|Bryan Stork (knee) upgraded to probable for Super Bowl, joining 6 others||01.31.15 at 5:50 pm ET|
Bryan Stork (knee) was officially upgraded to probable from questionable on Saturday afternoon, just over 24 hours before kickoff against the Seahawks. Stork was limited in practice all week, and last week as well, after injuring his knee in the divisional round game and missing the AFC title game.
Six other players are still listed as probable, including Tom Brady (ankle) who participated in full in practice all week. Darrelle Revis (rest) was limited in practice Friday for the first time all season, and is probable for the game. Also probable include the players who were limited in practice all week — Akeem Ayers (Thur. and Fri. foot), Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), Chris Jones (elbow) and Sealver Siliga (foot).
The final injury report of the season came out on Friday for Super Bowl XLIX.
Here is the complete UPDATED Patriots injury report:
|Pete Carroll ‘will support’ any decision of expectant father Richard Sherman||01.30.15 at 11:42 am ET|
PHOENIX — Earlier in the week, Vince Wilfork said he would always choose family and faith over football.
Sherman has been asked this week what he would do if his son arrived in the hours before or during the Super Bowl.
Sherman thinks his boy will be a “disciplined young man,” waiting until after Sunday’s game. Sherman still would not commit on whether he’d miss the game.
‘Well that’s up to Richard,” Carroll said. “He knows that he has an opportunity to face a great decision. Whenever our players have a personal family issue that comes up, it’s always about the family first and they have to decide what’s best for them, and I support that. However he goes with that- if he’s faced with that decision- we’ll support that. We’ll see how that goes. Wish him luck.”
Of course, Carroll couldn’t help adding a little humor. “Can’t wait to see little Petey.”
PHOENIX — Even Katy Perry couldn’t resist making fun of the ridiculous hype.
We’re not talking about the Super Bowl but rather Deflategate.
Wearing a two-piece combo with a football design covering her chest, Perry made a joke before promoting her halftime performance on Sunday.
“I don’t think I’m so much of an expert on the game of football, but I can assure everyone in here, nothing in my performance will be deflated,” the pop superstar said during Thursday’s press conference.
As for hyping her own act, the 30-year-old Perry promised sharks and lions would be on stage as part of her highly-anticipated performance.
Perry also promised a secret surprise guest.
“It will be a real female-fun night. Jaws will drop, faces will melt,” Perry said.
|Bill Belichick on HOF election for Junior Seau on Saturday: ‘It’s obviously got to happen’||01.29.15 at 2:22 pm ET|
CHANDLER, Ariz. — Junior Seau will be elected to the Hall of Fame this Saturday by pro football writers.
At least that’s the assumption Bill Belichick is going on. The Patriots coach couldn’t have made his support for the player and the man more evident Thursday morning, two days before the election takes place.
“Well, it would mean a lot. It’s obviously got to happen. I can’t imagine having a Professional Football Hall of Fame without Junior Seau in it,” Belichick began. “The one word that comes to me when I think of Junior in life and football [is] passion. He’s a very passionate guy, lot of energy, lot of enthusiasm. First guy in the building in the morning, watching film, lifting weights, ready for practice, always loved to practice, flying around on the practice field, energy before the game on the sideline [and] during the game, emotional player, but a smart player.”
Seau was a 10-time All-Pro, 12-time Pro Bowl selection, and named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team. The San Diego native played college football at Southern Cal before being chosen by the Chargers as the fifth overall pick of the 1990 NFL draft. Seau started for 13 seasons for the Chargers before being traded to the Miami Dolphins, where he spent three years. Then, before the 2006 season, Belichick finally got a chance to coach one of his favorite players. He did so for the final four seasons of his career.
“[He] was a player that played with a purpose; played with good physical skill; but also good concentration, good awareness. Great team player, very supportive of his teammates, I mean, everybody in the locker room loved Junior,” Belichick said. “They loved what he did and they loved the way that he interacted with the team. He was a great player. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to coach him. We had a lot of great experiences together.”
Seau retired after the 2009 season Obviously it was the end of his career; things were a little different than when he was in San Diego and so forth. But he brought a lot of energy and passion to our team, and I personally had a very good relationship with Junior. I loved coaching him and he always expressed how much he enjoyed playing on the New England Patriots and that meant a lot to me.” Read the rest of this entry »
|Source: Fire alarms ‘not bothering [Patriots] at all’||at 1:55 pm ET|
CHANDLER, Ariz — It hasn’t risen to the level of Alarmgate yet but there’s been some loud goings on at the Patriots’ Super Bowl hotel the last two night.
But fortunately, the players haven’t been affected. So says two sources close to the team staying at the expansive Sheraton Wild Horse Pass resort.
On Monday and Wednesday nights, the alarms sounded but no Patriots have reported losing any sleep.
One player told WEEI.com that “those things aren’t bothering us at all” and “I haven’t heard any teammates saying anything at all about them.”
It’s not known exactly how or why the alarms are going off. All that’s known is that the alarms in question are located in a corner of the huge compound far removed from the players.
“If there has, I haven’t heard it,” Brady said. “I must be sleeping through it, so that’s good.”
|Brandon Browner breaks down difference between Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis||01.28.15 at 6:57 pm ET|
They’ve shown over the course of their careers that they are both great but play the game with different approaches.
How are they different? Let someone who’s played with both explain.
“We play a lot more man to man over in New England,” Brandon Browner said Wednesday. “They play a lot of cover three in Seattle. [Sherman] plays to his leverage, knowing where help is coming from. He is a cerebral football player and so is Revis. Revis, he just has a nice balance about his game. It never seems like he takes a false step left or right. His game is pretty smooth and polished. It seems like he isn’t running as hard as the guy he is covering. The guy he is covering always seems like he is sprinting and (Revis) kind of has a jog about his game.”
Browner admitted he doesn’t watch them during games because he’s busy with his own responsibilities.
“I haven’t learned too much, but I do watch them because I am a fan of the game,” Browner said. “I do like to compare and contrast things that I do good and things that they do good. I can’t say I learned too much. We kind of talk to each other, both guys, we kind of bounce ideas off each other.”
Much was made of Browner saying he would go after the injured elbow of Richard Sherman this week. But he reiterated Wednesday that statement was taken out of context since reporters don’t have a personal understanding of his friendship with Sherman.
“I couldn’t have drawn it up any better,” Browner said. “Those guys are my best friends. It is a blessing to be in this game with those guys.” Read the rest of this entry »
CHANDLER, Ariz. — At first, Bill Belichick hesitated in answering the question posed to him Wednesday morning about a new domestic abuse prevention ad that will air while his team is playing in Super Bowl XLIX Sunday.
But then he recognized an opportunity to pay respect to both the seriousness of the issue and the work owner Robert Kraft and his late wife Myra did in promoting a non-tolerance of domestic violence.
“I mean, the advertising and all that, that’s not really my field,” Belichick began. “But we certainly support the league’s efforts in that area. We’ve always done that with our team. That’s always been a priority. It’s been a priority for (owner) Mr. Kraft.”
Belichick’s relationship with Kraft didn’t begin in 2000 as head coach. He was the assistant head coach under Bill Parcells in 1996, the same season that the Patriots drafted Christian Peter in the fifth round from Nebraska.
Just a month before the draft, Peter was convicted for the eighth time in seven years, for grabbing a woman’s throat in a Nebraska bar. The pick set off a firestorm of criticism from the Boston media and Myra Kraft, wife of the Patriots owner. After learning more about Peter’s violent history, the Patriots relinquished the rights to Christian only a week after the draft. The team said that Peter’s behavior was “incompatible with our organization’s standards of acceptable conduct.”
Belichick recalled that decision and the impact it made on him.
“Going all the way back to 1996, the first year I was with the Patriots, we had an incident in the draft that’s well documented. So it’s always been that way for us, for our organization, and obviously we support everything in that area. But what the league decides to do relative to things like that, you know, it’s not really my pay grade.”