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Cameron Fleming: ‘It means a lot we were able to keep Tom [Brady] clean’ 11.08.15 at 10:21 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Coming into Sunday, Cameron Fleming had never protected a quarterback’s blindside, not in high school, not in college and not in the pros.

Good thing he didn’t let Tom Brady know that.

Turns out, Brady didn’t have anything to worry about. Fleming moved to left tackle from the right side when Sebastian Vollmer went out with a concussion in the first half. Bryan Stork came on to take Fleming’s spot at right tackle.

The result? No sacks and two Brady touchdown passes in a 27-10 Patriots win at Gillette Stadium. The run game wasn’t bad either, as LeGarrette Blount ran for 129 yards on 29 carries.

“When you’€™re called on you’€™ve just got to be prepared,” Fleming said. “I was prepared for it. It’€™s a little bit exciting. I’€™ve never been over there before, so it’€™s cool. I liked it.

“I had to switch my legs. It’€™s the same position, it’€™s just on a different side. You have to kind of flip everything in your head. I’€™ve practiced it. We worked on rotating just in case something happened. We were definitely prepared.”

Brady gave his offensive line lots of inspiration during the game and lots of love after the game, though he did joke he didn’t know when the decision was made to let Fleming play left tackle.

“It means a lot,” Fleming said of earning Brady’s trust. “We’€™re all prepared to play. We’€™re all ready to contribute to the team and it means a lot that we were able to keep Tom clean because that’€™s the name of the game.”

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Tom Brady revels in the success of his ‘unbelievable’ offensive line, ‘hopes for the best’ going forward at 7:41 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Tom Brady didn’t flinch.

With chaos going on around him, he took the time on the sideline to let everyone know during the game Sunday that they would find a way to overcome another significant injury on the offensive line.

Brady was hit a couple of times Sunday but wasn’t sacked despite the fact he lost starting left tackle Sebastian Vollmer to a head injury in the first half.

Cameron Fleming, who had never played the position in his life in a game, switched over to left tackle and Bryan Stork, the starting center on the Super Bowl team of last year, moved over to right tackle. With the makeshift line, Brady completed 26-of-39 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns and an interception in a 27-10 win.

Does Brady have any concern the injuries on the offensive line will eventually catch up with the Patriots?

“Those guys, they play so hard. I mean, we went into the game with six offensive linemen,” Brady said. “So, you just hope for the best, and then obviously with Seabass [Sebastian Vollmer] going down, it puts a lot of strain on those guys. And a lot of guys scrambled to figure out exactly what we’re going to do. And they played really hard, so I’m proud of them. I mean, for Bryan [Stork] to play right tackle, he hadn’t played center this year and he goes in and plays right tackle. It’s like, unbelievable, and then Flem [Cameron Fleming] to go to left tackle, which … I don’t know when we thought about doing that, but that’s what happens when you’re a little bit under pressure.”

Brady’s line was part tongue-in-cheek, part quizzical as he couldn’t even believe the Patriots were in such a situation after losing Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon already this season. Solder is done for the year. Cannon has a toe injury and there’s no word on when he might return.

It also didn’t hurt to get the running game going to the tune of 37 carries and 161 yards against the 30th-ranked run defense in the NFL. Blount accounted for 129 yards on 29 carries.

“It was great. We possessed the ball quite a bit during the first quarter and had some great drives there, and the run game was a real big factor,” Brady said. “The more balanced we are, the better it is for the quarterback, so it was great. He made some big runs, especially when there wasn’t a lot there. But [the way] he runs, it’s running through guys. He had a great kind of run where he spun out of a bunch of tackles and ran for I don’t know, 15, 17 yards or something like that there in the third quarter on a big touchdown drive. It was great to see it. Hopefully we can do more of it.”

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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price talk Patriots win, Dion Lewis, Sebastian Vollmer injuries at 6:50 pm ET
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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price explain how the Patriots overcame injuries to starting left tackle Sebastian Vollmer and a knee injury to Dion Lewis to overpower the Redskins, 27-10, Sunday at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots improve to 8-0 for the second time in franchise history, joining the Bengals and Panthers as 8-0 teams in the NFL.

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Jamie Collins (illness) inactive for Patriots, Bryan Stork returns at 11:48 am ET
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Jamie Collins

FOXBORO — The Patriots will be without linebacker Jamie Collins as they take on the Redskins at Gillette Stadium.

The linebacker showed up on the injury report Saturday afternoon with an illness. He was ruled out when the inactives came out before Sunday’s game.

Also inactive Sunday are defensive lineman Jabaal Sheard, offensive linemen Tre’ Jackson and Marcus Cannon, receiver Keshawn Martin, running back James White and defensive lineman Trey Flowers.

This means that center Bryan Stork will make his 2015 debut after missing the first seven games with a concussion. Bill Belichick indicated on the team’s radio pregame game show that Stork will play “all spots” along the offensive line, leading to the presumption that rookie David Andrews will remain at center as he has all season. Andrews has played every offensive snap this season.

Linebackers Jerod Mayo, Jonathan Freeny and Jonathan Bostic will likely step up and fill the snaps in Collins’ absence.

For the Redskins, quarterback Robert Griffin III is officially inactive while cornerback DeAngelo Hall and defensive tackle Terrance Knighton are also out.

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Live Blog: Tom Brady, Patriots look to remain perfect against 3-4 Redskins at 11:23 am ET
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Setting the scene: Perfect Patriots welcome short-handed Redskins to Gillette at 10:34 am ET
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Sunday mark's the annual "Salute to Service" at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Sunday mark’s the annual “Salute to Service” at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — For the first time this year, a true touch of fall will be the air at Gillette Stadium as the Patriots look to remain perfect against the injury-riddled and short-handed Redskins.

The forecast calls for brilliant sunshine and temperatures in the low 50s as the 7-0 Patriots battle the 3-4 Redskins. There will be a chilly breeze out of the northwest at 9 MPH.

The Patriots are playing their first game in November, a month they’ve posted a 40-15 record in since 2001. Like many of their win-loss stats, it’s the best such mark in the NFL over that 15-year period.

With a win today, the Patriots are guaranteed to finish the season with a record of at least .500 for the 15th consecutive season. Every other NFL team has had at least one losing season in that period.

Since realignment in 2002, the Patriots are 43-10 against the NFC, also the best such mark in the NFL. The Patriots open November with a pair of games against the NFC East, hosting the Redskins today before traveling to New York for a showdown with the Giants next Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

The game against the team from the nation’s capital will appropriately mark “Salute to Service” at Gillette Stadium. There will be a giant American flag unfurled in pregame ceremonies while the national anthem will be sung by Technical Sergeant Hannah Shirey, a soprano vocalist with the Singing Sergeants and the United States Air Force Band in Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C.

After all the pomp and circumstance, there will be the matter of the game, and the Patriots certainly seem to have a distinct advantage across the board.

The Redskins will not have their starting nose tackle as Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton stayed home with a migraine headache. Starting corner DeAngelo Hall is not likely to play as he is dealing with a toe injury and Breshaud Breeland is dealing with a hamstring injury and could be limited in his effectiveness.

The Patriots might not have the services of starting linebacker Jamie Collins, as he was added to the injury report on Saturday with an illness.

Chris Price has a detailed look at what to expect from a scouting report perspective while Ryan Hannable takes a look at 10 fun facts to keep in mind while watching the game.

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Report: DeSean Jackson will play for first time since Week 1, CB DeAngelo Hall ‘long shot’ at 9:25 am ET
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DeSean Jackson says he feels ready to return Sunday against the Patriots after missing the last six games. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

DeSean Jackson says he feels ready to return Sunday against the Patriots after missing the last six games. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — The Washington Redskins better be ready to play a game of keep away in their effort to shock the Patriots and keep the game close.

Their offense is getting a boost today as wide receiver DeSean Jackson is expected to play, a source tells NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Jackson has not played since a Week 1 loss to the Dolphins when he injured his left hamstring. Rapoport reports he has also been battling ankle and toe issues as well, though they were not listed on the official injury report this week.

Jackson told reporters in Washington earlier in the week that he expected to be ready to go this week. It appears he’s ready to make good on that promise.

While Washington’s offense is getting a boost, their defense could be down two of its very best players. Nose tackle Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton didn’t even make the trip to Foxboro and is out for the game with a migraine. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall is a “long shot” to play with a toe injury. He was limited all week.

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