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Jon Jones on younger brother: Chandler is going through ‘growing pains’ 01.26.16 at 1:55 pm ET
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It’s been almost two weeks since Chandler Jones’ incident at the Foxboro Police station reportedly after taking synthetic marijuana.

Chandler’s brother, Jon, who has been involved with some legal trouble himself, including a hit-and-run accident that led to a suspension and the UFC stripping him of his light heavyweight title. The UFC reinstated him last year although he hasn’t returned to action as of yet.

Jon spoke with TMZ Sports about Chandler’s incident, calling it “growing pains.”

“Chandler is doing great,” Jon said. Chandler is doing really good. Chandler is a young guy who has a lot thrown at him, a new level of fame and success. New opportunities. He’s going through his growing pains and doing what he has to do to make things right. Chandler is in a good position, man. I am so happy for him.”

Chandler had one tackle in Sunday’s AFC championship.

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Rob Gronkowski, Chandler Jones, Jamie Collins active for Patriots in AFC championship 01.24.16 at 1:39 pm ET
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DENVER — The following Patriots players are inactive for Sunday’s AFC championship against the Broncos: offensive lineman Tre’ Jackson, offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle, defensive lineman Ishmaaily Kitchen, linebacker Jon Bostic, safety Tavon Wilson, wide receiver Chris Harper and defensive end Geneo Grissom.

Jackson and Waddle were already ruled out as they didn’t make the trip. Linebacker Kevin Snyder is active after being signed from the practice squad Saturday, over Bostic who has been with the team almost all season.

This means Rob Gronkowski, Chandler Jones, Jamie Collins, Dont’a Hightower and Julian Edelman, who were all questionable are active for the game.

Harper is inactive for the second straight game. The last time the Patriots played Denver he muffed a punt in the fourth quarter that completely changed the game.

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Jamie Collins, Chandler Jones, Rob Gronkowski among 16 Patriots questionable for AFC championship 01.22.16 at 2:33 pm ET
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Jamie Collins

Jamie Collins

While the Patriots had perfect attendance at their Friday practice, it doesn’t mean they are fully healthy heading into the AFC title game Sunday against the Broncos.

The team listed 16 players as questionable and five more as probable.

The notable questionable players are Jamie Collins, Chandler Jones and Matthew Slater, who all suffered injuries in the divisional round win over the Chiefs.

It would seem Collins would be the one player to watch for the most, as his back injury seems to be the most problematic of the bunch. He’s also vital in the middle of the defense with Dont’a Hightower, who is also questionable, but will in all likelihood play.

Tom Brady headlines five probable players, along with Brandon LaFell and Patrick Chung.

Here is the complete Patriots injury report:

QUESTIONABLE
OL Tre’€™ Jackson (knee)
TE Rob Gronkowski (knee/back)
LB Jonathan Freeny (hand)
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
TE Scott Chandler (knee)
LB Jamie Collins (back)
LB Darius Fleming (back/shin)
DB Nate Ebner (hand)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
LB Dont’€™a Hightower (knee)
DE Chandler Jones (abdomen/toe)
DE Rob Ninkovich (shin)
C Bryan Stork (ankle)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (ankle)
OT LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder)
WR/ST Matthew Slater (shin)

PROBABLE
QB Tom Brady (ankle)
OL Josh Kline (shoulder)
WR Brandon LaFell (foot)
S Devin McCourty (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (foot)

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Scout’s Take: 3 keys to victory for Patriots, Broncos in AFC title game at 1:25 pm ET
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Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will meet Sunday with the AFC title at stake. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will meet Sunday with the AFC title at stake. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

To help break down this weekend’s AFC championship game between the Patriots and Broncos, we’ve sought some guidance from Dan Hatman, a former scout for the Eagles, Giants and Jets who now is the director of scouting development at The Scouting Academy. Because Dan’s notes are so thorough, there’s not much of a need for our usual explainers at the end — so without further ado, here are three keys to victory for New England and three keys to victory for Denver.

Three keys to victory for the Patriots:

1. Separation quickness from receivers. Denver defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has the personnel and likes to leverage man coverage frequently. Having tight (press) alignments in the first five to seven yards decreases the ease of getting the ball out of your hand quickly. Brady made the offensive lines’ job easier last week by getting the ball out quickly (by my count, he averaged 2.19 seconds to throw, the lowest in the playoffs). His receivers will need to help him do the same against another tough pass rush front.

2. Bigger impact from Chandler Jones. He is the best pass rusher on the unit and Jones will be needed to disrupt Peyton’s footwork — even if he doesn’t get home. Peyton needs his whole body and delivery process in order to maximize his arm strength, and Jones needs to get him off his spot, or delivering from a poor platform where intermediate passes can become jump balls. Peyton is also the only quarterback with a shorter average time to throw than Brady (2.31 vs. 2.35).

3. James White vs. Brandon Marshall. White has been heavily used in the passing game in the recent weeks, and with the obvious tell that he brings when he steps on the field (the Patriots have thrown it on almost 100 percent of his snaps when he’s been on the field), it becomes less about misdirection, and more about whether can White separate consistently from linebackers like Marshall and Danny Trevathan in order to provide another weapon in the short passing game for Brady.

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Chandler Jones, Rob Gronkowski among 16 Patriots limited in Thursday practice 01.21.16 at 4:48 pm ET
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Chandler Jones

FOXBORO — The Patriots injury report is rather lengthy.

Although every player practiced, the team had 16 players listed as limited, including Chandler Jones and Rob Gronkowski.

They did get some good news, as after sitting out of Wednesday’s walkthrough, Matthew Slater was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice.

The session was a full padded practice held on the lower grass field behind Gillette Stadium.

Safety Patrick Chung (foot) was added, but he was a full participant.

Here is the full Patriots injury report:

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
OL Tre’€™ Jackson (knee)
TE Rob Gronkowski (knee/back)
LB Jonathan Freeny (hand)
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
TE Scott Chandler (knee)
LB Jamie Collins (back)
LB Darius Fleming (back/shin)
DB Nate Ebner (hand)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
LB Dont’€™a Hightower (knee)
DE Chandler Jones (abdomen/toe)
DE Rob Ninkovich (shin)
C Bryan Stork (ankle)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (ankle)
OT LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder)
WR/ST Matthew Slater (shin)

FULL PARTICIPATION
QB Tom Brady (ankle)
OL Josh Kline (shoulder)
WR Brandon LaFell (foot)
S Devin McCourty (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (foot)

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Perfect attendance at Patriots practice Thursday at 1:04 pm ET
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FOXBORO — All Patriots players on the active roster and practice squad were accounted for at Thursday’s full padded practice held on the grass fields behind Gillette Stadium in advance of Sunday’s AFC championship game against the Broncos.

Matthew Slater (shin), who missed Wednesday’s walkthrough, was present. Jamie Collins and Chandler Jones, who were injured against the Chiefs were present as well.

All this is good news heading into Sunday’s AFC title game.

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Jamie Collins, Chandler Jones, Rob Gronkowski present at Patriots walkthrough 01.20.16 at 12:46 pm ET
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Jamie Collins

Jamie Collins

FOXBORO — The Patriots held a walkthrough Wednesday in advance of Sunday’s AFC championship game and all their key injured players were present at the session inside the Empower Field House at Gillette Stadium.

After leaving Saturday’s win over the Chiefs with injuries, both Chandler Jones and Jamie Collins were present. Jones appeared to injure his leg, while Collins injured his back.

Rob Gronkowski was also present after missing two practices last week with knee and back injuries.

The only player missing was offensive lineman Tre’ Jackson, who missed last week’s game with a knee injury.

The team will practice Thursday and Friday before leaving for Denver later that afternoon. The first injury report will be released later in the afternoon on Wednesday.

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