared waived after tearing his Achilles and has been placed on the team’s injured reserve list, according to the NFL’s transaction wire.

He will not count against New England’s 90-man roster. The Patriots waived/injured him on Friday following an injury he suffered last week during OTAs.

Moe, 22, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 3, out of Missouri. The 6-foot, 200-pounder played in 48 games over his four seasons at Missouri, totaling 188 receptions for 2,101 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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Patriots sign offensive lineman R.J. Mattes

06.03.13 at 3:38 pm ET
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The Patriots announced Monday they have re-signed rookie free agent offensive lineman R.J. Mattes. Mattes, 23, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 13 out of North Carolina State before being released on May 23. The 6-foot-6, 313-pounder, was a four-year starter at both guard and tackle and was named a second-team All-ACC as a senior in 2012.

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Report: Wide receiver T.J. Moe suffered torn Achilles tendon

06.01.13 at 12:31 am ET
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No member of New England’s class of undrafted free agents was more intriguing that T.J. Moe. The slot receiver out of Mizzou had several suitors, but the Patriots were able to land him — thanks in part to the fact that they gave him $30,000 in guaranteed money, an impressive amount for any undrafted free agent.

With that understood, it was surprising to hear New England waived the 6-foot, 200-pound Moe on Friday afternoon. But late Friday, it was revealed the receiver suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon, and as a result, is expected to be on the shelf for the duration of the 2013 season. (The fact that he was waived means he’ll be exposed to the rest of the league for a brief period of time — which would allow any other team to pick him up — but barring something remarkable, Moe will likely end up back in New England sooner rather than later, where he will likely figure into the mix in 2014.)

The 22-year-old was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 3 out of Missouri. As a collegian, he played in 48 games over his four seasons at Missouri, totaling 188 receptions for 2,101 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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It Is What It Is Cast: Chris Price, Jeff Howe talk Patriots offseason

06.01.13 at 12:18 am ET
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On the latest edition of the “It Is What It Is Cast,” WEEI’s Chris Price talks with the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe about the Patriots offseason, Rob Gronkowski‘s back surgery, Danny Amendola replacing Wes Welker, and how the 2013 team could stack up against last seasons. Click here to listen or download.

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Tom Brady coy about Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker at Best Buddies event

05.31.13 at 11:06 pm ET
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Count Tom Brady among those donating to The One Fund Boston.

The Patriots quarterback said Friday at Harvard Stadium that all proceeds from his Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port event this weekend will go to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

‘€œOne thing about our community here in Boston is the support that we get from all the athletes, all the people,’€ Brady said at the weekend-long charity event’€™s kickoff, the Tom Brady Football Challenge. ‘€œIt’€™s a small town and it’€™s a special place to play.’€

Brady touched on a variety of football-related topics but generally played it safe in his four-minute media session, including claiming he is out of the loop on Rob Gronkowski‘€™s ongoing medical issues.

‘€œI really don’€™t know,’€ he said of the tight end’s pending back surgery. ‘€œI haven’€™t inquired too much about what’€™s going on. That’€™s all the medical stuff that always sorts itself out.’€

Brady said he has stayed in touch with Wes Welker, who signed with the Broncos in March after six seasons in New England, and understands Welker’€™s decision is part of the game.

‘€œI always miss his friendship. He’€™s one of my best friends,’€ Brady said. ‘€œHe’€™s on a great team. He’€™s moved and that’€™s part of the NFL and something I’€™ve been accustomed to over the years, losing some friends.’€

He has enjoyed, however, working with a pair of his new receivers, Danny Amendola and second-round draft pick Aaron Dobson.

‘€œ[Amendola] comes in and he works really hard and he wants to do everything right. He’€™s very competitive. It’€™s been a lot of fun,’€ Brady said. ‘€œWe’€™re definitely trying to get all those guys up to speed. When you haven’€™t really played with anybody for a significant time ‘€¦ there’€™s definitely a learning curve, and we’€™re going to try to work with that learning curve as much as we can. The practices have to be competitive.’€

Best Buddies is a volunteer group founded by Anthony Shriver that creates opportunities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A number of other Patriots — including Amendola, Vince Wilfork and Zoltan Mesko — and celebrity chef Guy Fieri were in attendance Friday.

‘€œIt’€™s a highlight of my year to see the buddies and their excitement over the game, and a little bit of competitiveness,’€ Brady said.

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