|Matt Light on D&C: ‘I really didn’t know’ Aaron Hernandez||10.02.13 at 9:36 am ET|
Former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday to discuss the imprisoned Aaron Hernandez, the injured Vince Wilfork and the 4-0 Patriots.
Light made headlines this summer for telling the Dayton Daily News that he “never believed in anything Hernandez stood for,” following the former tight end’s arrest for murder.
Two weeks ago, Light backpedaled on his original statement, saying that he never made those comments to the reporter.
“I really didn’t know [Hernandez], to be honest with you,” Light said. “I played a couple of seasons and he wasn’t out there a lot. You focus on the guys you’re with. There were times, I hate to admit this, that I didn’t know who some of the guys in our secondary were.
“It’s kind of crazy to think that there’s only 53 guys on the roster active and you don’t know some of those guys, but the truth is you don’t because you’re so locked in to what you do.”
The Patriots moved to 4-0 on Sunday with a 30-23 win over the Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The fast start is somewhat surprising considering a hampered offense that’s missing its top five receivers from last year, and without headline offseason acquisition Danny Amendola.
“The team’s where the team wants to be right now,” Light said. “Who wouldn’t want to be 4-0 a quarter of the way through the season, seeing a lot of growth out of some young players?”
The frustration of missing those top receivers boiled over in New England’s 13-10 Week 2 win over the Jets for Tom Brady, who constantly lashed out at his young wide receiving corps.
“You’ve never been frustrated in life? I mean, come on, it should be no surprise that it’s going to take a little bit of a curve,” Light said. “Although I would say after Week 1 and 2 there were many people talking about how crazy it was to bring in these young receivers, when I think from the beginning, a lot of people within the organization said they had a lot of confidence in them. To think there were going to be zero frustrations with a young football team and you wouldn’t see any of that play out is just kind of silly — that’s how it works.”
|Poll: How much should Tom Brady play against Bucs?||08.16.13 at 5:40 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Given what happened to Tom Brady in practice on Wednesday, we want to know how concerned you are about the star quarterback playing in a meaningless preseason game against Tampa Bay.
Brady has reportedly indicated he will play Friday against the Bucs, despite a bruised left knee sustained when Nate Solder tripped over him in practice.
FOXBORO — The question doesn’t appear to be will he or won’t he, but how much?
How much will Tom Brady play in the preseason home opener Friday night against Tampa Bay at Gillette Stadium?
The opposition will be the same team and the same right defensive end – Adrian Clayborn – that bull-rushed Nate Solder into the left knee of Brady on Wednesday in full pads practice, causing all of Patriots Nation to gasp for air.
But after the initial panic subsided, it was revealed that Brady escaped with only a bruised left knee and a very mild sprain. He returned to practice on Thursday, when both teams were in shorts and shells and almost no risk was involved.
Last week, Brady played 16 snaps over two series, with the first drive encompassing six runs and no passes. Brady was 7-for-8 in the second drive, with both resulting in touchdowns. Under normal circumstances, the expectation would be for Brady to play three or four and play into the second quarter but that may not be the case in preseason game No. 2. .
As for the conditions, mother nature is certainly cooperating, with mostly clear skies and temperatures expected around 70 degrees for the 8 p.m. kickoff on national TV (FOX-25).
This is the first Patriots home game since the Boston Marathon attacks. There will be a moment of silence for the victims and an on-field tribute to the Marathon first responders before kick-off.
The two teams are meeting in the preseason for the third straight season and the fifth time since 2007. But this is the first time Tampa Bay has ever played a preseason game at Gillette Stadium, with the previous five games being played at Raymond James Stadium.
The Bucs lead the all-time preseason series, 8-2, while the Patriots have won five of the seven meetings in the regular season, including 2009 when the Pats prevailed, 35-7, in London.
The cover of GAMEDAY magazine continues with a Patriots tradition under coach Bill Belichick. All 10 offseason workout award winners are featured on the cover, led by Brady. Other winners include Rob Ninkovich, Aqib Talib, Solder, Dane Fletcher, Ras-I Dowling, Danny Amendola, Jerod Mayo, Vince Wilfork and Matthew Slater.
WEEI.com’s Christopher Price has a round-up of players fans should expect to see play and those expected to sit this one out.
|Tom Brady returns to Patriots practice on Thursday||08.15.13 at 2:14 pm ET|
FOXBORO — After going down in a heap on Wednesday, immediately inducing panic throughout Patriot Nation, Tom Brady was back on the practice field on Thursday for the beginning of practice on Thursday, calming the fears of most fans.
Brady jogged onto field to applause at start of Patriots practice. He was wearing a knee brace on the left knee that was hit the day before.
On Wednesday, Brady fell backwards and immediately clutched his left knee, the same knee that was surgically repaired after he tore his ACL in the 2008 season opener. His left tackle, Nate Solder, tripped over him after being bull-rushed by Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn.
Brady and the Patriots were only in shorts and shells as they held the third of three joint practices with the Buccaneers.
After limping off the field Wednesday, Brady returned for five snaps before leaving for good to have an MRI. The MRI revealed no structural damage, with numerous reports indicating that he had only a bruise and a sprain to the left knee.
Brady reportedly told those close to him that he intended on practicing Thursday and playing in the team’s second preseason game Friday night against Tampa Bay at Gillette Stadium.
The day before a game is usually a light walkthrough, and the Patriots and Buccaneers were scheduled only to practice against each other for two hours.
|Reports: Tom Brady has ‘sprain’ of left knee, considered not serious||08.14.13 at 6:21 pm ET|
FOXBORO — An exam performed on Tom Brady Wednesday afternoon revealed a sprain of his left knee but the injury is not considered serious, according to a report by WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche, who also serves as the team’s preseason TV announcer.
Brady injured the knee in Wednesday’s joint practice with Tampa Bay when Buccaneers right defensive end Adrian Clayborn bull rushed Nate Solder into the the left leg of Brady. Clayborn said he forced Solder into Brady, causing Solder to trip over the quarterback.
Solder said he’ll have to look more closely at film to see what happened.
On the play, Brady threw a sideline pass to Aaron Dobson. As Brady grabbed his left knee, several teammates and coach Bill Belichick stood over him, waiting for him to get up.
Brady came out limping and then returned for five plays before leaving practice for good, heading to the adjacent practice bubble, where he was examined by medical staff, including trainer Jim Whalen.
The star quarterback immediately grabbed his left knee, the same knee he had reconstructed after tearing the ACL in the 2008 season opener against Bernard Pollard and the Chiefs.
Here are the multiple accounts on Twitter on Wednesday evening concerning Tom Brady’s injury:
Tests showed that Tom Brady has no structural damage, and that his previous ACL reconstruction was not compromised in any way. ….
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 14, 2013
… And the clean MRI means that Brady suffered no significant ligament damage. Doesn’t mean it won’t bother him, but should be fine.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 14, 2013
Again, my understanding is that Brady will be fine and will be looked at again- but looks like knee ok – #wbz
— Dan Roche (@RochieWBZ) August 14, 2013
MRI on Patriots QB Tom Brady’s knee was negative and he now is considered day to day, per ESPN source with knowledge of injury.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 14, 2013
|Nate Solder: ‘I’ll have to see what happened on film’||at 5:49 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Nate Solder said after Wednesday’s practice he didn’t know what happened on the play where he collapsed onto Tom Brady, forcing the quarterback to leave the session prematurely with some sort of left knee or leg injury.
The Patriots left tackle, who was apparently blocked into Brady by Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn, said he’ll have to take a look at the film before he makes any sort of declarative statement on what happened on the play.
“I don’t know what happened. I’ll have to see what happened on film,” he told reporters after Wednesday’s practice session. “There were a few different things that happened, so I’ll have to see it.
“I’ll have to see exactly what happened,” he added. “That’s a tough question to answer right now.”
Solder, who had been having a pretty good training camp, drew positive reviews from Clayborn, who said the Colorado product is “a very good left tackle.” Entering his third season with New England, the 25-year-old Solder has started 29 of a possible 32 regular season games over the course of his professional career.
“We’re always working to protect and everything, so … you know, I’ll have to see what happened on film,” he said. “I screwed some things up here and there, and we’ll work to improve it.”
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FOXBORO — Tampa Bay right defensive end Adrian Clayborn said after Wednesday’s joint practice with the Patriots that he and New England left tackle Nate Solder got tangled up, and in the ensuing scrum, Solder was the one who collapsed into quarterback Tom Brady.
“I bull rushed the tackle and apparently he tripped on Brady and fell on him,” Clayborn said.
“You always have to stay away from the quarterback, but if you get a guy on his heels, my instinct is to keep going. And that’s what I did.”
The Patriots quarterback was leading an 11-on-11 drill roughly midway through the practice session when he went down after attempting a pass to receiver Aaron Dobson against the Tampa Bay defense. Brady lay on the ground for a few seconds before slowly walking off. He spent a few moments on the sidelines, flexing his knee, and returned to practice for a few more snaps before disappearing from the sideline — Brady and New England trainer Jim Whalen appeared to duck into the Dana-Farber Fieldhouse, next to the practice field.
Asked what he’s thinking when he sees a quarterback go down like that, Clayborn offered a simple answer.
“Hopefully, he gets back up,” he said.
“Coach Belichick and I, we stress to our teams ‘Let them throw the football — rush the passer, but go by them. Don’t get [near] them.’ I cant tell you (what happened) because I didn’t see what happened, but I’ll look at it on tape,” said Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano. “I hope he’s OK.”
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