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Darius Fleming proves to his teammates that he understands ‘the important things in life’ 01.20.16 at 9:57 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Those inside the Patriots locker room were not surprised by the heroics of Darius Fleming two days before the game with the Chiefs.

That’s when he saw a woman in distress inside a car that was smoking after an accident. He didn’t wait. He rushed over and kicked in a window and brought her to safety.

Could he have taken another measure that didn’t result in 22 stitches in his leg two days before a game? Maybe, as Devin McCourty related Wednesday.

“We’€™ve got great guys around here. No matter the time – playoffs, regular season, we’€™re always out in the community trying to save people [laughs],” McCourty said, referring to Vince Wilfork’s heroics after the AFC championship last January against the Colts. “Darius was really quiet about it, but once the guys on the team got a hold of it, we forced him to give a speech and everything. I think him, if you ask him about it, he explained it very simply. He saw a woman’€™s car that looked like it was smoking and he just jumped out of his car and he’€™ll admit there was probably some easier solutions he could have done, but I think it was nice. It was nice and dramatic, kick the window in and pull her out [laughs].”

Matthew Slater put a more serious tone to Fleming’s actions, which were finally detailed by the Walpole Police on Wednesday afternoon.

“I truly believe that we have guys around here that understand the important things in life, and they value the right things,” Slater said. “I think you hit it on the head, it really speaks to their character. It really speaks to the things that they value, the way they were brought up, the things that they believe in, and Darius has been a stand-up guy since he’€™s gotten here. When I heard the story, I wasn’€™t surprised at all, because you look at Darius and the way he carries himself, the way he treats people. He’€™s a tremendous young man, and we’€™re obviously all very proud of him. You never know what you’€™d do in that kind of situation, but what he did was pretty remarkable.”

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Danny Amendola, Rob Ninkovich, Devin McCourty officially active vs. Dolphins 01.03.16 at 11:31 am ET
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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The following Patriots players are inactive against the Dolphins: wide receiver Julian Edelman, linebacker Dont’a Hightower, linebacker Jonathan Freeny, cornerback Justin Coleman, defensive end Chandler Jones, defensive tackle Sealver Siliga and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer.

All these players were already ruled out on Friday, except Siliga who was ruled out earlier in the day. He returned home to attend to a family emergency.

This means a few key Patriot players are active in Danny Amenedola, Devin McCourty, Rob Ninkovich and Patrick Chung.

It will be worth monitoring how much these players play, as the team wants to make sure they are as healthy as possible for the postseason.

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DT Sealver Siliga expected to miss Sunday’s game, but DE Rob Ninkovich has made trip to Miami 01.02.16 at 5:54 pm ET
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Sealver Siliga

Sealver Siliga

The Patriots will be without defensive lineman Sealver Siliga on Sunday against the Dolphins, according to multiple reports. Siliga will be out because of a family emergency that kept him away from Friday practice. Siliga is one of several regulars who will be out for Sunday’s game, a group that includes linebacker Dont’a Hightwer, wide receiver Julian Edelman and tackle Sebastian Vollmer.

One player who is expected to be present is defensive end Rob Ninkovich. According to a league source, Ninkovich — who had been hobbled by a shin injury — was in Foxboro on Friday, but still made the trip to South Florida. Ninkovich’s absence would have made news on a number of levels, including the fact that he’s started 101 consecutive regular-season games, third overall among active DEs.

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Dont’a Hightower, Julian Edelman, Rob Ninkovich reportedly not present at Patriots practice 01.01.16 at 1:29 pm ET
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According to reports from Florida Atlantic University where the Patriots are practicing Friday, several key members of the team are not present.

Julian Edelman, Rob Ninkovich, Justin Coleman, Dont’a Hightower, Jonathan Freeny and Sebastian Vollmer were all not spotted at the beginning of practice, which does not bode well for their availability Sunday, as it’s unlikely they made the trip.

It’s been reported already Edelman didn’t make the trip and won’t play.

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Rob Ninkovich (shin), Chandler Jones (toe) among 12 Patriots limited 12.31.15 at 3:19 pm ET
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The Patriots are departing for South Florida as a pretty injured bunch.

Two players missed Thursday’s session all together, while 12 were limited.

Rob Ninkovich returned to practice after missing Wednesday, but was limited with a shin injury suffered in Sunday’s loss. Chandler Jones was also limited, as his toe injury was a new addition to the injury report.

Wide receivers Danny Amendola (knee) and Julian Edelman (foot) remain limited, while cornerback Justin Coleman and tackle Sebastian Vollmer did not practice, which is not a good sign for their availability for Sunday.

Here is the complete Patriots injury report:

DID NOT PRACTICE

DB Justin Coleman (concussion)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPANT

WR Danny Amendola (knee)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
TE Scott Chandler (knee)
DE Rob Ninkovich (shin)
S Patrick Chung (foot)
S Devin McCourty (ankle)
LB Dont’a Hightower (knee)
LB Jonathan Freeny (hand)
WR Brandon LaFell (foot)
G Josh Kline (shoulder)
OT LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder)
DE Chandler Jones (toe, abdomen)

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Rob Ninkovich, Jonathan Freeny return to practice, Sebastian Vollmer still absent at 11:34 am ET
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Tom Brady and Julian Edelman stretch before practice Thursday. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Tom Brady and Julian Edelman stretch before practice Thursday. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — In a sign that they could be ready to play Sunday if needed, linebackers Rob Ninkovich (shin) and Jonathan Freeny (hand) returned to practice Thursday in sweats and shells outside Gillette Stadium.

The only two players not spotted were left tackle Sebastian Vollmer and defensive back Justin Coleman. Vollmer injured his left ankle last Sunday in the first quarter of the loss to the Jets while Coleman is still undergoing concussion protocol from last week’s game.

Freeny and Patrick Chung were wearing red non-contact jerseys during the media portion of the workout, which was limited to stretching. It was the second straight day Chung was on hand wearing the red jersey.

Mother nature cooperated for the final practice in Foxboro for 2015 as the lower grass field was splashed with sunshine and temperatures in the upper 40s.

The team conducted Thursday’s practice for Foxboro before scheduling their departure for South Florida later in the afternoon. The team will practice Friday in the Fort Lauderdale area for a final time before taking on the 5-10 Dolphins Sunday at Sun Life Stadium.

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Dont’a Hightower, Julian Edelman among 9 limited at Patriots practice 12.30.15 at 4:25 pm ET
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Dont'a Hightower

Dont’a Hightower

FOXBORO — The Patriots are clearly banged up going into the regular-season finale Sunday against the Dolphins.

Four players didn’t practice at all on Wednesday, while nine were limited, including Dont’a Hightower, who wasn’t spotted during the media availability period. Also among the limited were Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman and Scott Chandler.

Rob Ninkovich, Jonathan Freeny, Sebastian Vollmer and Justin Coleman didn’t practice at all.

Defensive end Chandler Jones was a full participant with an abdomen injury.

Here is the complete Patriots injury report:

DID NOT PRACTICE

DE Rob Ninkovich (leg)
DB Justin Coleman (concussion)
LB Jonathan Freeny (hand)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPANT

WR Danny Amendola (knee)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
TE Scott Chandler (knee)
S Patrick Chung (foot)
S Devin McCourty (ankle)
LB Dont’a Hightower (knee)
WR Brandon LaFell (foot)
G Josh Kline (shoulder)
OT LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder)

FULL PARTICIPANT

DE Chandler Jones (abdomen)

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