|01.21.15 at 9:11 pm ET|
Even though the Patriots didn’t practice on Wednesday, the team released a projected practice report if they were to have practiced.
Bryan Stork (knee) was the only player who would not have practiced. He didn’t play in the AFC championship game after leaving the divisional round game in the second quarter. Him not going on injured reserve seems like a sign that there is a chance he will be able to play in the Super Bowl.
Sealver Siliga (foot) is the only new player to be added since last week. He injured the foot in Sunday’s game, but returned to action.
The Seahawks did hold practice on Wednesday and had five players not practicing. Marshawn Lynch (not injury related), Clint Gresham (neck), Michael Bennett (not injury related), JR Sweezy (ankle) and Earl Thomas (shoulder) didn’t practice. Justin Britt (knee) and Richard Sherman (elbow) were full participants.
Here is the complete Patriots projected practice report:
Did not practice
C Bryan Stork (knee)
CB Brandon Browner (knee)
LB Dont’a Hightower (shoulder)
DT Chris Jones (elbow)
WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder/toe)
DT Sealver Siliga (foot)
QB Tom Brady (ankle)
|01.21.15 at 8:53 pm ET|
The Patriots will get a Boston send off this time for the Super Bowl.
Mayor Marty Walsh announced Wednesday evening that his city will host a Super Bowl send-off rally for the Patriots on Monday morning at 11 o’clock in City Hall Plaza. The team’s last two Super Bowl send-off rallies were inside Gillette Stadium, and both resulted in Patriots losses to the New York Giants.
Perhaps a change of venue will result in a change of luck.
Another reason for the rally in Boston is the fact that the Patriots, because of Sunday’s Pro Bowl in Phoenix, are leaving on a weekday. Having it in City Hall Plaza will allow thousands of fans working in the city to make it over for the rally before and during lunchtime.
City Hall Plaza has often been the hub of post-championship celebrations in years past, as was the case with the Celtics and and Bruins in the 1970s and 80s before the Patriots started the tradition of the Duck Boat rallies in Feb. 2002, following their victory in Super Bowl XXXVI.
Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, President Jonathan Kraft, Head Coach Bill Belichick and Patriots captains Tom Brady, Dan Connolly, Vince Wilfork, Devin McCourty and Matthew Slater will address the fans in celebration of the Patriots’ AFC Championship before the team leaves for Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona.
“I am thrilled to host our conference champion New England Patriots at City Hall to rally before we send them off to another Super Bowl,” said Mayor Walsh in a statement. “This is an exciting time for Boston, and I remind all fans to celebrate responsibly and make our City proud.”
The rally will be hosted by Patriots public address announcer and WEEI.com contributor John Rooke, and will include performances by the New England Patriots cheerleaders, an appearance by New England Patriots‘ mascot Pat Patriot, and the Patriots End Zone Militia.
|01.21.15 at 8:17 pm ET|
Everyone recalls Sherman’s “You mad, bro?” comment towards Brady following the 2012 game in Seattle when the Seahawks came back from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Patriots, 24-23. Sherman said Wednesday Brady was the one who actually started the trash talking.
“He was pretty much saying that we were nobodies,” Sherman said Wednesday via ESPN.com. “And we should come up to him after they got the win. He said stuff like that throughout the game. So we should just take that pretty well? Sure, can I get your autograph, too?”
The Seattle cornerback says the public perception of Brady is actually a lot different than what the 37-year-old Brady is like on the field.
“I think people somehow get a skewed view of Tom Brady,” Sherman said. “That he’s just a clean-cut guy that does everything right and never says a bad word to anyone. We know him to be otherwise.
“In that moment of him being himself, he said some things and we returned the favor. Unfortunately, he apparently didn’t remember what he said. I’m sure also in those moments when he’s yelling at the ref, he’s just saying, ‘Good job. You’re doing a fantastic job. Keep it up.'”
On Monday morning on Dennis & Callahan, Brady was asked of Sherman’s trash talking and the quarterback said at the time he didn’t even think he was trash talking him.
“Truthfully, at that time, I thought he was coming up to say, ‘Good game.’ That’s all I thought it was,” Brady said. “It was loud after that game so I didn’t really hear anything. And then I went into the locker room after the game and everyone said that whatever it was the next day, that he said he was, I don’t know, talking trash to me. I just thought he came up and said, ‘Good game.’ So that was all a bit of a surprise to me.”
As for the game next Sunday, Sherman is looking forward to it. Being one of the top cornerbacks in the league sometimes opposing quarterbacks are afraid to throw his way –Sherman hopes Brady goes after him.
“I don’t care,” Sherman said. “I hope so. It will give me more opportunities to get the ball. He had me in his sights before.”
|01.21.15 at 4:01 pm ET|
The Patriots used 12 backup footballs for the second half of Sunday’s AFC championship game after issues were found with most of the original 12 balls used by the offense in the first half, an organizational source told WEEI’s Joe Zarbano.
Team spokesman Stacey James confirmed to WEEI.com that the team had 24 footballs available, 12 of which were tested by the officials pregame and another dozen stored inside as backups.
After the officials found that the majority of the balls used in the first half were below the acceptable PSI as mandated by the NFL, the backup balls were brought in. According to the source, the backup balls were tested and found to be at the correct levels, and subsequently put into play — just barely in time, as the second half already had started by the time the testing was completed. This is why the officials stopped play and swapped out the kicking ball on the first play from scrimmage of the second half.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported late Tuesday night that 11 of the 12 game balls were underinflated. WEEI.com’s source recalled either 10 or 11 balls being a problem.
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|01.21.15 at 3:38 pm ET|
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that he didn’t notice anything odd about the state of the footballs in their divisional playoff loss to the Patriots at Gillette Stadium earlier this month.
“We did not notice anything,” Harbaugh told reporters. “We never had a ball that they used or anything like that on offense, so we don’t know anything about that in our game. We didn’t have a chance to handle any of their offensive footballs.”
The Patriots are reportedly under investigation for under inflating footballs in last Sunday’s AFC title game against the Colts.
Earlier in the week, CBS Sports reported some Ravens were questioning the kicking balls used in the game after Baltimore’s kicks and punts did not travel as far as usual. Harbaugh said there was an explanation for it.
“As far as the kicking balls, it was 20 degrees out, so the balls were softer,” Harbaugh said. “Our guys told us during the game, and I just chalked that up to the fact that it was cold and that both teams were kicking the same kicking balls, so I didn’t think really anything of it during the game. Other than that, it’s not something we’ve really given any thought to at all.”
|01.21.15 at 3:14 pm ET|
Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner didn’t speak with the media on Monday, but he offered some thoughts about the deflated football flap on social media on Wednesday afternoon.
For my 2cents Blount scored 3 rushing touchdowns. He could've carried a beach ball. Also doesn't hurt we only gave up 7 points #inflatethis
— Brandon Browner (@bbrowner27) January 21, 2015
|01.21.15 at 1:45 pm ET|
On the heels of the Deflategate controversy comes a report from Fox Sports’ Jason La Canfora that some members of the Ravens felt that the footballs they used to kick and punt were not properly inflated during their playoff loss to the Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 10.
The report credits league sources as questioning the balls after the Ravens’ kicks and punts were not traveling as far as usual.
The balls used for the teams’ offenses are treated differently than the ones used for the kicking game.
An NFL spokesman told Fox that he had no knowledge of the Ravens filing a complaint.
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