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Extra Points: Kraft's bark had no bite

By The Sports Network, 1 week 3 days ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - Robert Kraft had the big bark, but history will confirm there was no bite as the New England Patriots owner tapped out on Tuesday, deciding his team will "reluctantly" accept the NFL penalties handed down in the deflated footballs scandal. "I don't want to continue the rhetoric," Kraft said at the NFL's spring league meeting. "I'm going to accept, reluctantly, what (the...

Pats bring back LB Spikes

By The Sports Network, 1 week 4 days ago
Foxborough, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The New England Patriots have brought back Brandon Spikes, signing the linebacker to an undisclosed contract on Monday. Spikes spent his first four seasons in the league with New England before going to Buffalo for the 2014 season. A second-round pick in 2010 out of Florida by the Pats, Spikes has played in 67 career games and has 340 tackles, two...

Kraft believes in Brady's innocence

By The Sports Network, 1 week 4 days ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft apparently believes quarterback Tom Brady did not have footballs altered in the AFC Championship Game four months ago as alleged in the Wells Report. Kraft, in an interview with the Monday Morning Quarterback written by Peter King, said he believed Brady was innocent. "We had the discussion -- if you did it, let's just deal...

Patriots offer response to Wells Report

By The Sports Network, 2 weeks 1 day ago
Foxboro, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The New England Patriots have released a response to the Ted Wells report concerning the deflated balls scandal from the AFC Championship Game and said the conclusions of the investigation are basically insufficient. The report, which indicated that New England quarterback Tom Brady was "generally aware" that locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment...

Extra Points: Pats' rebuttal appears deflated

By The Sports Network, 2 weeks 1 day ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - You've probably heard it a million times ... If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? That's the classic philosophical reflection designed to provoke thought on the observation of our own reality and the possibility of unperceived existence. It's also stuff that's far too heady for the people running the NFL and its Super Bowl...

NFLPA files appeal on behalf of Brady

By The Sports Network, 2 weeks 1 day ago
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The NFL Players Association has filed an appeal of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension. Brady was suspended without pay Monday by the NFL for the first four games of the 2015 season over the deflated balls scandal. "Given the NFL's history of inconsistency and arbitrary decisions in disciplinary matters, it is only fair...

Jimmy Garoppolo Can Answer the Bell for the New England Patriots

By Mike Dussault, 2 weeks 2 days ago
When the New England Patriots selected quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft many wondered if that signalled the approaching end of Tom Brady's career. Brady instead showed little sign of slowing down last season, winning his fourth Super Bowl last season, while Garoppolo got a valuable year learning the ropes behind one of the greatest to play the game. ...

Extra Points: Covering up Goodell's credibility problem

By The Sports Network, 2 weeks 3 days ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - The cover-up is always worse than the crime. That was what the NFL was signaling when it handed down its harsh punishment of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the wake of Deflategate Monday. The league's golden boy was suspended four games without pay and his team was fined $1 million and docked two draft picks. On the surface, that kind of hit certainly...

Patriots sign LB Dekoda Watson

By The Sports Network, 2 weeks 3 days ago
Foxborough, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The New England Patriots signed linebacker Dekoda Watson on Tuesday. Last season, Watson began the season with Jacksonville and appeared in nine games with one start. He posted 14 tackles before being released in November. He then signed with the Cowboys and played in one game. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round...

Wells defends 'Deflategate' probe as impartial

By The Sports Network, 2 weeks 3 days ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - The NFL-appointed attorney who led the investigation over deflated footballs in the AFC Championship game defended his probe as impartial, a response to claims by the New England Patriots and the agent for quarterback Tom Brady that it was one-sided and unfair. Ted Wells said Tuesday that the conclusions in his report "represent the independent opinions of me personally...